II Kings 2:1-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and Luke 9:51-62
Freedom is “as American as motherhood and apple pie” goes the familiar slogan. Freedom gets a lot of press around July 4th and rightly so. The USA came about only as the colonists said “no more” to British rule. It was such a serious matter that Patrick Henry could make such a memorable statement as “give me liberty or give me death!”
From the American Revolution we have a sense that freedom is a supreme value. We should not overlook the value of freedom in our Scriptures from the Hebrews freedom from the oppressive Egyptian Pharaoh to Paul’s call to be set free in Christ.
But, we ask, “freedom from something or freedom for something?” The Bible says both. This Sunday we will celebrate and explore what Elisha, Paul and Jesus would have us hear about “freedom from and freedom for.” Don’t be surprised if freedom somehow has to do with following someone! The questions might be about “who, to where, for what?!”
See you this last Sunday before July 4th!