It’s a short note–only 350 words or so as Paul wrote it. It provides no doctrinal insight the way most of Paul’s letters do. Paul identifies himself in a unique way as this short epistle begins. The reason for the letter is also unique–he’s writing about a run-away slave named Onesimus. So just what are we to make of the short Epistle to Philemon?
In this one-evening intensive we will wrestle with what Paul wanted Philemon (and others who read the letter) to understand. Most importantly for us, we’ll come to see why Luther was driven to say that we are all “the Lord’s Onesimuses” and why the way Paul writes this little letter has value to us in understanding how the Gospel is lived out.
One attendee to this intensive commented: “Wow. What a treat this study was! I had seriously overlooked this book, barely remembering it was there. Since the class, in the past couple of days, this book has been at the forefront of my thoughts. Suddenly it’s the ‘little book that could!’ Truth has come home to my heart through Philemon.”Register Now