Spiritual/Emotional Freedom

God’s desire is to bring us into increasing measures of freedom and healing, spiritually and emotionally. To be in Christ is a wonderful daily reality for every Christian which frees us from our past hurts, habits, and hang-ups, and frees us to live life in all its fullness.

Being In Christ

  • What does it mean to be 'in Christ'?

    An important key to living in freedom is to grow in understanding and live out the implications of being ‘in Christ’. Being ‘in Christ’ is the Apostle Paul's explanation of what happens when someone becomes a Christian.

    ‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.’ Colossians 3:3 NIV  

    What happens when we are in Christ?

    • A radical change of identity.
    • A change of position.
    • Access to the source of all fulfilment.

  • Identity

    To be in Christ changes our identity. 

    We go from death to life, becoming a new creation, chosen by God, adopted, loved, forgiven, redeemed, seated with Christ in heavenly places. 

  • Positionally

    United in Christ, our position changes: we are no longer ‘in Adam’, sharing in his sin and death; instead we are in Christ, sharing in the righteousness and enjoying the everlasting life that flows from Jesus Christ.  

    Being in Christ also means that we experience unity with billions of Christians across the world. When we understand more of our position we will know the wonderful truth of becoming part of this global family and find our place of belonging as a part of the worldwide body of Christ.

  • Fulfilment

    Knowing the truth of being in Christ is the source of all fulfilment in life. 

    As you discover the wonderful riches of being in Christ, so all the deepest longings of your life, for security, significance and self-worth, are satisfied in him. 

  • How can we live out this truth?

    God wants you to know that you don’t have to work to earn his love, you are already his beloved child. In fact, because you are in Christ, he loves you to the same degree as he loves Jesus.  

    As that truth becomes a reality in your life, your desire to serve him will grow; not to earn his love, but from a place of already being loved.

  • Next Steps

    Start with faith. 

    Believe that the ‘in Christ’ verses in the Bible are true for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what they mean. 

    Why not learn some of these scriptures off by heart, you will find some examples in the next section.

    Find a place where you can speak them out loud, this will help raise your levels of faith.

    Invite God to remove any hindrances to them becoming a reality in your life.

    Find other people to share these with.

    You could also consider one of our courses, that unpack freedom and our new identity in Christ, such as Beta or Celebrate Recovery. 

My Identity in Christ

This day I affirm that in Christ:

I am eternally loved by God – There is nothing I can do to make him love me any more or any less – Jeremiah 31:3, Ephesians 1:5

I am chosen by God – I am accepted, secure and precious to him – Ephesians 1:4, John 15:16-17

I am adopted as God’s child – I have been chosen to be part of the King’s family – Romans 8:15-17a, Ephesians 1:5 

I am forgiven – All my sins are forgotten and I’ve been made right with God – Colossians 1:13-14, Ephesians 1:7-8

I am righteous – Because Jesus is righteous, I am righteous and I can stand before God with confidence – Romans 5:1-2

I am a new creation – Nothing from my old life remains, I am completely new and God sees me as new – 2 Corinthians 5:17

I am God’s masterpiece – I am unique and God’s treasured possession – Ephesians 2:10

I am being sanctified – Every day I am becoming more and more like Jesus – Romans 6

I belong to God – I no longer live for myself, God helps me to live for him – Romans 14:7-8, 1 Peter 2:9

I am the dwelling place of God – I am a temple of the Holy Spirit, my body is to be used for his glory – 1 Corinthians 3:16, Galatians 2:20

I am God’s heir and a joint heir with Christ – My heavenly Father is generous and I am rich in every way! – Romans 8:17, John 17:22

I am the beloved of God – Nothing and no one can separate me from God’s amazing love; I am his and he is mine – Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:17-19

This day I affirm that because I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit:

I have an ever-present friend – God will never leave me or forsake me – 2 Corinthians 13:14

I have an all-knowing Counsellor – God is for me and not against me, he has all wisdom and he is fighting on my behalf – John 14:16-17

I have an all-powerful Helper – When I realise I can’t do things on my own, God is there to help me – Ephesians 3:16-17

The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in me – I am alive in him, death has no hold on me because of Jesus – Ephesians 1:19-20

Greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world – Nothing will overcome the power of the Holy Spirit in me, and no battle will defeat me because the victory has already been won by Jesus– 1 John 4:4  

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Even when I feel weak, I am strong in Jesus, he gives me supernatural strength to face every day – Philippians 4:13

I am never alone – God will never abandon me or forget about me, he is always with me – Mathew 28:20

I am a Kingdom Ambassador – I represent God everywhere I go, whatever I am doing, and I give him glory in every aspect of my life – Acts 1:8

I walk in the supernatural – When I pray in the name of Jesus, I can see miracles of healing and restoration happen in and through me – Mark 16:15, John 14:12

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

When you become a Christian, the all-powerful, loving Holy Spirit comes to live in you. Then as you open your life to him, he is able to bring freedom, healing and wholeness to every part of our lives and give us the power to walk in God’s plan.

The Holy Spirit dwells in all Christians, but it is not automatic that we will be baptised in the Holy Spirit. For some this happens the moment they become a Christian, but for many others it comes later.  

