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Enjoying God's People, part 2

Enjoying God's People, part 2 (Sermon from 2/3/2013)
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February 2/3, 2013
Enjoying God's People, part 2
Philemon 1-7
Pastor Dennis Keating

(For Scripture references and fill-in the blanks)

THE MAIN POINT: God designs His church to be a place of joyful connection to others.

1. The foundational need: grace and peace (vs. 3)

- Grace is God’s undeserved provision in our lives. (See Ephesians 4:32)

THE POINT: Peace can be restored only when grace is extended.

2. The practical need: faith and love (vs. 4-6)

PAUL’S PRAYER: Energized faith  -->  practical forgiveness  -->  imperfect person

THE KEY PRINCIPLE: As we learn to enjoy God we’ll find the ability to enjoy God’s people.

3. The relational need: care and refreshment (vs. 7)


- Love (John 13:34-35)

- Be at peace with (1 Thessalonians 5:13)

- Be devoted to (Romans 12:10)

- Tolerate and accept (Ephesians 4:2; Romans 15:7)

- Confess our sins (James 5:16)

- Forgive (Ephesians 4:32)

- Give preference to (Romans 12:10)

- Don’t judge (Romans 14:13)

- Encourage (Hebrews 10:24-25)

- Serve (Galatians 5:13)

- Pray for (James 5:16)

OUR CONCLUDING CHALLENGE: You can’t give away to others what you yourself do not possess.

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