Philemon: Ethical Excellence – September 11, 2022

Philemon 1:1-7

Pastor David Cay

Too often at church we talk moreabout evangelism and discipleship, and character development (and of course that is important), but we can’t neglect community and friendship.

It is a necessary ingredient for life change and this is what I want to show from the Bible today. Our Bible passage today comes from Philemon 1:1-7.

At first glance, it feels like nothing is really going on. Paul is just saying some nice things about some guy named Philemon. But if we dig deeper, we see that these nice words between friends are leading to something life changing and greatly important not just for them two but for all of history.

And it’s a reminder to us, that if we want to be agents of change and people who make a difference, we need to invest in friendships too.

My plan today is to show you two ideas from our passage:

  1. We need to build personal friendships
  2. We need to build community

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