Freedom is For Everyone (Core Values)

New Philly Sydney
Preached by Paul Yoo on May 25, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 48 minutes (audio)

Discussion Questions

  1. Would you characterize many Christians in churches today as not living in freedom but in slavery to things like fear, anxiety, depression, addictions, and the like? If so, why do you think that is? What might it look like for a church to be filled with members who are living lives of freedom and victory?
  2. New Philly’s vision statement is “to raise up an army of mighty warriors who will go out in the anointing of the Holy Spirit to bind up the broken hearted and proclaim freedom for the captives.” How is New Philly’s vision statement different that of other churches you’ve seen? Does anything about it stand out to you?
  3. Do you or anyone you know have a testimony of one who’s been set free and has stayed free? Please share with the group.
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    Fighting to Stay Free

  5. Read Ephesians 2:1-3. The bible teaches that three things are set against us as enemies once we resolve to live for Christ. What are those three things? (For help, see the answer below.)
  6. What do you think about the following statement: “With so many enemies set against us, you not only have to fight to be set free, but you have to fight to stay free.” What resources has God given us so that we can continue to walk in freedom once we are set free?
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    The Image of God

  8. The bible says that every human being is made in the image of God, and therefore every person has value, worth, and dignity. Do you believe that all people have value, worth, and dignity, apart from any abilities they have or anything they’ve done?
  9. It’s been proven that the idea of human rights came from the bible and that this idea, through the church, influenced Western thought and institutions. What would happen to the idea of human rights in a society that has lost the idea of God? What would you have to base the dignity and value of human life on?
  10. G.K. Chesterton said, “The secular person goes first to a political meeting, where he complains the natives are being treated as if they are beasts. Then he goes to a scientific meeting, where he proves that all human beings actually are beasts.”

  11. Do you believe that God’s people are called to fight for the freedom of all who are created in God’s image? What are some concerns or burdens that are on your heart for people who are not living in freedom, whether locally or globally? How are you involved, or what can you do to contribute towards that? Spend some time praying for one of these issues.It’s been proven that the idea of human rights came from the bible and that this idea, through the church, influenced Western thought and institutions. What would happen to the idea of human rights in a society that has lost the idea of God? What would you have to base the dignity and value of human life on?
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    Split up into gender-specific groups

  13. Are there any areas in your life in which you are not living in freedom? If possible, take this opportunity to meet with an Active Leader in your group and walk through Healing & Deliverance. Or you can set up an appointment to receive H&D with an Active Leader at another time.

Answer to Question 4: the world, the flesh, and the devil.

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