Sunday 20th July 2016
Bible passage: Philemon
Session aim: To be assured of the the forgiveness of God
We’re looking at another of Paul’s letters this week. This week is a letter to Philemon (fie-lee-mon).
A bit of background for you: Philemon was saved under Paul’s ministry. He had a slave called Onesimus (oh-knee-see-mus) who ran away. By running away he broke the law. Paul wanted to reunite the two.
Following Jesus requires change, which is why Paul encourages Philemon to take Onesimus back as a brother in Christ and forgive him: a massive challenge. How far are we ready to accept those who come from a different background or forgive those who have wronged us?
Paul, Philemon and Onesimus have all received the forgiveness of God – but will that forgiveness make a difference, when it really matters? The desire to put things right, to give and receive forgiveness and to be in harmony with those around you are all part of a child’s experience.
We’ll talk about being different and accepting each other (focusing on accepting rather than on the differences) as well as ways of putting this into action.