“Yes, brother, may I have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.” Philemon 20 (HCSB)

Motivations: Living with Heart is the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Stewardship emphasis series for 2014. Motivations is meant to help your church take giant steps towards being known for their heart as a result of their honesty and commitment to Christ. The primary scriptures for the emphasis will be Philemon and 2 Corinthians 8:1–5.

The letter to Philemon is an example of Paul acting in a pastoral role as he makes an appeal for Christian giving. He appeals to the highest Christian motivations when he writes to Philemon. He does not seek to manipulate unfairly. He elicits a gift from Philemon based upon his sense of gratitude for salvation, his sense of heart in applying his faith (v. 6), and his sense of eternal investment in Onesimus to restore him to usefulness for the Kingdom and to fellowship in the encouragement of the saints.

A sampler of the resources offered for this series is available for download below. For more information or to place an order for resources, please contact Stacy Seaton by phone at (800)736-6227 extension 336, or by email at sseaton@mobaptist.org


This document contains example resources for the Motivations: Living with Heart series. It includes sample lessons, a sermon preparation helper, song suggestions and more.

These song sheets are missing from resource packets received by some churches. We have obtained permission to post these two sheets for download by those who are missing them.