Join His Church: 2

‘Receive him forever, not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother.’ Philemon 1:15–16 KJV

What finally brought about an end to slavery? The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Note the small letter Paul wrote to a believer named Philemon. A runaway slave was thrown into a Roman prison along with Paul, and Paul converted him to Christ. And when the slave was released, Paul sent him back to his owner, Philemon. The custom at that time was to kill escaped slaves after they’d been recaptured. But since Philemon was a Christian—another convert of the apostle Paul—he instructed to receive the slave back, ‘not as a servant, but above a servant, a brother.’ And in that new brotherhood, it wasn’t the slave who was executed, it was slavery.

Now, fast forward to the days of William Wilberforce. He was an Englishman, convicted of his sin and converted under the preaching of John Wesley. Wilberforce, a slight, hunch-backed man, became one of the most powerful members of the British Parliament. Consumed by the Gospel and the freedom that Christ offered, Wilberforce devoted all his energies and eloquence to overthrowing the African slave trade. And his success in abolishing it throughout the British Empire led to agitation for similar action to take place in the United States. Ministers began to thunder from pulpits throughout the northern states and, as a result, abolitionist parties came into being and succeeded in destroying slavery in the USA. So it was through the church that slavery came to be seen as an evil and was eradicated in many parts of the world. Jesus came ‘to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives.’ (Luke 4:18 NKJ) Are you a member of Christ’s redeemed church? If not, you can sign up today! Check out vision180.org.au/you-need-jesus/

SoulFood: Isa 26–29, Luke 2:1–7, Ps 46, Pro 1:32–33

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

Wed 09 January, 2019


CALENDAR
Select a specific day

Post Date

Recent Articles

The Truth About Millennials

Millennials are just THE WORST, right? At least, that’s what our elders say. There are seemingly endless pieces in the press talking about how terrible we are. Pastor Ben Windle has spent two years researching us, and he says we aren’t as bad as all that. Next time someone starts a story with ‘back in…

Shooting for Jesus

Jeremy Kendle has played basketball for some of Australia’s best teams since he moved here from the USA in 2015. He’s part of the Toowoomba Mountaineers’ team and was named the Queensland league’s most valuable player. A great season with the Bendigo Braves earned him a spot on the Brisbane Bullets’ roster. He also played…

More Than Her Bruises: Holly Starr

‘In a world where the truth is confusing, you are more than your scars and your bruises.’ These words reflect a lesson Holly Starr has learned the hard way, through some experiences that challenged her faith and her sense of identity. ‘Bruises’, one of our favourite tracks from last year, offers hope and perspective to…

3 Things to Remember About the Cross After Easter

During the Good Friday service, our pastor gets up and quotes Elizabeth Barrett Browning. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… ‘Although there are many ways that God shows His love towards us,’ he tells the congregation, ‘tonight is a time for us to reflect on the Way He loved us.’ What…

Donate to vision

Over 80% of our income is from the freewill gifts of wonderful people just like you.
So thank you for helping. Your generous support is 'Connecting Faith to Life'.