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Philemon 1 - NIV

1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker—

2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:

3 Grace and peace to you[a] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,

5 because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus.

6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.

7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Paul’s Plea for Onesimus

8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,

9 yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus—

10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,[b] who became my son while I was in chains.

11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you.

13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel.

14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary.

15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever—

16 no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.

19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self.

20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

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

22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.

24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.

25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


a. Philemon 1:3 The Greek is plural; also in verses 22 and 25; elsewhere in this letter “you” is singular.
b. Philemon 1:10 Onesimus means useful.

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Christopher Holdsworth avatar
Called to Freedom
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Dec, 2016
Summary: If the Son shall make us free, we shall be free indeed.
Shine Thomas avatar
Forgiveness – Restoring Relationships! Philemon 1-4
Shared by: Shine Thomas on Nov, 2016
Summary: A sermon on forgiveness of God. Examples of forgiveness from the Bible. Introduction to Philemon, a letter on forgiveness.
Series: Philemon
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Preparing for the Coming of Christ
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Nov, 2016
Summary: An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world
Scripture: Philemon 1:7-20
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 60
Kerry Haynes avatar
Restoring Relationships
Shared by: Kerry Haynes on Sep, 2016
Summary: Paul's letter to Philemon gives us solid timeless principles in restoring broken relationships. As Paul paid for Onesimus' sin, so Christ pays for ours, thus restoring us to God. Because we have been forgiven much, we need to forgive others.
Gerald Roberts avatar
"Full Of Use"
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Sep, 2016
Summary: The word Onesimus means "useful" and that is what we become when we are repaired, when we forgive, when we do not give up, and when we encounter the Gospel.
Scripture: Philemon 1:4-11
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 211
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Motivation of One Who Forgives
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Aug, 2016
Summary: In this lesson we examine the motivation of one who forgives.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Philemon 1:19-25
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 923
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Actions of One Who Forgives
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Aug, 2016
Summary: In today's sermon we examine the actions of one who forgives.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Philemon 1:8-18
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,050
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Character of One Who Forgives
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Aug, 2016
Summary: In today's sermon I want to examine the character of one who forgives.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Philemon 1:4-7
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 998
Freddy Fritz avatar
Introduction to Philemon
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Jul, 2016
Summary: This sermon is an introduction to Paul's letter to Philemon.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-3
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 722
Mike Dankson avatar
The Business of Forgiveness
Shared by: Mike Dankson on Feb, 2016
Summary: This sermon explores Paul's personal appeal to Philemon to forgive his run-away slave, Onesimus
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-21
Denomination: *other
Views: 229
Tim Smith avatar
The Hardest Thing
Shared by: Tim Smith on Feb, 2016
Summary: What do you as a follower of Jesus Christ when someone close to you has hurt you?
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-25
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 382
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
The Ledger / Charge That To My Account
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Dec, 2015
Summary: Beloved, Martin Luther saw the power of this short letter (Philemon) in his statement: "We are all his Onesimi if we really believe it."
GUY GLASS avatar
Forgiveness, Part 1
Shared by: GUY GLASS on Aug, 2015
Summary: This messages looks at the pitfalls of not forgiveing and the character of someone who forgives
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 464
Bruce Lee avatar
Persuade Someone
Shared by: Bruce Lee on Aug, 2015
Summary: The goal of this sermon is that everyone will become active in sharing the faith.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Philemon 1:6
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 2,852
Anthony Zibolski avatar
Forgive like Philemon
Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Jun, 2015
Summary: Forgiving is easy to tell someone else but very hard for each one of us. Forgiving takes the power out of the hands of the offender and allows God to provide healing to you.
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-21
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 629
Chris Appleby avatar
Freedom for the Captives
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Feb, 2015
Summary: Paul's whole plea to Philemon is to act the way the loving Father acted: to welcome home the beloved son; to restore him to fellowship with the family. There will be, and have been, occasions when we'll be called to respond to wrongdoers the same way.
Series: Philemon
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-25
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 1,410
Derrick Tuper avatar
How To influence Someone To Do The right Thing
Shared by: Derrick Tuper on Jan, 2015
Summary: Paul was good at knowing how to talk to people. He was wise in how he chose his words. The letter he wrote to his friend Philemon is a great example of that. Let’s take a look at how Paul sought to influence his friend to do the right thing.
Caleb Onwuka avatar
Shared by: Caleb Onwuka on Nov, 2014
Summary: How to make your faith effective; so that you won't be caught in the trap of unbelief. Your life can be full of the living experiences of God's Word. The scriptures will no longer become a story but a living testimony when you master the act of faith.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Philemon 1:6
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,896
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Useless or Useful?
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Nov, 2014
Summary: Mercy is the greatest of the virtues in the external manifestation.
Scripture: Philemon 1:7-20
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 676
Drake Caudill avatar
A Letter to Philemon: A Plea for Grace
Shared by: Drake Caudill on Oct, 2014
Summary: A plea for forgiveness to Philemon and to the church today.
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-28
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 673
bala samson avatar
Shared by: bala samson on Sep, 2014
Summary: You sure got to hear this message, so as to gauge the growth of your spiritual life according to His Word!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Philemon 1:1
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,355
Paul Clemente avatar
Growing Godly Relationships
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jul, 2014
Summary: We need to grow our godly relationships with other Christians.
Series: Philemon
Scripture: Philemon 1:22-24
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 854
Paul Clemente avatar
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jul, 2014
Summary: Why reconcile as Christians?
Series: Philemon
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-22
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,878
Paul Clemente avatar
Be An Active Witness
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jul, 2014
Summary: Christians are to actively profess to be Christians!
Series: Philemon
Scripture: Philemon 1:3-7
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 300
Paul Clemente avatar
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jul, 2014
Summary: What are we as Christians and how are we to relate to one another?
Series: Philemon
Scripture: Philemon 1:1-4
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 311
Jeff Riedel avatar
Runaway Slave
Shared by: Jeff Riedel on Jun, 2014
Summary: This sermon is designed to inspire the reader to include others into our fellowship, regardless of what they once were. We must break down the walls that divide us and have a heart of "inclusion" with everyone we meet.
bala samson avatar
Useless before uselful NOW
Shared by: bala samson on Dec, 2013
Summary: There are droves of Christians getting prepared to bake their cakes and eat all of them or maximum give to their close friends, uncles, aunties and grandmas…… I’m talking about sharing not from your abundance but from your suffering.
Scripture: Philemon 1:11
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 747
William R. Nabaza avatar
I will pay it back
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Sep, 2013
Summary: To enumerate the ways GOD had saved us.
Scripture: Philemon 1:19
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 355
William R. Nabaza avatar
Paul's future meetup with Philemon
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Sep, 2013
Summary: To enumerate what we do here on earth while waiting for our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Scripture: Philemon 1:22
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 392