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Lesson Eleven: Liberty in Christ 

Since all my sins are forgiven, am I free to do as I please?  
God’s grace is infinitely greater than our sin (Rom 5:20). As New Testament believers we are not under the law, but
under grace (Rom 6:14). We are saved and kept eternally secure, not because of what we do, but because of what
Christ has done on our behalf. Sadly, some people will pervert these wonderful truths and use them as an excuse to
live for themselves. This lesson is designed to give you a balanced view of your liberty in Jesus Christ.  
 I.     Your Liberty in Christ Provides Freedom to do God’s Will, Not to Sin 
        A.    Your liberty is from sin that you might do what is right, not what you want
                (John 8:36, Galatians 3:24-25, Romans 6:12-18, 8:2-4). 
        B.     Our liberty in Christ frees us to serve the Lord and others (1 Peter 2:16). Our liberty should never 
                 be abused to fulfill our fleshly lusts (Galatians 5:13).  
II.    There Are Definite Consequences for Every Decision You Make 
        A.    Sinful choices will not cause you to lose your salvation, but it will hinder your capacity to bring honor
                to the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoy your salvation.  
                1.      Sin prevents us from bearing fruit for God (John 15:1-8).  
                2.      Sin brings about the chastisement of God (Hebrews 12:5-11).  
                3.      Sin brings about misery and corruption (Galatians 6:7-8).  
        B.    Choosing to obey God’s word brings about positive consequences that please the Lord.  
                1.      You will reap holiness (Romans 6:22).  
                2.      You will reap fruits of righteousness (Philippians 1:9-11).  
                3.      You will reap the enjoyment of your everlasting life (Galatians 6:7-8).  
        C.    Within the household of faith God is going to use your life to bring about his glory one way or the
                other.  You get to choose whether you are a vessel of honor or a vessel of dishonor (2 Timothy 2:20-21).  
III.    The Misuse of Your Liberty Can Have a Serious Effect on Others  
         A.    You cannot exempt yourself from influencing others. You will either be a testimony for good or
                 bad, but you cannot remain neutral (Romans 14:7).  
         B.     You are to avoid things that might cause a weaker Christian to stumble in his faith. 
                  (Romans 14:13-15, 1 Corinthians 8:9-13) 
         C.    You are to avoid the appearance of evil, even when it may not technically be wrong (1 Thessalonians 5:22).  
         D.    It should be every believer’s desire to maintain a good testimony before believers and unbelievers alike.
                 (Acts 16:1-2, 11:22-24, Colossians 4:5, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23) 
IV.    While You are Not Under the Law, You are to be Motivated by Love 

         In the New Testament, love is the answer to the law. This provides us with important, common-sense boundaries
         in every relationship that we have. See Matthew 22:37-40, Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:1314, 6:2.  
V.     We Must Let the Holy Spirit Guide Us in Matters that are Not Perfectly Clear 

         There are some matters where the scriptures do not clearly define what is and is not acceptable. But even in these
         so-called “gray areas” the scriptures provide us with guidance and direction as the Holy Spirit applies them to our 
         specific circumstances. Below are a series of questions that you can ask yourself on occasions of uncertainty.  
         A.    Am I being brought under the power of something that should not be controlling my life?  See 1 Corinthians 6:12. 
         B.     Am I edifying myself or others? See 1 Corinthians 10:23.  
         C.    Can I ask God to bless this thing I would do with a clear conscience? See Colossians 3:17, Acts 24:16. 
         D.    If the Lord returned at this moment, would I be ashamed? See 1 John 2:28, 1 Thessalonians 5:23. 
         E.     Would it cause a brother to stumble? See Romans 14:13-15, 15:1-2.  
         F.     Would it be cause for a lost person to reject the Lord Jesus Christ? See 1 Corinthians 10:31-33. 
         G.    Does my conscience condemn me for it? See 1 Peter 3:16, Hebrews 13:18, 1 Timothy 1:5. 
         H.    What is good or right about this thing that I would allow in my life? See Philippians 4:8.  
   It is only through a consistent walk with the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can maintain a 
   balance between liberty in Christ and the needs of others (2 Corinthians 3:6, 17).