Philemon: A Letter of Radical Reconciliation
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.