Hope Community Church
REFUEL Mid-Week Bible Study (November 7th, 2018)
A casual, topical bible study to help "fill up your tank" in the middle of the week. Come as you are and dig deeper into the Word! • Hope's Coffee Café - coffee/tea bar in the foyer from 6:30-6:55 PM • Child Care (ages 6wks-5yrs) & Kids "Mid-Week Mania" (grades K-5th) provided
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  • Hope Community Church
    1240 Jay St, Waterford Twp, MI 48327, USA
    Wednesday 7:00 PM
Week 1:
“Introduction to Philemon”
1. The Author
The Author is without a doubt the Apostle Paul, who is credited with writing at least 13 of the 21 New Testament Epistles.
2. The Book
An Epistle is a letter that is personal in nature and typically contains two important parts:
• Theology or Doctrine, which is the study of God and His plans.
2. The Book
An Epistle is a letter that is personal in nature and typically contains two important parts:
• Theology or Doctrine, which is the study of God and His plans.
• Practice, which addresses how we are to live our lives.
3. The Method of Delivery
• This epistle, along with Colossians, was hand delivered to its recipients by Tychicus and Onesimus.
3. The Method of Delivery
• This epistle, along with Colossians, was hand delivered to its recipients by Tychicus and Onesimus.
• Tychicus was obviously someone Paul trusted and relied on.
4. The Key Players
• Philemon was a wealthy slave owner. Paul probably led Him to faith in Christ, but for sure he mentored him.
4. The Key Players
• Philemon was a wealthy slave owner. Paul probably led Him to faith in Christ, but for sure he mentored him.
• Onesimus was a young slave, who apparently took something from Philemon.
4. The Key Players
• Philemon was a wealthy slave owner. Paul probably led Him to faith in Christ, but for sure he mentored him.
• Onesimus was a young slave, who apparently took something from Philemon.
• Paul, the author was a friend to both and desired to see them resolve their differences.
5. The Language of the Letter
Paul uses several words that reveal his heart and the unique relationship that exists between all believers in Christ.
Key words used include:
Grace
• A powerful definition = Christ crushed for us.
5. The Language of the Letter
Paul uses several words that reveal his heart and the unique relationship that exists between all believers in Christ.
Key words used include:
Grace
• A powerful definition = Christ crushed for us.
Peace
• Religion offers a truce, but only Christianity offers a full pardon!
5. The Language of the Letter
Paul uses several words that reveal his heart and the unique relationship that exists between all believers in Christ.
Key words used include:
Grace
• A powerful definition = Christ crushed for us.
Peace
• Religion offers a truce, but only Christianity offers a full pardon!
Jesus Christ
• All world religions have teachers or guides, Christianity has a Savior!
Philemon 1:1, 3, 6, 9, 25 NKJV

5. The Language of the Letter
Paul uses several words that reveal his heart and the unique relationship that exists between all believers in Christ.
Key words used include:
Grace
• A powerful definition = Christ crushed for us.
Peace
• Religion offers a truce, but only Christianity offers a full pardon!
Jesus Christ
• All world religions have teachers or guides, Christianity has a Savior!
God our Father
• Unlike religions of the world, we have a personal God!
In Conclusion:
Religions claim we can work and become accepted by God. In Christianity, we cannot even get through the door without admitting our bankrupt moral state!