August 19, 2012 “Restoration”

Let’s open our Bibles to Philemon. This short letter in the NT portrays for us a network of relationships. There’s the Apostle Paul who is in a prison in Rome for preaching the Gospel. He’s writing to his friend Philemon who is a leading man in the church in Colossae, whom Paul led to Christ. Philemon had a slave by the name of Onesimus who ran away from Philemon, perhaps stealing from him in the process. Onesimus made his way to Rome where, in the providence of God, he comes into contact with Paul. Paul leads Onesimus to Christ, and knowing his story knows that he needs to go back to Philemon. However, it will be difficult for Onesimus to go back to face his master whom he has offended, and it will be difficult for Philemon to accept the man who offended him. So let’s pick up reading in vv.12-21.

When things like this happen it’s much easier to fix blame than it is to fix problems.


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    Dr. Michael Dean has been the senior pastor at Travis Avenue Baptist Church since 1991, having also served churches elsewhere in Texas and New Mexico. He and his wife Nan are blessed with two married children and three grandchildren. With a keen sense of calling to shepherd the flock of God entrusted to his care, Michael longs to see people become passionate followers of Jesus Christ. His hobbies include long-distance running, golf and hunting.

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