Philemon: A Picture of a Beautiful and Heavenly Church Life

Philemon is one of the shortest books in the Bible, yet it is also a very sweet book, and one that is rich in the experiences of the practical church life.

It is simply a letter from the aged, imprisoned apostle Paul to a dear brother in the Lord, Philemon. In it, Paul speaks to Philemon concerning Onesimus, a slave of Philemon’s who had run away from him. Onesimus had gone to Paul in Rome, and had been saved through him. Now Paul was sending him back to Philemon, “no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother” (v. 6).

This book was the subject of the 2011 Vision Week. During this time we saw that we can learn much from this letter concerning both our Christian life and our church life. The saints Paul mentions in this brief letter, the manner in which he addresses Philemon, and the way in which he cares for Onesimus, help us not in the way of teaching, but by way of experience and example.

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Set One: 27.5 megabytes
Set Two: 48.2 megabytes
Set Three: 45.7 megabytes

Message Two, Excerpt One
The Three sections of Philemon

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Message Three, Excerpt One
The Pillars and the Workers

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Message Four, Excerpt One
From Saul to Paul

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Message Five, Excerpt One
The Relationship among the Pillars

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Message Five, Excerpt Two
The Center of the Church Life and Its Pillars

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Message Five, Excerpt Three
The Apostles are at the Bottom of the Church Life

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Message Six, Excerpt One
How to Know the Apostles

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Message Seven, Excerpt One
We Need to Appreciate the Christ in Each Member of the Body of Christ

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Message Seven, Excerpt Two
The Church According to the House

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Message Seven, Excerpt Three
Refreshing the Inward Parts of the Saints

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Message Seven, Excerpt Four
Debtors to Those Who Have Served Us, and Genuine Before the Lord

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Message Eight, Excerpt One
Able to Raise Up the Saints

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Message Nine, Excerpt One
A Short Yet Very Meaningful Book

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Message Nine, Excerpt Two
Basic Points from the Book of Philemon

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Message Ten, Excerpt One
Helped by the Servants of the Lord

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