The Epistle to Philemon is a very sweet one, concerning how to have a blessed church life in a certain locality. This Epistle talks about four constituents in a healthy church: the experienced brother “Philemon,” the serving “Apphia,” the fighting “Archippus,” and the saints in that locality.
A “Philemon” in the church is not only firm, but also has commitment. Because of his firmness, and under his leading, saints will not be anxious for the increase of number or the spiritual ups-and-downs when they are serving. Also, because of his commitment, his presence there brings the steady growth in every aspect of the whole church. Today in the church life we have to learn to be a Philemon, putting ourselves completely into laboring, fighting desperately for the Lord’s testimony in our locality, and becoming the firm strength for the saints.
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