Monday 30th September – Philemon 8-9

Philemon 8-9  …based on love (it’s important)

Onesimus is a fugitive in the eyes of the law, he has run away and stolen from his master Philemon and now he is being sent back by Paul.  Philemon has the legal right to do anything he wants to Onesimus and the deliberate breaking of the joints or bones was a common punishment inflicted on runaway slaves.

Read Philemon 8-9

How do you think Onesimus felt about Paul’s decision?

Why would Paul make this decision?  Read Philemon 4-7.

What is the basis for a Christian’s actions?

How do you live?  What drives your actions – think over the past 24hrs?  Is it an ought or a want?  A feeling of guilt or an overriding love? 

What would it feel like to live a life based on love?  

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Saturday 28th September – Philemon v8-16

Philemon v8-16

Read Philemon v8-16

What favour (literally good thing) is Paul asking Philemon to do?

By what means, or due to what motivation, does Paul want Philemon to do it?

What would be a wrong reason to do this favour?

What part of the prayer in v4-7 is Paul focused on here, even modelling here?

What motivates your good deeds?

Friday 27th September – Philemon v7

Philemon 4-7: Thank God and ask for more…

Read Philemon 1-7 and particularly v7.

Why does Paul thank God for Philemon?

When have you felt such joy and encouragement due to another Christian?

What has Philemon done that has lead to such joyful encouragement for Paul? And why did he do it?

What do you think having your heart refreshed would feel like, be like?

What does this tell us of Paul’s relationship to Philemon and the rest of God’s people?  How does Paul describe it?

So why does it matter to you how I act?  Or why should it?

Go on then – let’s ask our Father that we would have deep family affections for each other and rejoice.

Thursday 26th September – Philemon v6b

Philemon 4-7: Thank God and ask for more…

Read Philemon 1-7 and particularly v6 (a literal translation of v6b is below)

6bin us and for the sake of Christ.

How does Paul define more tightly the sphere of activity for this energetic fellowship?

So what particular people should you be talking to about Jesus (in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge)?

How does Paul define the purpose of this narrow focus of energy?

Why would such a narrow focus to this energetic fellowship be such a good thing?  Read Colossians 3v12-17.

Whose body are we?  What does he want his body to be like?

So what would a more energetic fellowship of faith look like at Trinity?

Go on then – remember our family before God and ask him to change our fellowship of faith so that it would be like that.

Wednesday 25th September – Philemon v6a

Philemon 4-7: Thank God and ask for more…

Read Philemon 1-7 and particularly v6 (below is a more literal translation)

6a in order that the fellowship of your faith might be energetic in the knowledge of all good things,

Why is it described as the fellowship of your faith?

How else has this fellowship been described in vs5?  What does it look like in Trinity?  In you?

What do you think a tired fellowship would like compared to an energetic one?

Where is this energy to come from?

This energy is to have a sphere of activity, what is it?  Read Colossians 1v27-2:5 and then 3v12-17.

What would such energetic fellowship in this way look like at Trinity?

Go on then – remember people before God and ask him that they would be energetic like this.

 

Tuesday 24th September – Philemon v5

Philemon 4-7: Thank God and ask for more…

Read Philemon 1-7 and particularly v5

Why are these the two characteristics of a Christian?

So what are the two relationships at the heart of the Christian faith?

What might Paul have heard about Philemon’s faith?  What about Jesus’ faith in God the Father – what have you heard?

What might Paul have heard about Philemon’s love?  What about Jesus’ love for all the saints – what you have heard?

Why in this letter does Paul put love first (normally it is faith and then love that he gives thanks for)?

What have you heard or seen of the love and faith among God’s family at Trinity?

Go on then – give thanks to God for those people who have shown that love and faith, remember it is all a gift from Him.

Monday 23rd September – Philemon v4

Philemon v4-7: Thank God and ask for more… 

Read Philemon v1-7 and particularly v4.  

Why does Paul not thank Philemon?

Why tell Philemon that he is thanking God for him?

How would you feel if somebody said they have been remembering you before God in their prayers?

How does it change where you are placing your confidence?

How does it change the way you think about yourself and others at church?

Go on then – remember some people in our family before God and give Him great thanks for them.