As we continue in Paul’s letter to Philemon we come to the greeting. It’s unusual for Paul to greet so many people and, in such a personal letter, to greet the church itself. But, as we’ll see, there’s good reason for it and there are several lessons that can be gathered from Paul’s greeting. Yet, the overarching lesson and the principle which undergirds the entire greeting is this: that we are members of one another; and being such, we are to love one another and consider how our decisions affect those with whom we are connected. This principle has far reaching implications that cannot be fully mined in the sermon so I pray you’ll wrestle with it beyond what I’ll be able to suggest in a single sermon–and may God bless you as you do.

Please pray for God’s blessing on this message and for the outpouring and working of His Spirit of holiness among us. We are nothing without Him and we can do nothing without His antecedent and enabling work.

Dr. James La Belle

Pastor La Belle was born in Florida, raised in Alabama until he was 15 years old, and then lived in Washington until he was 30, when he and his family left for Seminary in Philadelphia. He and his wife Chantry have been married for 24 years and have 7 children from ages 19 to 9: River, Schylie, Forrest, Terra, Sandy, Rocky, and Chantry. Pastor La Belle has published two books with Joel Beeke (Living by God's Promises and Living Zealously), with a third forthcoming (Living for God's Glory in Marriage) and is currently working on a Doctorate in Puritan Studies.

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