Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
C Name the author of the book of Philemon.
C Identify to whom the book of Philemon was written.
C State the purpose for the book of Philemon.
C Write the Key Verse of the book of Philemon from memory.
C State the Life and Ministry Principle for the book of Philemon.
TO WHOM: Philemon, a Christian who lived at Colosse
PURPOSE: To appeal for Onesimus, the runaway slave of Philemon who had become a believer. The book also serves as a practical example of Christian principles applied to social relationships . It also illustrates the principle of forgiveness , and the ministry of intercession .
KEY VERSE: 1:10
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: Christian principles must be applied to social relationships.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Paul, Onesimus, Philemon. Minor characters mentioned are Apphia, Archippus, Epaphras, Marcus, Demas, Lucas, Aristarchus
I. Introduction: 1:1-7
A. Greetings of grace and peace: 1:1-3
1. From Paul and Timothy: 1:1
B. To: 1:1-2
l. Philemon: 1 :1
2. Apphia: 1:2
3. Archippus: 1:2
4. Church in Philemon’s home: 1:2
C. Thanksgiving for: 1:4-7
1. Love: 1:5
2. Faith: 1 :5
3. Communication of faith: 1:6
4. Refreshing of saints: 1:7
II. The request: 1:8-21
A. Paul’s personal interest in Onesimus: 1:8-14
1. He was an unprofitable servant: 1:11
2. He is now a profitable believer: 1:11,13
B. Paul’s plea for Onesimus: 1:15-18
1. Forgive him for your sake: 1:15
2. Forgive him for his sake: 1:16
3. Forgive him for my sake: 1:17-18
C. The basis of his request: 1:19-20
D. Confidence in an answer: 1:21
III. Conclusion: 1:22-25
A. Paul’s proposed visit: 1:22
B. Greetings: 1:23-25