Freedom and truth

This is one of a series of short reflections that can be used by individuals or small groups. It may be worth considering keeping a journal to make notes as you use each reflection.

In this session…..we shall be looking at what it means to know Jesus.  Knowing Jesus means real freedom. He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. He frees us from the consequences of sin, and self deception.

Settling in.
Spend a few moments to prepare to be open to receive from God during this reflection.
You may consider putting your phone on silent for a while. Light a candle. Get comfortable.

Opening worship

Have a short time of quiet, and then say this prayer

Almighty God,
we gather in your name and bring ourselves before you:
your burden is light.

When we are heavy of heart,
and the pressures of life push us down,
we bring ourselves before you:
your burden is light.

When we are in need of rest,
tired from the activities of the past week,
we bring ourselves before you:
your burden is light.

Jesus, gentle, humble Lord,
we leave behind that which holds us back,
and devote ourselves to celebrating the wonder of your love,
Amen

Listen to this song from the Taize community

Reflection

Read John 8: 31-38

Read again verse 36:

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” You have no authority or power to set yourself free. You’re not strong enough. You are not smart enough. You are not good enough or spiritual enough. You are a hopeless slave to sin. But there is a Son who is strong enough, smart enough, good enough, and spiritual enough. So if this authoritative Son sets you free then and only then will you be free indeed.

 Reflect on what freedom means to you:

1. Does freedom mean doing what you like?

2. What does it  mean to you personally to be set free from sin by Christ?

3.  What will you do with this freedom you have been given?

Reflection: The truth will set you free.
This is a promise for all of us. Jesus says in verse 32 that the truth will set you free.  But just like Peter, when God comes powerfully into the prison, removes our chains, and sets us free we have to walk out.

Jesus is promises that he will meet you where you are. He will remove your chains and set you free.
He will give you a new heart and put his Spirit in you.
He will never leave you, so you can safely  begin the journey out into his glorious light.

Reflect on the areas of your life where you seek a new freedom. What are the things that imprison you?

Closing Worship

Have a time of silence.
Remember that we are all called to be followers of Christ

Light a candle

Make a new commitment to God in thanks for his love and the freedom and truth that you have been given in Jesus Christ.

Listen to (and join in with!) this hymn:

End with this prayer:

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

This is part of a series originally compiled by Bob Callaghan and Alison Spreadbridge for St Edmund’s Church, Dartford.

Still figuring out what being a disciple might mean. Anglican priest and cyclist. One of the founders and editors of New Roots - partly as a way of hanging on in there!

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