Letters for Living

Letters For Living: "The Outstanding Debt"

Edmund Brooks

Onesimus has broken the law. He has robbed his employer Philemon. Onesimus deserves to be punished. Onesimus deserves to be executed for his crimes. But Paul pleads for Philemon to show mercy to Onesimus. The reason for this mercy is the gospel itself.

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Letters For Living: "Imitating Who?"

Edmund Brooks

The New Testament is full of examples that we are called to follow. In John’s third letter, he actually tells the church not to follow a certain person, Diotrephes’ example. It turns out that Diotrephes is actually inhibiting the work of the church and the work of the gospel. In John’s third letter, he tells us how to respond to people like that and who we should imitate.

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Letters for Living: "Gospel Culture"

Edmund Brooks

How much should a church look like the culture in which it is doing ministry? This is the question that many churches ask when they engage in ministry strategies. Problems occur when churches don’t ask this question and end up assimilating with the sin that is present in a culture. That is what was happening in Crete in 66 AD. Paul sent Titus to Crete to remind the churches in Crete that they were called to model the gospel by living in the culture, but living in a way that showed the love of God. This was relevant in 66 AD and is relevant in 2019. Are we living a life that ministers the gospel or do we look just like the culture?

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