by Donald Cantrell

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Series: Postcards from Prison - Philemon
Donald Cantrell
Philemon 1:2-7

Philemon 1:2-7 (KJV) 2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house: 3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, 5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; 6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. 7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

I - The Intimacy of this Church - Their House (2)
A) The Preciousness of this Church
B) The People of this Church
1 - Philemon (one who kisses)
2 - Apphia (fruitful)
3 - Archippus (master of the horse)
C) The Place of this Church
D) The Perseverance of this Church
1 - Fellow Laborers' In the Faith with Paul
2 - Fellow Soldiers' In the Fight with Paul

II - The Identity of this Church - Their Habits (5)
A) Distinct in their Love & Faith towards the Saviour
B) Distinct in their Love & Faith towards the Saints

III - The Involvement of this Church - Their Help (6-7)
A) Involved in Doing a Good Job - Reassuring Labor
B) Involved in Displaying a Great Joy - Refreshing Love

The Church

Warren Wiersbe said this, ''The Church is always one generation short of extinction, if our generation fails to guard the truth and entrust it to our children, then that will be the end! When you think of the saints and martyrs who suffered and died so that we might have God's truth, it makes you want to take your place in God's army and be faithful unto death.
Sermon Central - Chad Bolfa

Introduction: In this passage we realize that not all churches are big bright and becoming on the outside. A real church has beauty on the inside and is not evaluated on i ...

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