Dear <<First Name>>,
We often talk about Jesus setting us free. But what does freedom look like? What are we set free from? Sin? Sorrow? Hardship? Hopelessness? Fear? More importantly, what are we set free for? Why does God set us free, for what heavenly purpose?
Paul's letter to the Galatians, as we've been studying, is about grace, which is intimately related to freedom. Paul writes: "For freedom Christ has set us free," and then urges us to take the freedom of God's grace and use that freedom not for our own self-indulgence, but to love and serve one another.
We have a unique and powerful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of freedom in the coming weeks. Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vassa, was an enslaved African who earned his freedom and wrote his autobiography in the 18th century. His narrative, his life and his work were instrumental in the movement to abolish the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Recent research has shown he was buried on the site of our church, and we are now hosting an art exhibit telling his story in his own words. It will be on display in the sanctuary starting this Sunday.
What does freedom mean to you? How are we using the freedom of grace to love and serve one another?
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