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  1. Returning Runaway Mark Chong July 28, 2019 Series: Runaway Grace

  2. 1Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, • 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints… (cont’d) • --Philemon 1:1-12 (ESV)

  3. 6 …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. 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. • 8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, 9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you— (cont’d) • --Philemon 1:1-12 (ESV)

  4. …I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. • --Philemon 1:1-12 (ESV)

  5. God remakes us

  6. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. • --2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

  7. “(Paul) does not make any excuses for (Onesimus); he freely admits he was a useless character; but he makes one claim… Christianity… is the power which can make bad men good.” • --William Barclay--

  8. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. • --Romans 7:22-25a (NLT)

  9. God redefines us

  10. 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. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. • --Philemon 1:4-7 (ESV)

  11. “Koinonia” means sharing, partnership or mutual participation

  12. “When people believe in Christ, they become identified with one another in an intimate association and incur both the benefits and responsibilities of that communion. Philemon (the book) is fundamentally all about those responsibilities, as Paul, Onesimus, and Philemon, bound together in faith, are forced by circumstances to think through the radical implications of their koinonia.” • --Douglas J. Moo, The Letters to The Colossians and to Philemon--

  13. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. • --Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

  14. God redirects us

  15. Onesimus’ actual name means “useful” or “profitable”

  16. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. • --Philemon 1:11-12 (ESV)

  17. “Onesimus had withdrawn, to his master’s injury; but • now he had seen his sin and repented, he was willing • and desirous to return”. • --Matthew Henry--

  18. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ… • --1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV)

  19. 4If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. • --Philippians 3:4-8 (ESV)

  20. 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 1:6 (ESV)

  21. Returning Runaway Mark Chong July 28, 2019 Series: Runaway Grace