Sermons

The Cost of Discipleship

Sep 08, 2019

The Cost of Discipleship

Passage: Philemon 1

Preacher: Pastor Joshua Reifsteck

Series: Pentecost

Category: Calvary Lutheran Church

Keywords: discipleship, redemption, forgiveness, obedience, onesimus, philemon, cost

Summary

Philemon is only twenty-one verses, but the impact of this Epistle is powerful! In this letter, Paul appeals to a slave owner named Philemon on behalf of a repentant runaway named Onesimus. Paul offers to pay Onesimus’ debt, no questions asked. What a generous offer! But Paul urges Philemon to treat Onesimus with the same love and forgiveness, for Philemon and Onesimus are now not just master and slave, but brothers in the faith. Philemon’s faith should have dramatic consequences for his worldly relationships. Faith changes everything, and this is true for us as well. As the people of God, we celebrate the new and blessed life we have in Him. We gather to receive the restoration our Master alone can give!

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