Life, Slavery & the Pursuit of Happiness

On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted a statement known as “The Declaration of Independence,” announcing that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states – no longer a part of the British Empire – and calling themselves, “The United States of America.” The most well known line within the Declaration indicates that Americans have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Liberty is freedom. But what is true freedom? What does the Bible have to say about freedom? This is what Craig and I tackle in this teaching, whereby we look at Psalm 119 and talk about how freedom is always found in the context of restraints. Often times we feel like those constraints are slavery, but in fact they are freedom. We go awry in our lives when we mistake freedom for slavery and slavery for freedom. In order to have true freedom, we’re looking for slavery to the Scriptures of God, the Son, and the Spirit.

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