Sermon: “Laws Through Which They Could Not Live” (Ezekiel 20:11-29)

This is the audio (40:26, 29.5 MB) of a sermon preached at our Lithuania home church, Klaipėda Free Christian Church, on August 1, 2021. The main text is Ezekiel 20:11-29.

If we don’t live by God’s law, the alternative is not “freedom”—it is slavery—either slavery to chaos and disorder, or to human-made law. If we will not say to God, “Let your will be done!” then God says to us, “OK, let your will be done.” We probably live in the time where at least people in the developed world have the most self-determination, but it seems to lead to depression and anxiety, rather than to liberation.

God wants us to be holy because it’s good for us, and because of his reputation. If were so consumed with God’s reputation, what would that mean for our personal discipleship—the choices we make on an hour to hour, day to day, year by year basis? For our worship? For our evangelism? We should be shouting it from the rooftops, and it should work into our lives like yeast and affect everything that we do.

This sermon is the second in a series on Ezekiel 20:1-44. Be sure to check out the preceding sermon, “Shame Rolled Away,” and the finale: “I Have Dealt With You for My Name’s Sake.” 

Enjoy hearing the sermon in both English and Lithuanian (back-and-forth)! You can also watch the service on Facebook.

Audio and text: ©2021 by Benjamin D. Giffone. Reproduction and distribution are permitted, providing that the author is properly credited and that no fee is charged.

About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…Old Testament professor, ordained minister, occasional liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth.
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2 Responses to Sermon: “Laws Through Which They Could Not Live” (Ezekiel 20:11-29)

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