God’s Reconciling Power
Read Philemon 1-7
- Who does Paul address this letter to?
- How does Paul greet them?
- What does he do in his prayers?
- What does he rejoice in?
- Who are ‘all the saints’?
- What does he prayer for?
- Who in particular is he speaking to when he describes his prayer?
- What is modeled for us in Paul’s prayer in terms of our attitude towards other Christians?
- What does this teach us about the effects of our care towards fellow Christians?
Read Philemon 8-23
- Why does Paul appeal to Philemon, rather than command him (v8,9, 14)?
- What is the appeal he makes? What does he want Philemon to do?
- Why does there seem to be conflict between Philemon and Onesimus?
- How does Paul use his relationship with Philemon in this situation? What does he hope for from Philemon?
- Why do you think he mentions preparing a guest room?
- What does the grace of Christ (v3, 25) have to do with the message of the book itself?
- What can we learn about the sort of obedience the Lord wants from us from this passage?
- How does our relationship with Christ affect our relationships with other Christians?
- What did this look like in Philemon’s life?
- How could this look in your life?