Sermon Discussion Questions

For Sermon Preached on November 22, 2020

  1. Read Philemon 17-25. What is the main point of this passage of Scripture?

  2. How are we all like Onesimus, with a debt that we owe, and someone standing in to pay that debt? What is the debt that you owe? Who has paid that debt?

  3. Do you feel like someone owes you a debt? Has someone sinned against you or offended you in some way that you feel they owe you something? How hard do you think it was for Philemon to release Onesimus from his debt?

  4. Look at v. 21. Paul was confident of Philemon’s obedience. How does this relate to 1 Corinthians 13:7, where Paul says that love “hopes all things.” Are you generally optimistic and hopeful about your brothers and sisters in Christ and their sanctification, or are you more pessimistic and doubtful? Explain.

  5. Read v. 20. Is it wrong to look to receive benefit from each other in the Lord? Is it loving? How do you currently look to receive benefit from others in the Lord?

  6. How do vv. 22-24 show Paul’s willingness to grant Philemon accountability? How willing are you to grant other people accountability in the church? How do you currently do this? How willing are you to be held accountable? Is it uncomfortable for you to be held accountable? Why or why not?

  7. Is accountability and ministry to each other enough? Where does v. 25 fit in? How, in our discipleship and encouragement of one another, are we all like children spending our parents money on presents for others?

  8. How is God calling you to respond to this message from Philemon 17-25?

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