Sermon Prepping My Heart

 

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This Sunday I begin a four part series called the Four Spiritual Freedoms, loosely based on FDR’s Four Freedom Speech. I’m always amazed my pastor gives me the freedom to speak at our church (Bridge Builders Community Church)…even when he’s out of town!

I knew my subject matter for months and have been slowly building my notes and references; believing in my heart this would be a special series. I knew the Father wanted to speak about freedom (I think He’s always talking about that) in a fresh way and disturb the waters of unbelief we sometimes wade in.

What I didn’t know (at first) just how much He would be messing
with my heart.

I thought I was a “free man”, one who understood what freedom was all about. It a lot of ways I am free…but not as free as the Father wants me. It’s more than just knowing about freedom, it’s more than studying about freedom and it’s even more than understanding freedom.

It’s walking in it…completely.

These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring…

If we’re free to use our voice…what would that sound like?

If we are free to desire (in a Godly way)…what would that feel like?

If we are free to worship…how does change us?

If we are free from fear…who will we become?

Will you pray for me as I journey with my church through this series? My desire is to convey the heart of the Father who wants us to be free. My prayer is that we open ourselves to the liberty that He has for us all.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

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Dusty Rayburn said…
Praying as of now.
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks my brother! Appreciate ya!
Bill (cycleguy) said…
Most definitely will be praying for you Jay. it is going to be an awesome series that God has prepared-first in your heart and then in setting someone(s) else free.
Jay Cookingham said…
Appreciate the support my brother! Bless ya!
from your pastor said…
Add this to your notes: Your pastor has not 'given you the freedom' to PREACH (forget the word 'speak') at BBCC. Your pastor is just recognizing what God is accomplishing through your gifting. He WANTS God to 'mess with your heart' so that God can lead you where God knows YOU want to be --- and that's in complete alignment with GOD's heart. It's fun to watch the process in action --- you, Jay, walking in increasing freedom that God has ordained for you.
Add this to your notes: Your pastor has not 'given you the freedom' to PREACH (forget the word 'speak') at BBCC. Your pastor is just recognizing what God is accomplishing through your gifting. He WANTS God to 'mess with your heart' so that God can lead you where God knows YOU want to be --- and that's in complete alignment with GOD's heart. It's fun to watch the process in action --- you, Jay, walking in increasing freedom that God has ordained for you.
Jay Cookingham said…
Pastor Tim...you da best! The Cookies all love you and Ginny...thanks for being our leaders and friends!
floyd said…
I'm praying for you brother. Don't forget to use the gift of your personality along the way, God uses that part of you to make the points that He desires stick. Thanks for your heart of service for our Father, it alone is encouraging, not to mention the subject matter that is so desperately needed now.
Jay Cookingham said…
I so appreciate that bro'! I love talking about freedom and I'm praying that what the Father wants to say is heard (and embraced) loud and clear!
jasonS said…
This is definitely on the Father's heart for this year. You'll find this interesting: I called our church family to a 30 day fast this past Sunday with the emphasis of letting God work freedom in our hearts and lives while believing for specific individuals as well. God has really impressed on me that this is a pivotal year and we have an opportunity to deal with things so that we can launch into the next years. Praying for you, Jay! I know it'll be anointed and bring a tremendous impact! Blessings.
Jay Cookingham said…
WOW...guess the Holy Spirit is moving eh Bro'! Thanks Jason for the encouragement!

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