Thanks for taking part in this study. The hope is that you’ll see a beautiful picture of God’s complete love, how he shares it through the Father, Son, and Spirit, and how we are included in it it so that we can love others. Let’s begin.
The Cry For Freedom
We all desire freedom. We were created for it, and yet in a very real way we can’t seem to grasp it. We try to create it for ourselves, twisting the definition of freedom into something that seems more attainable. We try so hard to get free from our sin, our addictions, and our pain. Yet no matter how hard we try we find ourselves still longing for freedom.
The Answer To Our Cry
Scripture tells the story of God who hears the cry of His people and responds. He has heard humanity’s cry for freedom and responded with a love that is so deep and rich it has the ability to truly set us free. That love comes to us in Jesus. Galatians 5:1 says that it was “for freedom that Christ has set us free.” But how?
This freedom in Christ comes in the form of relationship; it comes as an invitation to join in the communion that has always existed between the Father, Son, and Spirit. It is an invitation to enter that eternal communion and put away those things that enslave us.
So no matter what your cry for freedom, God has gone to extreme lengths to set you free. He has invited you to join Him in loving relationship as his beloved sons and daughters, and to begin a journey to live fully, love boldly, and fear nothing.
It’s time to start the conversation! Feel free to engage as many of these questions as you’d like in the comment section below.
1. On page 19 Rick describes how his vision of freedom sometimes looks more like perfection. Have you twisted the definition of freedom in a similar way? Discuss.
2. Rick describes the “main text” of the Biblical story as God’s nature and being (who he is), and the “subtext” as the story of salvation (what he has done). Read Exodus 3:7–10 and describe what it says about who God is.
3. Rick defines true freedom as the ability to live fully, love boldly, and fear nothing. Think about the area of your life where you desire this kind of freedom (addiction, debt, rocky relationships, your faith, etc.). Do you believe this freedom is available to you? Discuss.