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The Year of Jubilee

In every 50th year in Israel, there was a year of liberty, a year of jubilee where all lands were returned, servants and bondmen set free. This announcement of liberty was made on the Day of Atonement. We consider our spiritual year of jubilee when Jesus Christ purchased our liberty by his blood on the Day of Atonement. The gospel of Christ’s work now proclaims liberty to the captives. We have liberty in the gospel and kingdom, looking forward to the second coming of Christ when we shall experience the true year of jubilee liberated from the bondage of this world.

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The Work and Word of Reconciliation

As we conclude the book of Philemon, we see the beautiful doctrine of “reconciliation” displayed in these 3 main characters. This points us towards Jesus Christ who performed the work of reconciliation and brought us back into peace with God our Father. Now, preachers like Paul have been called to declare unto us the word of reconciliation, the gospel that Jesus has already saved us. Then, the final admonition is that we “get reconciled to God.” We don’t get reconciled to God to gain eternal life, but we reconcile in our own minds the reality of salvation we already have by grace alone through Jesus Christ.

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Book of Philemon

From October 2021 to January 2022 on Wednesday nights, Pastor David preached through the small epistle to Philemon. This personal letter from Paul to Philemon to forgive and receive back his runaway slave, Onesimus, gives us a beautiful picture of Christ’s redemption, reconciliation, and payment of our debt to make us free from the bondage of sin.

Sermons

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Introduction to Philemon – Servants & Masters

Philemon, Refresher of the Saints – Philemon 1-7

For Love’s Sake – Philemon 8-14

One Mediator Between God & Men – Philemon 15-17

Put That on Mine Account – Philemon 18-19

The Work and Word of Reconciliation – Philemon 20-25

The Value of God’s Word

“7) The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8) The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9) The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10) More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” (Ps. 19:7-10)

In Psalm 19, after a discussion of the gospel of creation that is uttered in every language (v.1-6), the psalmist David then turns his attention to the gospel we have given unto us in the written word of God (v.7-14). We see 6 concise statements from v.7-9, describing the word of God in different ways, the purity of God’s word, and the effects of God’s word. As we consider the amazing value of God’s word in our lives, we must ask ourselves, how much do we really value and love God’s word? Scripture repeatedly declares that we should value God’s word above gold, yea above much fine gold. Do we really value God’s word above material wealth in this world? I’m afraid for many of us (myself included most of the time) the answer is a definitive “No!” We will consider the amazing value of God’s word in our lives and hopefully will treasure God’s word as our most valuable possession in our lives. May we crave the sweetness of God’s word above honey or the honeycomb (or whatever your favorite food is to satisfy your sweet tooth). Let us pray that God will bless us all to fall in love with God’s word together.

Redeeming the Time

Probably all of us feel like we have not made great use of our time during the last year. We need to be mindful to redeem – to buy back – our time, to control our time instead of time controlling us. We have over 21 million waking seconds each year that we have to utilize to serve our Lord. As we see from the Israelites not pressing into the promised land, we have to take advantage of opportunities and open doors when they are presented to us, redeeming the time.

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Bible Reading for 2022

As we begin to make New Year’s Resolutions for the upcoming year in 2022, arguably no resolution is more important than a renewed commitment to the reading and study of God’s word. We hope you will embark with us on this one-year Bible reading plan designed to read your Bible all the way through in the next year.

Click here to view and download a PDF of the 2022 One Year Bible Reading Plan

To aid you in reading God’s word, you might consider downloading this Bible Timeline of the Old and New Testament to place each passage of scripture in the appropriate historical context.

Click here to view and download a PDF of the Biblical Timeline of the Old and New Testament

Walking in Tune With the Holy Spirit (Simeon & Anna)

In the aftermath of Jesus’ birth, during their first trip to the temple for an offering, we see an amazing account of Simeon taking up the child, Jesus Christ. Simeon was told by the Holy Spirit he would see the Christ before he died. Then, he was so in tune with the Holy Ghost, that he was led by the Spirit directly to Jesus in the temple. Also, Anna the prophetess, by the direction of the Holy Spirit arrived at that location in that instant to also see the redemption of Israel. Let us follow the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives to have communion with the Son of God in the temple of our bodies.

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How to Work Out

Visiting minister Lic. John Pyles considers how to properly work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. There are obstacles that can prevent us from boldly living out the gospel in our lives. We are warned to avoid these obstacles that can prevent us from our conversation and manner of life boldly proclaiming the gospel to those around us. Let us work out the salvation that God has worked in us.

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Looking Expectantly for Christ’s Second Coming

It is so easy to get consumed and distracted with this world to where we are not watching expectantly for Christ’s second coming. A vision of Christ and his second coming is arguably the greatest encouragement we can have in the midst of trial. We see God’s encouragement to the persecuted church – particularly in Thessalonica and 7 churches of Asia – was to point their vision towards Christ’s second coming for hope and encouragement in tribulation, even in the face of imminent martyrdom.

Preached on 12/19/2021 at Tyler PBC (Tyler, TX).

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Put That on Mine Account

We see in Philemon the Apostle Paul literally stepping into the shoes on Onesimus and committing to pay his debt in full. This teaches us the doctrine of “substitution”, that Christ came and stepped into our shoes as a substitute to pay our debt of sin before our loving offended Master. Christ came to pay our debt that the offense might be removed and we are restored to fellowship with God our Father.

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