This was the second sermon in our series on the shortest books of the Bible, called Small But Significant. All throughout this series we read an entire book in worship, an unusual treat due to the brevity of these books. 

Appropriately, on this Sunday close to July 4, we examined the shortest of St. Paul’s letters, Philemon, which is all about the question of freedom within the Christian community. While scholars have debated Paul’s request to the slave-owner Philemon for years, we made a case that Paul offered a vision of liberation in Christ that was not only radical in its own time but still a message we need to hear today.

The gospel restores our relationship with God and rearranges our relationship with others.

 

Notes: Drew quoted Bishop and scholar N.T. Wright in this sermon. You can find a link to him talking in-depth about Philemon here.

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