8:00am, 9:15am, 10:30am, 11:45am
Change My Heart
Philemon is a letter from the apostle Paul to a friend and fellow Christian named Philemon. The topic of the letter is the welfare of a slave name Onesimus who is owned by Philemon. Onesimus has runaway from Philemon (we are not given a reason why) and on his journey encountered Paul. Paul apparently leads Onesimus to Christ, disciple him and is now ready to return him to Philemon. This is risky for Onesimus since a runaway slave faced potentially severe punishment if caught.It is also risky for Philemon since he must with with Onesimus as a Christian brother. How does Paul use his influence to lead Philemon to take a critical counter-cultural step and embrace a biblical, rather than a cultural value?
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