- Dr. John Ojewole
- Antioch, California, United States
- John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Restoration for the Broken
Restoration for the Broken
Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)3
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.
TEXT: Philemon 1-25
INTRODUCTION: Philippians 1:13; Philippians 4:22; Colossians 4:9.
“Wesley aptly discerned in Paul’s letter to Philemon a message that “infinitely transcends all the wisdom of the world. And it gives us a specimen how Christians ought to treat of secular affairs from higher principles.”” -- Wesley Study Bible
1. REFRESH THE FEEBLE
Philemon 1–5; Galatians 6:1; Cf. Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; Philemon 7 ; Matthew 11:28 ; Philemon 15–16
“Christianity is the only army that shoots its wounded.”—Rick Ezell.
2. RELEASE THE FAULTY
Philemon 8–12, 17–21; Cf. 1 Tim 1:2; 2 Tim 1:2; Titus 1:4.; Titus 1:42 Corinthians 5:17 ;Hebrews 8:12; Colossians 3:13
“What does a forgiver so? A forgiver releases the sin… Forgiveness means to cancel a debt in order to provide an opportunity for repentance and reconciliation of a broken relationship.”—Rick Ezell.
“Who formerly was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.”—Story told by Rick Ezell.
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” --Mahatma Gandhi
“He who goes to bed angry has the devil for a bed-fellow. Never take your enemies to bed with you.”—Old Latin
Illustration: Wife’s Imaginary List
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ― C.S. Lewis
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
3. RESTORE THE FRACTURED
“But we can't go back. We can only go forward.” ― Libba Bray
“Love is the lens through which the Christian looks at relationships and rules. The grace-filled life is the life that is filled with responsive love.”—Wesley Study Bible
Illustration: Bride Had 13 Bullets in Her
CONCLUSION: Psalm 147:3