Small Books – Philemon

As Christ has reconciled us to God, so believers are to be reconciled to one another. In part 1 of Small Books with Big Messages, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Philemon 1-25.

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Study Notes


The New Testament books of Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Jude may be small in terms of how many verses they contain, but their messages are big.  These little books contain powerful messages about such things as reconciliation, obedience, mutual care, integrity and perseverance and need to be heard today just as much as when they were first written nearly two thousand years ago.

A Brief Introduction to Philemon

Author: The Apostle Paul

Date: Around AD 62

Recipient: Philemon

Purpose: To ask Philemon to forgive and reconcile with Onesimus

Some context first…

The Elephant in the Room: Slavery in the Roman Empire and the Christian Faith

Understanding the Text

  • Greeting (vv. 1-3)
  • Love and Faith (vv. 4-7)
  • Appeal for Onesimus (vv. 8-22)
  • Final Greetings (vv. 23-25)

An Illustration of Redemption

An Example of Reconciliation

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Blessed are the Peacemakers…

Applying the Text

  • Are you a peacemaker?