Writing Prompts: Biblical Freedom

Guest prompts by Dan Bornarth

Part 1: Two Ways to Be Free

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For even the most ardent Christ-followers, resisting the temptation to sin is an ongoing struggle.  

We don’t always win the complete struggle here and now, but we can be free from two elements: 1. Sin’s condemnation and 2. Sin’s ultimate control over us.

“There now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2, NIV).

Writing Prompt

Consider the struggle of sin. How can you be free from the condemnation that accompanies it? How are you free from its ultimate control over you? 


Part 2: The Biggest Control Freak

How do you respond when you sense you are being controlled? Most of us don’t like it much … or at all.
 
But it may surprise you to consider what it means to actually be free from the biggest control freak of all: sin.
 
“Your old evil desires were nailed to the cross with him; that part of you that loves to sin was crushed and fatally wounded, so that your sin-loving body is no longer under sin’s control” (Romans 6:6, NLT).

Writing Prompt

Write about the freedom you experience when you are released from the control of sin.


Part 3: I Doubt It. Or Do I?

Christ-followers have assurance about our ultimate future – living with God forever – but also assurance about the world we live in and the life we lead in it.

As Christians, we can celebrate freedom from doubt. Do you?

Writing Prompt

“Jesus said, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Reflect on that truth and how it offers you freedom from doubt.


Part 4: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

“I don’t know what to do!” How many times have you heard – and even said – those words?
 
But Christ-followers have the freedom to do one thing in any situation we face: we are free to choose to follow God’s Word, which gives clarity.  “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil” (1 Peter 2:16, NIV)

Writing Prompt

Journal about a time when you were truly grateful for the gift of God’s Word.