Freedom is something that we cherish and something that wars have been fought to preserve.
But as we think about this concept of freedom we see that we all live under a variety of constraints – some that we willingly accept, others that we resist and resent.
When Jesus speaks to some Jews, when Paul writes to the church at Rome, this question of freedom arises and is challenged – with arguments that, by nature, we are slaves to sin and that the only way to true freedom is through Jesus.
Do we need to reassess this idea of freedom and think carefully about what it really means and how we can obtain it?
Readings: John 8:31-36; Romans 6:1-7
Questions to think about:
- What things are you most aware of constraining your freedom to do what you want? How do you respond to that?
- What change does being freed by Jesus make in your life?
- What do you think of Paul’s argument that people without faith in Jesus are “slaves to sin”? Does this help explain anything we see going on around us?