“A Gospel Miniature” Sunday Service (9:30 AM in the A/C Gym and after 9:45 AM Live Stream)

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1) Participate in our onsite worship service in the Air Conditioned Gym which begins at 9:30 AM, SUNDAY at 3757 Mill Street.
2) Watch live on the church Facebook page at 9:45 AM, SUNDAY by going to: facebook.com/srcmarion  There are announcement slides and music at the start of the stream while we wait for the right time to join the service in progress.  Please “like” our Facebook page for future notifications.
3) Watch the same recording later on Facebook at a time more convenient for you: facebook.com/srcmarion
4) Watch the same recording later on our newly created YouTube channel. Just type in “Second Reformed Church of Marion” when you go to youtube.com  Or you can click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo3ZNP8OgRarSQXfqzGcn-Q
5) Listen to the audio recording and see sermon outline on our church website: sermons.srcmarion.org

Title: A Gospel Miniature

Text: Philemon 1-25

Theme: Christ’s Servant Paul exemplifies gracious communication.

  1. __________________
    1. Paul’s letter overflows sincere & loving thankfulness for & to Philemon
    2. Paul’s example here calls to us in two ways.
  2. ____________________
    1. Jesus transformed a criminal into a beloved brother & son in Christ.
    2. Paul’s description of Onesimus displays Christ’s transformation of Paul
  3. ______________________
    1. Paul’s appeal displays how God wants any gift given or favor done: voluntarily.
    2. Paul’s example is also illustrative.

Questions for Study

Have you ever read Paul’s letter to Philemon before?  What grabbed your attention & why?

From what you read in Philemon, how does knowing Christ affect human relationships?

According to our 21st Century sensibilities, does Paul seem forward and bold in his requests to Philemon?

With the exception of the “you owe me” section (v. 19), how does Paul’s boldness with Philemon model how God wants us to approach Him?   See Hebrews 4:14, “Let us come boldly before the Throne of Grace…).

How does Paul’s intercession for runaway but repentant slave Onesimus illustrate Jesus’ our Great High Priest’s intercession for us?  See especially v. 17b.