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Created with a Purpose

We need to discover and live out God's original design for the world, humanity, and each individual.


This is the first of a six sessions in our Living Free series. We're going to cover some foundational truths about God's purpose for our lives. Most of us are familiar with these truths, but they're still profound. They are truths that transform our lives. These truths should be the operating system of the church of Jesus Christ, but many times they are not. As a result, individual Christians, marriages, families, and churches experience far less than what God designed. God didn't design the church to live in defeat, to merely survive. God wants us to live vibrant and thriving lives. He wants us to live as more than conquerors.

In the next session, we'll talk about how Jesus, the cross, and salvation enable us to live in freedom. Then we'll talk about "One World, Two Realms"—that we live in a world comprised of two realms, which interact with one another on a regular basis. After that we're going to look at our authority as believers—the power that raised Jesus Christ from death resides in you and me. God has given us this power so that we can do the very works that Jesus Christ did in the Gospels.

We're also going to learn about strongholds. We'll talk about the word topos in Ephesians 4 and how the enemy can build strongholds in our lives. When we understand how he builds strongholds, we then understand how they can be dismantled, so that we can live in Christ's freedom. We'll also learn about different ways the enemy builds these strongholds, like generational activities—we either live under blessings or curses that are passed down generationally. We will also talk about the power of words and their effect in our lives. Just as God can operate ...

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Mike Riches is pastor of Harborview Christian Fellowship in Gig Harbor, Washington, director of the Sycamore Commission, and author of Living Free.

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I. God's original design

II. Humanity's disobedience

III. Gold's plan for restoration

IV. The path to living free