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Philemon - February 23rd 2018

God’s Reconciling Power

Read Philemon 1-7

  1. Who does Paul address this letter to?
  2. How does Paul greet them?
  3. What does he do in his prayers?
    1. What does he rejoice in?
  4. Who are ‘all the saints’?
    1. What does he prayer for?
  5. Who in particular is he speaking to when he describes his prayer?


  1. What is modeled for us in Paul’s prayer in terms of our attitude towards other Christians?
  2. What does this teach us about the effects of our care towards fellow Christians?

Read Philemon 8-23

  1. Why does Paul appeal to Philemon, rather than command him (v8,9, 14)?
  2. What is the appeal he makes? What does he want Philemon to do?
  3. Why does there seem to be conflict between Philemon and Onesimus?
  4. How does Paul use his relationship with Philemon in this situation? What does he hope for from Philemon?
  5. Why do you think he mentions preparing a guest room?
  6. What does the grace of Christ (v3, 25) have to do with the message of the book itself?


  1. What can we learn about the sort of obedience the Lord wants from us from this passage?
  2. How does our relationship with Christ affect our relationships with other Christians?
    1. What did this look like in Philemon’s life?
    2. How could this look in your life?