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Philemon Chapter 1:1-3

Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker, and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house.

Philemon 1:1-3
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Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker
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and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  1. Who was Paul a prisoner of?
    Philemon 1:1
    Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker
  2. Who was Philemon to Paul?
    Philemon 1:1
    Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker
  3. Who else was this letter to?
    Philemon 1:2
    and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
  4. What was in the house of Archippus?
    Philemon 1:2
    and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
  5. How does Paul greet them?
    Philemon 1:3
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon Chapter 1:4-7

For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

Philemon 1:4-7
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I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,
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because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,
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and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.
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For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
  1. What had Paul heard that he thanked God for?
    Philemon 1:4-6
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    I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,
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    because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,
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    and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.
  2. What did Paul have because of their love?
    Philemon 1:7
    For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
  3. What had Philemon done for the hearts of the saints?
    Philemon 1:7
    For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

Philemon Chapter 1:8-11

I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.

Philemon 1:8-11
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Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required,
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yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—
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I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.
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(Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)
  1. What could Paul have been bold to do?
    Philemon 1:8
    Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required,
  2. Why did he appeal to Philemon instead of commanding him?
    Philemon 1:9
    yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—
  3. Who did Paul appeal to Philemon for?
    Philemon 1:10
    I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.
  4. When had Onesimus been begotten (born again)?
    Philemon 1:10
    I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.
  5. What had Onesimus been for Philemon at one time?
    Philemon 1:11
    (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)
  6. What had he become to Paul?
    Philemon 1:11
    (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)

Philemon Chapter 1:12-14

I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel.

Philemon 1:12-14
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I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.
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I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel,
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but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.
  1. What was Paul going to do with Onesimus?
    Philemon 1:12
    I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.
  2. How was Paul asking Philemon to receive him?
    Philemon 1:12
    I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.
  3. What did Paul wish to do with Onesimus?
    Philemon 1:13
    I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel,
  4. Why did he want Onesimus to be with him?
    Philemon 1:13
    I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel,
  5. Why did Paul want Philemon's' consent?
    Philemon 1:14
    but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.
  6. How did he want Philemon to do this good deed?
    Philemon 1:14
    but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.

Philemon Chapter 1:15-16

For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother.

Philemon 1:15-16
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For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,
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no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
  1. Although he had departed for a while, how long might Philemon receive Onesimus back for?
    Philemon 1:15
    For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,
  2. Instead of receiving him being a slave, how might he be received back?
    Philemon 1:16
    no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
  3. Who would benefit by this?
    Philemon 1:16
    no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

Philemon Chapter 1:17-20

So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me.

Philemon 1:17-20
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So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me.
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If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
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I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.
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Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
  1. How did Paul appeal to Philemon?
    Philemon 1:17
    So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me.
  2. If Onesimus had wronged Philemon or owed him anything, what was Paul willing to do?
    Philemon 1:18-19
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    If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
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    I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.
  3. What did Paul remind Philemon that he owed Paul?
    Philemon 1:18-19
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    If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
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    I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.
  4. What did Paul ask Philemon to let him have?
    Philemon 1:20
    Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

Philemon Chapter 1:21-22

Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

Philemon 1:21-22
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Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
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At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you.
  1. What confidence did Paul have that Philemon would do?
    Philemon 1:21
    Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
  2. What else did Paul ask him to do?
    Philemon 1:22
    At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you.

Philemon Chapter 1:23-25

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.

Philemon 1:23-25
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Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,
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and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
  1. Who sent their greetings?
    Philemon 1:23-24
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    Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,
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    and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
  2. How did Paul close this letter?
    Philemon 1:25
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.