Who was Philemon anyway?
Philemon was an all-around good guy, a church leader in the Colossae area. He loved Jesus and his fellow believers, and he refreshed the hearts of many Christians. But he found himself in a very awkward situation: Philemon owned a slave, Onesimus. Now, Onesimus had stolen from Philemon and had run away. When Onesimus showed back up on Philemonâ€™s doorstep, he carried with him a note from Paul. This message urged Philemon to do something unheard of: forgive Onesimus and accept him back as a brother, not a slave. In this small, single-chapter book, we will discover together the essence of forgiveness. You won't want to miss it!
The book of Judges is the continuing story of a God on mission to gather a community of worshippers for Himself, from within an evil and rebellious world. The repetitive theme of, "everyone did what was right in their own eyes," not only sets the tone for the culture, but describes the attitudes of some of the darkest "heroes" in God's story of redemption. We must all fight the temptation to "judge" the judges for, in truth, we are no different. We are equally unfaithful and fully convinced of our own "rightness". In truth, when we read about the ever-rebellious Israel with its misguided leaders, we see ancient versions of our own present-day idolatry - individual and corporate. This story, and every story, is about God's grace.
5250 W Cortaro Farms Rd
Tucson, AZ 85742
Saturday: 6pm, Worship Center
Sunday: 8am, D Building
9am, Worship Center
9:30am, Adult Bible Study, D Building
10:45am, Worship Center
10:45am, Adult Bible Study, D Building