PURPOSE: To establish a culture of Freedom at Foothills. That our people can see how much MORE of the Kingdom of God is theirs for the asking.
Jesus ministered to the broken and needy and had an ability to deeply address the real needs of people He dealt with. He provided all that people needed to move out from under the dominion of Kingdom of Darkness and into the Kingdom of God.
As people are coming to our church, we are seeing that they are excited about their “salvation” but have a lot of “the world” or humanistic teaching that they have absorbed from the culture that they don’t even realize. As a result, they have ideas about what it means to be a Christian that aren’t accurate and they don’t know how to access freedom in a lot of areas of their lives.
Transformation SHOULD BE a natural outgrowth of following Jesus.
As Jesus proclaimed the gospel of the Kingdom of heaven, His ministry was characterized by teaching about the kingdom and instructions regarding life as a Kingdom Resident. His stated task was to reclaim what was lost and undo the works of the devil.
People get saved and don’t realize there is a whole Kingdom to enter.
They think the goal is to just be a better person, yet they get stuck….. continually falling into sin and old patterns. This new Freedom Ministry will teach you how to recognize stronghold in your life and what to do about them. We want to help our people develop a lifestyle of freedom rather than a moment and an experience 10 years ago
The works of the devil cripple humans and impair their ability to know and worship God. Satans reach has gained inroads into our minds, emotions, bodies, relationships and culture. To help people be free today, we must follow Jesus’ model and instruct people regarding kingdom life. We must also help them encounter our living present God who acts in power and authority to overcome the impact of living in a fallen world system. Such an encounter is designed to help people break free from strongholds and demonic oppression in their lives, allowing God’s people to live fully as the redeemed sons and daughters He has intended.
“Free people, free other people”… …then excitement about faith grows,
…free people bring others to get them free and the body of Christ grows in the excitement of changed lives
People think of freedom in terms of what they wish they could change so they could be free.
If I stop “this” I would be free, but the truth is it’s not the absence of something that gives freedom, it’s the Presence of Someone. This new Freedom Ministry will teach you how to hear from God and HOW to get into God’s presence.
We look forward to growing together as a congregation – Foothills Family – in Freedom.
Online Registration is closed. You can register in person on Sunday February 5th, 2017
Starts February 5th
Ends March 5th
FREEDOM MINISTRY: SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
Parable of the Kingdom:
Sometimes familiarity robs us of the depth and richness of the truth that sets us free. Join us as we use a parable to help you think differently about Jesus and His work in your life. The Kingdom of God is the presence and the power of God. We all enter this Kingdom at different levels of life experiences. It causes us to interpret very differently what it means to “give our life to Christ.” Some have not yet understood that Jesus came to set up God’s Kingdom on earth. Nor do they understand the power of God to free them and to transform and change them. Christ came to set us free, but we often hear, “Now you have to stop being bad and be good.” We get stuck and need to see the power of the Kingdom in a new way.
Levels of Change:
This class is designed to help identify and avoid traps common to man’s attempt to change his own life. Even more important, this class explains God’s provision and strategy for changing your life from the inside out.
Galatians 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…”
The life of a believer is no longer the life of the believer. The life of the believer comes from the one that we believe in. The dilemma is that the enemy can say to us “Jesus died for you so you should try harder to do better.” The enemy wants you to work harder with the wrong tools. The goal of this teaching is to think differently about the transformation process of a believer. There are 5 distinct levels of change. 4 you can do something about. One was done for you.
Kingdom of God:
This class is designed to help you understand the message of Jesus and the reason His message carried so much power to transform people’s lives. Jesus wants to give us a whole new way of living. The scriptures say,”Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” If we think it means “You better straighten up because the kingdom of God is coming soon,” we are going to miss the most important phrase, “…the Kingdom of God is at hand. ” The phrase “at hand” means, reach out your hand because this is where the Kingdom of God is. It’s within your reach–within arm’s length. Change the way you take in reality because in the room with you right now is a kingdom that is filled with LIFE, power and love, peace, joy and rightness. Change the way you think because in the room, in your car, in your kitchen, at your place of work, in the nursery– everywhere you go– the kingdom of God is within reach and the only thing that prevents you from accessing it could be the way that you see.
Hearing from God:
If God speaks to us, then we have to learn to recognize, hear, and discern His voice. ALL of us can hear God. Hearing the voice of God is central to living out your created design. This class discusses ways to hear God and HOW we can discern that it is really God we are hearing. When we hear God personally, it changes us forever and we become passionate seekers of the One we have personally encountered.
Life in the Kingdom: