Summary: 1- True faith demonstrates the love 2- True faith shares the faith 3- True faith refreshes the saints
INTRO.- I say PhI-lemon. Some say Phile-mon. What do you say? You know old Philemon, don’t you? He was a slave owner. Onesimus had run away and came back a Christian, consequently, Paul asked Philemon to receive him back and treat him kindly.
It pays to be kind, don’t you know? What you sow is what you reap.
Faith in the Lord makes all the difference in the world, don’t you think? Just think how miserable life would be without faith in our Creator and our Savior who have promised us eternal life?!
Faith in the Lord is what should govern and/or control our lives. It should makes us the people we are. It should make us better people than perhaps those around us. Our faith in the Lord should affect every aspect of our lives: our marriage, our family life, our work, our friends, our recreation, etc.
How has your faith affected you? How has Christ affected you and changed you? And what does your faith do for you every day?
ILL.- Have you heard or prayed this prayer? “Dear Lord, So far today, I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, haven’t lost my temper, haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over indulgent. I’m very thankful for that. But, in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed. And from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot more help.”
And God does give us help in life. That’s how faith affects us.
If our faith doesn’t have a positive affect in our lives then something is wrong. And generally, what is wrong is not our faith. The problem is that we are not letting faith rule in our lives. Self is ruling our lives.
But Christ is supposed to change us. When Christ saw the multitudes he had compassion on them and that’s the change He should bring about in us as well, that is, Christ should change us into compassionate people. From self-serving to people-serving servants!
PROP.- In our text, Paul speaks to Philemon about true faith in the Lord. What is it? What does it do?
1- True faith demonstrates the love
2- True faith shares the faith
3- True faith refreshes the saints
I. TRUE FAITH DEMONSTRATES THE LOVE
4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
Your love for all the saints. I believe that true faith in the Lord demonstrates love for all the saints, meaning all the Christians.
How do you treat your brothers and sisters in Christ? Those in your church and those in other churches?
ILL.- Some time back Kevin, Wendy, Barrett and Easton Cunningham moved from Jonesboro for Kevin’s new job in Dresden, TN. We hated to see them move. And they really didn’t want to move, but it was a financial thing, not a church thing! They didn’t leave because they didn’t like us! BECAUSE THEY DID LIKE US! I think they felt the love we had for them!
In fact, here’s a note that Wendy wrote to me following their going away party here at the church on July 4th.
“After you announced and recognized us - i wanted to speak and say more than I did, but i started to cry and couldn’t speak! We LOVE the church and our church family- we will miss everything and everyone at JCC. Thanks again! The money will come in handy for the next few weeks helping to pay for Kev’s gas to and from Dresden, TN. We love you guys too!”