Series: Finding Freedom in Surrender

Is it possible to find freedom in surrender? Usually we think of surrender as a kind of defeat. Surrender seems like giving in, or giving up. That’s the opposite of freedom!

But that’s just what Jesus taught – freedom, real freedom, comes through surrender to God. To be a follower of Jesus we have to surrender everything to him: will, possessions, reputation, relationships, even our lives.

On the other side of surrender, Jesus offers us freedom – freedom from sin, but also freedom to live fully, with joy, in Christ. This isn’t a contradiction. It’s only through surrender to Christ that we can find freedom in Christ.

This 14-day series guides you through Jesus’s teaching on surrender, and how you can experience freedom in him. 

Finding Freedom in Surrender

What Is Surrender?

Read: Luke 9:23-26 Let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (v. 23) How do you react when you hear the word surrender? Surrender comes with

Finding Freedom in Surrender

Why Surrender to Christ?

Read: Luke 14:25-33 Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (v. 33) “He’s a Christian, but not too Christian.” It’s said as

Finding Freedom in Surrender

I Surrender All

Read: Romans 12:1-2 Present your bodies as a living sacrifice. (v. 1) The congregation was enthusiastically singing I Surrender All. Then our pastor observed that if we were being honest, most

Finding Freedom in Surrender

How to Surrender

Read: Philippians 4:4-9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (v. 9)

Finding Freedom in Surrender

Surrender Your Fears

Read: Luke 12:22-34 Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (v. 25) Many of us would have to confess that we aren’t

Finding Freedom in Surrender

Surrender Possessions

Read: Mark 10:17-31 He went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (v. 22) The rich young ruler was a man who wanted to follow Christ but wasn’t willing to surrender

Finding Freedom in Surrender

Thy Will Be Done

Read: John 6:35-40 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. (v. 38) As every parent soon

Finding Freedom in Surrender

Surrender Reputation

Read: John 12:37-50 They loved the glory that comes from man more. (v. 43) Admit it: you care about what others think of you. Nobody wants to be laughed at or

Finding Freedom in Surrender

A Surrendered Life

Read: Philippians 3:1-21 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all