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Philemon. Matthew Henry (14 appeals to Philemon to forgive Onesimus for his departure) Reduced to 7 major methods Appeal to our relationships Brothers in Christ: 7, 16, 20 My son, Onesimus: 10 Partner: 17. Philemon. Appeal through Substitution

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philemon
Philemon
  • Matthew Henry (14 appeals to Philemon to forgive Onesimus for his departure)
  • Reduced to 7 major methods
  • Appeal to our relationships
  • Brothers in Christ: 7, 16, 20
  • My son, Onesimus: 10
  • Partner: 17
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Philemon
  • Appeal through Substitution
  • Treat Onesimus like he’s Paul 12, 17
  • Paul takes any debt on him 18-19
  • Onesimus gave what Philemon would like to have given 13
  • Reminds us of Jesus taking on the penalty of sin for us
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Philemon
  • Appeal to Philemon’s Character
  • Love displayed through hospitality 5-7, 22
  • Means of furthering the Gospel 2 Jn. 10-11, 3 Jn. 10, 5-6
  • Same love should be extended toward Onesimus upon his repentance
  • Confidence in his Character 21
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Philemon
  • Appeal to practical:
  • 10-11 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitableto thee and to me:
  • Forget the past (lazy, runaway, thief…) and accept the changed man (repentance)
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Philemon
  • Appeal to Free Will
  • Could command but begs instead 8-9
  • How persuasive is such behavior?
  • Paul made a sacrifice in sending him back and now seeks Philemon’s gift 10-14
  • Give the aged prisoner a reason for joy in this specific circumstance 20
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Philemon
  • Appeal to Providence
  • 15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
  • God works through our choices: Gen. 50:19-20
  • We do not always know: Esther 4:14
  • His brief departure has resulted in his eternal salvation (Accept the great result)
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Philemon
  • Appeal to Obligation
  • 18-19 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.
  • Paul converted Philemon to Christ
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All Volunteer Army
  • We accept Christ of our own free will
  • We choose to continue in service
  • Our elders should be willing 1 Pet. 5:2
  • Our contributions should be given cheerfully and willingly 2 Cor. 8:12, 9:7
  • (Web, sermon duplications, teaching classes, PWG, Tracts, Correspondence Courses…)
  • Face to face meeting coming: 22