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High Five: Affirmative Action – Philemon 1-7

About This Message

 

In week one of of his new series “High Five,” from the book of Philemon, Pastor Ryan Heller shares how we can affirm others through our words, prayers and actions.

God created us for relationships.  It is part of his created order that we relate to Him and others.  To not have friends and people that are close to us is to be less than human and is to miss out on one of the greatest opportunities in a life time.

This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, 2 and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house.3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Philemon 1-3 (NLT)

Three Keys to Building Others Up

1. Actions That Affirm

I myself have gained much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because your kindness has so often refreshed the hearts of God’s people. Philemon 7 (NLT)

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… Galatians 5:22

Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. What I want is for you to receive a well-earned reward because of your kindness. Philippians 4:16

2. Prayers That Affirm

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” Philemon 4-6 (NIV)

I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. Ephesians 1:16-17 (NLT)

…thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it’s a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully. Why, it’s only right that we give thanks. II Thessalonians 1:3 (MSG)

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers… I Thessalonians 1:2 (ESV)

3. Words That Affirm

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. Philemon 4-5 (NIV)

Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty. Proverbs 25:25 (NLT)