Text: Philemon

Introduction: (vv. 1-3)

  • Verse 1 – Philemon is authored by Paul during his imprisonment (see verse 9).
  • verses 1-2 – to Philemon and family, but in verse 2 we can see that their church gathered not in a building, nor a parish church, but in a home—at Philemon’s home. The church is not the building; “church in your house” – propositional “in” pertains that there was a church inside his house. Clearly, only people can be inside a house, hence the church is the people who gather for Christ (identity).
  • v. 3 – common greeting in the time of Paul where he presented Christ as equal to God the Father who is the source of both grace and peace—charis and Eirini (shalom).

Main Idea: Part I: Identity, Community, and Mission (vv. 4-7)

v. 4 to 7: there is a massive decline in today’s generation, comparatively, in the United Kingdom around 2/3 of Gen Zers, and over a third in the US, indicated that they have ‘no religion’ also known as being in the ‘unchurched’ religious category. Some classify themselves as an agnostic, loose atheist, pragmatics, and so on. Why? Because we do not offer identity, community, and mission.

  • Identity – v5, love and the faith they have toward the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Community – v6, “sharing” is koinonia – of food? No! it is sharing of faith. This communal sharing offers a deeper awareness and experience of the blessings that Christ has for us.
  • Mission – v7, the mission to provide joy, comfort, and love to the body of saints—the local church, so that we give others an avenue to be refreshed, healed, and renewed.

Meaning, that if our gathering or your individual lifestyle always centers on yourself, then you are failing to exemplify the love that Christ has for us (our identity), by sharing for fellowship in the body of Christ (community) and towards giving benefit to the entire community of Christ (mission).

Part 2: The Gospel in Philemon (vv. 8-20).

  • Share the story about Philemon and Onesimus (a worker, and slave).
  • “very heart” v12 – goes with Onesimus
  • He became useful, even though he was useless to you in the past (because of stealing)
  • vv15-16, no longer a bondservant of man, but of Christ – Slave here, in Paul’s argument, presents that they are on equal footing in Christ’s sake.
  • vv17–19 (we believe that the Bible is God’s Words, let us read these next verses in a canonical lens as the logos of God) as if it is Christ speaking to God the Father on behalf of us:
    • If we are one (partner is koinonia), you will receive him. (John 17)
    • If he has wronged you, charged that to my account. (1 John 2:2)
    • I will repay all what he or she owes to you (1 John 1:7)
    • Be refreshed—a new creation (2 Cor 5:17).

Final Words:

Verse 21-22- shows the confidence of Paul that “if” Philemon is a genuine Christian, he would forgive, reconcile, and brings forth the healing both grounded in the love of Christ.


Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
June 27, 2022



Text: 2 Timothy 2:1-7

Gospel and the Next Generation


  • Paul wrote this second letter to Timothy during his second imprisonment in Rome (AD 64–65).
  • This letter is a call to be courageous and endurance amid opposition and suffering for the sake of the gospel.
  • 2 Timothy 1:1-7, Paul expresses his affectionate greetings to Timothy, his “beloved child”
  • 2 Timothy 1:8-14, Paul exhorts Timothy to have gospel endurance
  • 2 Timothy 15-18, Paul reveals those people who abandoned him

The future of the local church, the next generation of believers, and those who are yet to believe are at stake if we don’t faithfully entrust the gospel of Jesus Christ today.

  1. Be Strengthened by God’s Grace (v1)
    • The grace of God transforms our feeling
    • The grace of Jesus transforms our thinking
    • The grace of God transforms our doing
  2. Entrust the Good Deposit of the Gospel (v2)
    • The Gospel – Christ crucified
    • The Sufficiency of God’s Word
    • Love for the Local Church
    • A Life Worthy of the Gospel
    • Look for men and women who are faithful
    • Then these faithful men and women will eventually disciple others
    • Life on Life is the way we entrust the gospel
      • Paul, the Apostle (First Generation)
      • Timothy (Second Generation)
      • Faithful Men & Women (Third Generation)
      • Others (Fourth Generation)
  3. Endure Hardships Together (v3-6)
    • When you embrace the gospel, be ready to suffer.
      • Have a single focus like a soldier (v4)
      • Have a godly discipline like an athlete (v5)
      • Have an enduring expectation towards the prize (v6)
  4. Examine your life and your local church in light of God’s truth (v7)
    • Do I thirst for God?
    • Do I still grieve over sin?
    • Am I governed by God’s Word?
    • Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
    • Am I a quicker forgiver? Am I more loving?

2 Timothy 4:6-7, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.


For the sake of God’s glory and the joy of the saints at UCBC:

  • Humbly seek together God’s grace
  • Grow and be accountable to each other
  • Faithfully entrust the gospel corporately
  • Endure hardships with joy and gladness


Ptr. Franco Ferrer
International Baptist Church of Manila
April 17, 2022



Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Jesus, the Gospel, and the Resurrection (Full Sermon Manuscript)



Generally speaking, what we will consistently see is Paul’s appeal that 1) the Gospel should be central for them, the church, and 2) they should mature in their faith – this includes the pursuit of holiness in their life in Christ.

The Gospel declares that Jesus resurrected from the dead.


  • What is the Gospel for a Christian?
  • The content of the gospel Paul preached.
  • Concrete evidence of Jesus’ resurrection
  • Paul’s testimony of grace


BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Do not waste your life on the vain things of this world rather let us not hesitate to submit to the will of God and do not hesitate to obey knowing that our resurrection in Christ is at hand. As Christ prayed, with the contradiction of His real struggle at that point of prayer: Father, not My will but Your will be done. 


Ptr. Uziel Idurot
One Body Christian Ministry
April 10, 2022


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