Talks for Growing Christians
Some Final Thoughts, and the Benediction
Lesson Number 5
- God provides all kinds of fellow workers.
- Fellow workers each have a different role to play in the ministry, and each one provides us with a different lesson concerning Christian service.
- Would you be happy to show hospitality to the Apostle Paul?
- When was this letter written?
- Where is the city of Colosse located?
- Why did Paul appeal to Caesar?
- What did Paul accomplish during his imprisonment in Rome?
- What indication is there that Paul expected to be released from his imprisonment?
- What was Paul’s reason for writing this epistle?
- To whom was the closing benediction written?
- In the early 60s A.D.
- Colosse is located in modern-day Turkey.
- Paul had been arrested in Jerusalem for disturbing the so-called peace of Judaism, and as a result was imprisoned for two years in Cesarea. He saw that the case was going nowhere, so he appealed to Caesar and was sent to Rome for trial.
- He witnessed to the guards to whom he was chained, he ministered to and through fellow believers, and he wrote four books of the Bible.
- See verse 22, “Prepare a guest room for me.”
- To have Onesimus return to the scene of the crime to make things right.
- To the church that met in Philemon’s house. “Your” in verse 22 is plural.
- God provides all kinds of fellow workers, each with a different role to play in the ministry. Consider some of your fellow workers, and the role they play in your common ministry.
- Review the roles of each of Paul’s fellow workers: Epaphras, Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. Can you identify these with some of your fellow workers? What kind of a worker are you?
- Philemon was to prepare a guest room for Paul. Would you be happy to show hospitality to a present-day Paul? What would you want to change in preparation for his visit?
- “Meanwhile, prepare a guest room for me.” Philemon 22
- “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” Philemon 25