The Book of Philemon is a tinderbox of sensitive and explosive issues that Paul handles with great wisdom and tact. This series focuses on gleaning relationship principles we can apply to our lives.
6-15-14: CASE STUDY: Advanced Relationship Skills - Part 1 (Philemon 1-9a):The Apostle Paul found himself in the middle of a very sticky situation. His good's friend's slave had run away, had come to Christ, and now was being returned. Could the Gospel work in this kind of delicate situation? In this wonderful book Paul applies "advanced" relationship skills. Here are the principles considered in verses 1-9a: Manuscript and Audio File
1) Sympathize with the suffering.2) Everyone commits to submit.3) We are accountable in community.4) Prioritize the positive.5) Look up before you look around.6) Prepare with prayer.7) Move from general to specific.8)Move from knowledge to action.9) Move from past to future.10) Asking is better than telling11) Leverage love.
6-22-14 Advanced Relationship Skills - Part 2 (Philemon 9b-25):Paul continues to display God's wisdom in an explosive situation. If God can work in these relationships, He can work in yours as well. Paul applies these principles in verses 9b - 25: Manuscript and Audio File
12) Defer to the elderly.13) Identify your intentions.14) Tell the story.15) A little humor always helps.16) A solution requires sacrifice.17) Decisions must be made.18) Connect the dots carefully.19) Christ changes everything!20) Belonging comes from believing.21) Don't cover-up the consequences.22) Visualize victory.23) Assume the best of people.24) We are loved in community.25 It's all about grace!