Baptism in the Spirit is something Jesus promised for all who want to receive it. Jesus said, speaking of the day when the Spirit was poured out on the earth:  

‘For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ Acts 1:5 NIV 

When we are baptised in the Spirit we are soaked and saturated in the power and presence of God himself. Think of it like standing under a waterfall that comes from above; it fills you up and then overflows.  

Baptism in the Spirit releases supernatural power, and it reproduces in and through us the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (see Galatians 5:22-23). We also receive new boldness and a desire to witness to others about Jesus, and a releasing of the gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of tongues.  

Paul says in Ephesians 5:18, ‘… [go on] being filled with the Spirit.’ This means that after we have first been baptised in the Holy Spirit, we can continually ask for a fresh infilling of the Spirit, experiencing his ongoing power and presence as a result.

If you have never been prayed for to be baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit then we would encourage you to be. Another next step you could take is to join an Alpha or Beta Course as there is an opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit during these. There is also an opportunity to receive prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit at our Touching Heaven prayer gatherings.

  • Step 1: Believe that the promise is available

    Immersion or baptism means to be drenched in the Spirit.

    “He [Jesus] will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 3:16 NIV

    We receive a clothing with power.

    “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 NIV

    Receive power to witness.

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.” Acts 1:8 NIV

  • Step 2: See that the gift has already been given

    “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” Acts 2:32,33 NIV

    This gift has been available ever since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit over 2000 years ago on the day of Pentecost. We can ask and receive the gift of baptism in the Holy Spirit.

  • Step 3: Know that it is a gift that you can receive

    “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 NIV

    You can ask to receive the Holy Spirit. You can‘t do anything to earn it, it ceases to be a gift if you have to work for it. When you are born again, there is a change in your heart, your spirit is recreated. If you’ve invited Jesus into your life, you are ready to be baptised with the Holy Spirit.

  • Step 4: Expect to receive the Spirit when you ask

    “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13 NIV

    As you once took a step of faith to receive Jesus as your Saviour, you are now taking a step of faith to receive the Holy Spirit.

  • Step 5: Be ready to speak as the Spirit gives you the words

    Being baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit gives you access to the gifts of the Spirit. One of these gifts is the gift of tongues.

    The Holy Spirit does not speak in tongues, but rather that the Holy Spirit enables us to speak in tongues.

    “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:4 NIV

    “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” Acts 10:44-46 NIV

    “When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” Acts 19:6 NIV

    Sometimes receiving the gift of tongues happens at the same time at being baptised in the Spirit, and other times people may only receive the gift of tongues later.

  • Step 6: Act in faith

    Speaking in tongues is a cooperation between yourself and the Holy Spirit. Expect that the Holy Spirit will give you words; that your tongue will seem to want to say something.

    Open your mouth, this can be an act of faith in itself, breathe in, and then say to God, “I am receiving the Holy Spirit right now by faith.”

    Don’t speak in your native language. Relax and then boldly lift your voice and make those supernatural sounds that want to come, regardless of what they are, trusting God for guidance.

    Go on speaking, praising God with those supernatural words until a free, clear language comes.

  • Step 7: Start practising

    Once you have prayed in tongues for a minute or so, stop and then start speaking in tongues again. This gives you the confidence that you can speak with ease in tongues as you can with your native language. You now have the gift and you can use it whenever you want to.

    Praying in tongues each day will help you to grow spiritually; by using this gift, your faith can be built up and you can be reminded that you have been baptised in the Holy Spirit because of Jesus.

    “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 20 NIV


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Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery offers you the opportunity of a fresh start, new hope, ongoing support, and encouragement to both men and women who have struggles with hurts, hang-ups, and destructive habits.

We believe that all things are possible through Jesus Christ and that real and lasting life changes are sustainable through him. It is our sincere hope that through the process of recovery, each person will come to know and experience the love of God in a personal way and experience forgiveness, cleansing, healing, wholeness, and freedom.

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Commitment Course

Following Christ includes belonging not just believing. In being an active member of the body of Christ, the Church, we come to experience fuller spiritual freedom. In the Commitment Course you will be introduced to what it means to be a committed member – a partner for purpose at KingsGate. 


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Keys to Healthy Living

Part 1 Healthy Body

Dave Smith

Part 2 Healthy Soul

David Robertson

Part 3 Healthy Spirit

Simon Deeks

Living the Dream

Part 1 God’s Great Purpose

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Part 2 Preparation for Purpose

Dave Smith

Part 3 Triumphing over Temptation

Andrew Ollerton

Part 4 Make a Difference Now

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Part 5 Prophetic Promotion

Jeff Lucas

Part 6 Blessed to be a Blessing

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Part 7 Restoring Relationships

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Part 8 Bless Others

Dave Smith

Part 9 Finishing Well

Andrew Ollerton

Transformed Life - Living in Freedom

Part 1 Identity, Belonging, Purpose

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Part 2 Brand New

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Part 3 Eternally Blessed

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Part 5 A Complete Spiritual Makeover

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Part 8 Love Changes Everything

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Jesus Changes Everything

Part 1 Jesus Changes Everyday Lives

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Part 2 Jesus Transforms the Temple

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Part 3 The New Birth

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Part 4 The Love That Changes Everything

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Part 5 Jesus the Healer

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Part 1 Courage like Caleb

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Part 2 Take Down Fear

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