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40 Days of Prayer 2018

Day 42 - February 11, 2018 - Grace

Posted by Jerry Barber on

Philemon

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— also to Apphia our sister and Archippusour fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:

 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9 yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— 10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel.14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 16 no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.

22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

 

Today’s sermon is based on the book of Philemon, as you know from using this guide the past week. Today, meditate on the passage – read it over and over again and ask God to reveal His truth to you. Then make a few of your own observations about the passage:

What do we learn about GOD from this passage?

 

 

 

What do we learn about OURSELVES from this passage?

 

 

 

After listening to the sermon (live or via HCC website or phone app) and/or meditating on the text, what is ONE primary way that you can apply some truth mentioned here to your life THIS WEEK?

 

 

 

Based on what you have written above, can you write a brief prayer of response below, asking God in your own words to help you obey His Word and put it into practice?

 

Puritan Prayer:

The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions.  Each Sunday, we will provide one of those prayers that relates to our theme.  These ancient prayers can be challenging because of their language, but they are very rich and full of meaning.  We encourage you to read the prayer slowly, then to pray it to God yourself, followed by any other ways God leads you to commune with Him and pray for others.  As you pray for the ministry listed at the bottom of this page, please remember to use the book of Philemon to help guide you.

 

Grace Active (pages 214-15)

LORD JESUS, GREAT HIGH PRIEST,

 

Thou hast opened a new and living way by which a fallen creature can approach thee with acceptance. Help me to contemplate the dignity of thy Person, the perfectness of thy sacrifice, the effectiveness of thy intercession. O what blessedness accompanies devotion, when under all the trials that weary me, the cares that corrode me, the fears that disturb me, the infirmities that oppress me, I can come to thee in my need and feel peace beyond understanding! The grace that restores is necessary to preserve, lead, guard, supply, help me.

 

And here thy saints encourage my hope; they were once poor and are now rich, bound and are now free, tried and now are victorious. Every new duty calls for more grace than I now possess, but not more than is found in thee, the divine Treasury in whom all fullness dwells. To thee I repair for grace upon grace, until every void made by sin be replenished and I am filled with all thy fullness. May my desires be enlarged and my hopes emboldened, that I may honour thee by my entire dependency and the greatness of my expectation.

 

Do thou be with me, and prepare me for all the smiles of prosperity, the frowns of adversity, the losses of substance, the death of friends, the days of darkness, the changes of life, and the last great change of all. May I find thy grace sufficient for all my needs.

 

Ministry Highlight: HARVESTUDENTS

The middle school and high school ministry has two goals: [1] To develop middle and high school students into followers of Jesus Christ with a passion to worship God well and communicate his love to others; and [2] to help equip parents as they disciple their students in Christ.

We believe that our mission as the local church is to make disciples. This includes equipping students and parents to understand and apply Scripture better. That’s why we take time each week to study the Bible in a thorough and relevant way. The Bible teaches that Christians should “be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Our weekly Sunday night gatherings consist of an in-depth Bible study for middle school students (6th-8th grade) and a separate one for high school students (9th-12th grade), fun indoor or outdoor field games and other random craziness! It’s also a great time for your student to experience community as they meet other students their age, make friends, and get connected in a safe and caring environment where our trained leaders are ready to love your teenager. Join us Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please pray with us for our student ministry:

  • For spiritual growth for the middle school and high school students
  • For the salvation for several students who don’t know Christ
  • For unity and friendship among the students, and for a growing sense of being on mission for Christ

 

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