John Michalak has been teaching from the Bible about spiritual matters for over 17 years, from the living room to the classroom, from the pulpit to the occasional conference and retreat.
Below are audio sermons delivered at a few weekend church services (note: War & Peace was recorded later due to live audio difficulties). Click on each title to go to the teaching’s page where you can find a topic description, scriptures used, and supplemental links (if you’re already on an individual title page, simply click “AUDIO TEACHINGS” in the top menu to view all selections).
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Freedom In Relationship (Galatians 5:13, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Isaiah 58:6-11)John Michalak, July 5, 2009
Part of the 4th of July Weekend series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
As we celebrate the 4th of July in America, it is right that we elevate ideals like our national independence, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. But, these are civil liberties, and can never truly liberate us from the deeper bondages--depression, prejudice, compulsive behavior, hopelessness. That kind of freedom can only be found when we come face to face with grace. True freedom isn't just about being liberated from something, but to be liberated for God and for our neighbor in need.
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13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (ESV)
6 “Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
11 And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail. (ESV)