Sermons

Reconciled

Reconciled
May 2013
Broken. Betrayed. Hurt. Bitter. Stung. When I read those words my mind is flooded with the faces of people who have moved through my life and left destruction behind. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you are gun shy to enter into relationships because of your history.

Enter the gospel. When it enters our life it hits the 'reset' button on our primary relationship with God. So it must impact our relationships with those around us.

We examine the small personal letter of Philemon. In it Paul writes to his friend, Philemon, who had been betrayed by his slave Onesimus. We will get a front row seat to see the how the gospel reorients our relationships and make them a living demonstration of the cross --- a great picture of how the gospel not only changes our relationship with God, but transforms our relationships with others.  

 

Sermons in this series

Slavery
Sun, May 19, 2013
Duration:58 mins
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24, ESV) I think reconciliation is like flossing or exercise. We know that we should do it but we never seem to get around it to it. We feel guilty that we don't, but it's just easier and more comfortable not to start. But, we have been learning through the journey of Philemon that reconciliation is not only necessary, but a beautiful picture of the gospel. This week we will close out our series by asking the question, "How do we get started?" What baby steps can you take to begin a path toward reconciling with those you are in conflict with?
Restored
Sun, May 12, 2013
Duration:50 mins
Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you-I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus- Philemon 8-9 While the words I heard were, "Yes, sir" and the action I saw was doing what I asked, I could sense from both the clenched muscles and attitudes, that obedience was more forced than willing. As someone has said, "She was sitting down on the outside; but on the inside she was standing on her chair in defiance." We would like to think that our obedience to Christ is not that way. With our hearts tuned to the Spirit, we are gently led by Him. But honestly, it just isn't true, especially when it comes to reconciliation. It goes against our inclinations and emotions to move towards those that have hurt and betrayed us. Yet, that's what we are called to do. This week, we will continue in our series, Reconciled. In this section Paul's appeal is not out of authority but driven by a deeper motive. I want to encourage you to read through the short 25-verse book again and note the basis for his appeal.
Broken and Betrayed
Sun, May 05, 2013
Duration:53 mins
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. (Philemon 1:4-6, ESV) Broken. Betrayed. Hurt. Bitter. Stung. When I read those words, my mind is flooded with the faces of people who have moved through my life and left destruction behind. Maybe, you can relate. Maybe, you are gun-shy to enter into relationships because of your history. Enter the gospel. When it enters our life, it hits the 'reset' button on our primary relationship with God. And when that happens, it must impact our relationships with those around us. In May, we will take a couple of weeks to examine the small personal letter of Philemon. In it, Paul writes to his friend, Philemon, who had been betrayed by his slave Onesimus. We will get a front row seat to see the how the gospel reorients our relationships and makes them a living demonstration of the cross. Don't miss it. Get a preview by reading through the short book of Philemon before Sunday. It's just 25 short verses.
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