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Overview Outline of Philemon

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Flow from a Transformed Life of Love, Faith and Obedience

  1. Personal introduction: An epistle seeking true forgiveness and restoration between individuals (Phm 1:1-3)
    1. The writer (Phm 1:1a)
    2. The recipients (Phm 1:1b-2)
    3. The reasons (see The Aim in the Introductory Outline)
    4. The requisite greeting (Phm 1:3)
  2. Praise, prayer and encouragement for one who could be counted on to forgive and restore another (Phm 1:4-7)
    1. Paul thanked God for Philemon’s transformed character (Phm 1:4-5)
    2. Paul prayed for Philemon’s further growth in Christ (Phm 1:6)
    3. Paul testified that Philemon’s active love for the saints had been a joy and comfort to him (Phm 1:7)
  3. Principles gleaned from Paul’s appeal to forgive and restore (Phm 1:8-21)
    1. Forgiveness and restoration should be seen as an issue of obedience, yet freely given (Phm 1:8-14)
    2. Forgiveness and restoration should be seen in the light of the sovereignty of God (Phm 1:15-16)
    3. Forgiveness and restoration should take into account the benefit to the work of the ministry and the glory of Christ (Phm 1:17, 20)
    4. Forgiveness and restoration should be seen in the light of the greater debt God has forgiven (Phm 1:18-19)
    5. Forgiveness and restoration should go beyond the minimum requirement, and overflow in abundance (Phm 1:17, 20-21)
  4. Preparations and personal greetings (Phm 1:22-25)
    1. Preparation and prayer requested (Phm 1:22)
    2. Personal greetings (Phm 1:23-24)
    3. Prayer for all involved (Phm 1:25)
Conclusion [An Itinerary and Prayer That Adorns the Doctrine of God as Savior by Emphasizing Good Works Based on Grace] (Tit 3:12-15) ← Prior Section
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