By Pastor Greg Byman
St Joe Community Church
October 20, 2019
How hard is it for you to apologize? For a slave named Onesimus, it was not just hard, but gravely dangerous. Almost 50 percent of ancient Rome's population was in slavery, and the empire maintained this status quo through brutal punishment for run-away slaves. After Onesimus came to faith in Christ, could he be reconciled to his Christ-proclaiming master? The Apostle Paul believed so, and in coming along Onesimus as an advocate, gave the world a precious gift in his letter to Philemon, one of the shortest books in the Bible but one of the most historically poignant documents explaining reconciliation and forgiveness in Christian theology.
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In Mark chapter 4, Jesus shares a parable of spreading seeds in a field where some grew and others did not, and for both the Christian and non-Christian, life can be viewed in a series of fields. Field #1, “Connection,” where believers seek to share the good news of Jesus Christ, the “gospel”, with unbelievers. Field #2, “Rescue,” is where believers are actively sharing the gospel with unbelievers who want to hear it. Field #3, “Equip” is where older believers help younger believers grow spiritually. Field #4, “Launch” is where believers are returning back to Field #1.
What field are you in today?
October 6, 2019: Today’s sermon is the 13th message in a series on the book of Colossians, a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church located in the ancient city of Colossae, located in modern-day Turkey. Today's message is entitled, "Do Life Together!"
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