Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The Truth Shall Set You Free

on November 5, 2014


Memory Verse: John 8:34-36


Bible Truth: Jesus Christ sets us free.


Through Jesus we are free from the fear of death, free from our sins, free from being alone, free to have a new life.

John 8:34-36 NKJV

“Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”


There are people that have not heard the truth about God’s hope for today and tomorrow – His Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

They do not know that their sins can be removed so they live under the weight of their transgressions. Spiritual darkness and dread on their final day is their existence, never understanding that freedom from sin comes through faith in Jesus Christ and that death isn’t to be feared.

Acts 4:12 NKJV

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Believers don’t fear the One who takes away sin. Instead, they look to Jesus Christ for their salvation, knowing that through Him their wrongdoings have been pardoned at the cross. We can have forgiveness and hope beyond the grave. When the end comes for believers they will be welcomed into the presence of their loving Lord; instead of an end, it is a beginning.

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part I.

1. Why do you think some people are afraid to turn to Jesus for salvation and help?


2. Read John 3:16. How do we receive everlasting life?

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

3. Read John 3:36. What happens to a person that does not believe in Jesus Christ, God‘s one and only Son?



John 3:36 NKJV

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

4. What does redeemed mean?


5. Read 1 Peter 1:18-21. We have not been redeemed with corruptible things. What were we redeemed with?



1 Peter 1:18-21 NKJV

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

6. Read Hebrews 12:2. Why did Jesus endure the cross?



Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

7. Read Romans 10:9. How does Romans 10:9 apply to your life?


Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

8. Read John 1:29. Who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?

John 1:29 NKJV

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

9. How should believers feel about death in regards to someone‘s passing?


13. How has Jesus taken the fear out of death?


14. According to John 14:1-3, why should we not be afraid of death?


John 14:1-3 NKJV

““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father’s house are mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”


The Bible tells us that only Jesus Christ has the authority to forgive sins; that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn but to remove the burden of sin and the shame. Sadly, this truth is lost on many people – young and old. There no sin is so great that God will not forgive. When a person asks for forgiveness their soul is flooded with relief. God promise, “Come to Me and I will give you rest” is available to every one. Even though there may be hidden sins that create a burden of guilt, God is ready to offer forgiveness and fill our heart with peace. All we have to do is ask.


Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part II.

1. Many people carry a heavy burden of guilt because of sin. Why do you think they refuse to reveal their sin to God?


2. What does condemned mean?


3. Read John 3:17-18. Why did God send His Son to this world?


John 3:17-18 NKJV

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”

4. Read John 8:12. What does Jesus mean in John 8:12?


John 8:12 NKJV

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

5. Read 1 John 1:9. When we confess our sins to God, what will He do?


1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

6. Read Romans 5:1. We can have __________________ with God through Jesus.


Romans 5:1 NKJV

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

7. Why do you think we should want others to hear the gospel?



8. Read Matthew 11:28 and Isaiah 26:3. Christ has promised to take our burdens on Him. When we are heavy laden, He will give us _______. He will keep us in perfect __________________.


Matthew 11:28 NKJV

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”


Being a child of God doesn’t guarantee that we won’t face trouble in our lifetime. However, God’s comfort and loving-kindness is in the midst of our hardship. So when trials happen – and they will – God promises to be with us now and forever. But whatever the crises – serous illness, financial loss, domestic abuse, or impending death – God promises to be at our side.


Matthew 26:36-45 NKJV

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

When we pray, God hears our pleading just as He heard Jesus’ prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nonetheless, Christ obeyed His Father’s will and faced the cross knowing that God’s love surrounded Him.


Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part III.

1.In the past, what did you do to overcome fear, and how did your faith in God help?


2. Jesus faced a night of intense emotional anguish before being arrested. Hoe did Jesus handle this situation?


3. God is with us when we face challenging times. Read Hebrews 13:5-6. What reassurance does Hebrews 13:5-6 give?



Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

4. Read Romans 8:38-39. What reassurance does Romans 8:38-39 give?


Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

5. Read Psalm 23. What reassurance does Psalm 23 give?



Psalms 23 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

6. Read Psalm 46:1-3. What reassurance does Psalms 46:1-3 give?



Psalms 46:1-3 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”

7. Read Psalm 118:6. What reassurance does Psalms 118:6 give?



Psalms 118:6 NKJV

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”


Instead of seeking God as a pathway to forgiveness, there are many that turn to myths and New Age philosophies. These cults present ideas as truth that do not agree with the Bible but are adhered to by many, including prominent figures. These people never acknowledging their evil deeds or truly repent. We only have to look at news accounts of groups who have followed beliefs that took control of their lives. In each account their belief system and leader failed them. Instead of myths and New Age philosophies, we need to base our belief system on God’s Word. There we learn that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. And when we accept God’s gift of salvation, we are changed, made whole, and given a new purpose. It’s a new way of living – one that is filled with joy.


Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part IV.

1. Reflect on some of the false beliefs that exist today. How are these New Age philosophies or cults incongruent with the scriptures?


2. What tragic news- making events have occurred in the past because of untruths disguised as religion?


3. Read Ephesians 5:1-2. Believers in Jesus Christ must _________________ Him and they must ______________ in love.


Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

4. What does imitate mean?


5. Read Psalm 89:1. Believers in Jesus Christ must make known God’s ________________________ to everyone.


Psalm 89:1 NKJV

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

6. Read Colossians 3:23. Whatever a believer in Jesus Christ does, it must be done as if they are doing it for the _______________.


Colossians 3:23 NKJV

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”

7. Read 1 John 3:18. Believers are to love in their words and in their ________________.


1 John 3:18 NKJV

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”

8. Read John 13:34-35. How will people know if you are a disciple of Christ or not?


John 13:34-35 NKJV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”


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