Already Free (Part 1) by Christina Patterson

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Already Free (Part 1)
Series: Already Free, A Study on the Book of Galatians
Christina Patterson
Galatians 1:1-7

Have you ever felt trapped or stuck in life? Have you ever felt held back and restrained from experiencing the freedom in Christ we read about in the Bible?

If you have, I completely understand. And I want to encourage you to know this: the freedom to love, and hope, and dream, and have joy, and peace, and satisfaction is not a fairy tale. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can experience true freedom. And when I say “freedom” I don't mean the ability to do whatever we want to do. That's not freedom. That's actually just being a slave to our desires and feelings. The freedom that I want us to experience and grow in is the ability to enjoy God in the purposeful life that He has planned for us—free from our wavering feelings, free from the opinions of others, free from sin, guilt, shame, and anything else that's preventing us from living free in Christ. And if there is a book in the Bible that is going to help us to do that, it's Galatians. Which is why I am so excited to introduce our next Bible study series called "Already Free" that will take us through the book of Galatians and show us how to truly live free in Christ. 

A few weeks ago, my husband and I watched the movie Risen about a Roman soldier who investigates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. During his search he captures Mary Magdalene to question her about Jesus. During the interrogation the Roman Soldier tells Mary that if she will just tell him where Jesus is, he will let her go and free her, to which she responds, “I am already free.” 

Those two words— “already free”—really resonated with me. See, as women of God, when we truly grasp what it is to live free in Christ, we won't get sidetracked with the false freedom the world offers. If we know we are already free in Christ, we won't become slaves to the things of this world. 

See, I believe the freedom we desire is here and is already ours. Jesus has already done the works of setting us free. Now it's up to us to align ourselves with His truth and boldly claim the freedom that is ours, which is the true freedom found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. This leads us to the book of Galatians that outlines why true freedom is found in Jesus Christ, and how we can practically experience that freedom today. 

So I want to start today's study really simple with a general introduction to Galatians. The book of Galatians is actually a letter written by the apostle Paul to the Christians in Galatia. Paul was a Jew called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, people that were not Jewish. You can read about his conversion to Christianity in Acts 9:1-19. An apostle was someone sent out by God to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who had not heard it.&nb ...

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