God’s Drama of Reconciliation

By Jonathan Nolasco - 7/23/2023

Philemon 8–18 NIV

Paul’s letter to Philemon reveals what it looks like to participate in God’s drama of reconciliation. It challenges us to consider not only the reality of our broken interpersonal relationships, but also the sense of hopelessness we may feel about those relationships ever being restored. Yet, ultimately, this letter points us to Jesus’ reconciling work on the cross that can give us hope in the midst of our hopelessness.

Philemon: A Letter of Radical Reconciliation

Series Date: 7/9/2023 - 7/23/2023

Series Summary: If we had only the Book of Philemon, we would learn a lot about how the reconciling gospel operates in tangible ways in our lives. What Paul writes about in 2 Corinthians 5, he demonstrates in his letter to Philemon: that in Jesus, a new way of being human, of being in community, is possible and that the Church is to live in this radical way in/through our relationships. Forgiveness crosses boundaries, and social power dynamics are replaced with equal status as siblings in the family of God. We will look at this through the lenses of reconciliation and society, the church as a reconciled community, and our role as ambassadors of reconciliation.