February is coming! God willing, this year will bring a return of our annual men’s conference, Free Indeed! But who cares? What’s the point? Why all the hype?
For me, the vision is this: God is seeking men, single or married, who are after His heart, resemble what the Bible describes as godly men, and are worth following as they imitate Christ. He seeks married men who are known by the way they love their wives–as Christ loved the church and laid down his life for her–and single men who pursue God’s kingdom with their time and gifts.
The theme verse for Free Indeed is John 8:36: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” When I consider this verse, I don’t just think about what we are freed from (sin, shame, chains, addiction, self, death, and more). I also think about what we are freed to (love, encouragement, living out and sharing the gospel, true worship of the only God, and so much more)!
That is my prayer for this time of teaching and worship. For those who need freedom from the bondage of this world, that they would find it. For those that need to be re-inspired to run for Christ in the freedom and joy of our salvation with passion and purpose, that they would embrace it.
The days are short. The best thing we need every day is more of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Pray with me for all who will be attending. We just need God–far more of God, far less of us. That is freedom.
-Pastor Cliff Cline