SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER, 2018
THEME: WINNING SOUL WITH WISDOM
TEXT: PHILEMON 1-25
MEMORY VERSE: COLOSSIANS 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man”.
One needs the grace and wisdom of God in tackling explosive situations. Onesimus was a slave of Philemon, a believer in Colosse. He ran away from his master and came to Rome where he met Paul during his house arrest there. By divine will, Onesimus was converted by Paul and sent back to Philemon with his thought-provoking letter.
There are many things to learn from this 25-verse letter:
(a) About Philemon: (i) He has love and faith towards God. To have slave(s) was legal at that time.
(ii) Manifests his love to his slave by giving him some freedom which Onesimus abused.
(iii) Shows hospitality to saints and the body of Christ.
(b) About Paul: (i) Knows how best to tackle a delicate problem.
(ii) Always out to win soul for Christ despite his challenge.
(iii) Intercession for Onesimus without offending Philemon.
(iv) Refused to attack the issue of slavery in order for not to jeopardise the core issue of winning over an angry man.
(c) About Onesimus: He knew he was bound as a slave and needed spiritual freedom and ran to Apostle Paul for the freedom and spiritual cleansing.
Beloved, how often do you handle delicate matters? How often do you convert situations to Christ’s advantage? How often do you entertain members of the body of Christ? Area Boys, too, can be won over to Christ, depending on the way you approach them. Prostitute, like Rahab, can become born-again Christians if your approach is “seasoned with salt”. A Muslim fanatics can become an Apostle of Christ if your approach is laced with wisdom. Army robbers can be converted like Onesimus and made worthy for God’s Kingdom.
HYMN: EMHB 360 – HAPPY THE MAN THAT FIND THE GRACE
PRAYER: God of Wisdom, empower me the grace to approach every issue that comes my way with divine wisdom and understanding to win over the enemy to see eye-to-eye with You, Lord, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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