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New series: Slam Dunk

By: Admin on July 4, 2012

The Bible has a few books that are very short and to the point. This doesn't take away from the power of the lessons taught in them, in fact, the message probably has more impact because it is right there without any other major lessons or issues around them.

I'm taking a look at four "slam dunks" in the Bible: four short letters with powerful, to-the-point winning truths that we need to put into action in our personal lives and in our church. The books are all in the New Testament: Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Jude. They are all located close to the end of the Bible.

Like I said, they are short and to the point.

The "Slam Dunk" in Philemon is the whole story of forgiveness, grace and restoration. Behind this very pointed lesson of a personal letter is the idea of the need to face one's own weaknesses and sin.

Philemon is the name of a person to whom the letter was addressed. Paul, one of the most powerful BIble teachers and authors, wrote a very personal letter to his friend Philemon regarding a fellow by the name of Onesimus.

Onesimus was Philemon's slave who had not only run away, but stole money from his master. Somewhere along the line, Onesimus came into contact with Paul, probably in Rome, came to know Jesus and allowed God to change him. He was now serving Paul while the teacher was under house arrest in Rome. Apparently he did a fantastic job.

Now Paul was sending Onesimus back to his friend Philemon. But not as a slave, but rather as a dear brother. Paul called Onesimus his son and said this about him: "Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me."

If we fail, we can come back and be useful. When someone fails, remember that they, too, can come back and be useful.

Read the letter to Philemon today and you'll see the Slam Dunk message that we can become useful.

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Topics: bible, forgiveness, god, jesus, love, message series, volunteering

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