READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: PHILEMON
The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.
When you see a word marked like *this, you will find the word explained in a Word List. You will find the list at the end of this article.
Here are a few words to help you to read the New Testament book of Philemon. Philemon is one of the books that Paul wrote. Paul was a leader in the early *church. He wrote many letters to help encourage the people of God. Paul wrote more letters than any other of the New Testament writers. The New Testament includes thirteen of those letters.
After you read what Philemon is about, you will find some verses to read. These verses will help you understand how Paul wrote and what was important to him.
Philemon was the owner of a slave named Onesimus. Onesimus had run away. But while away, he met Paul. Paul helped him to believe in Jesus. In this small letter, Paul writes to this slave owner. Paul wanted Philemon to forgive his slave. He wanted him to accept him as a brother in Christ. Paul and Philemon were good friends. So, Paul believed that Philemon would do what he asked.
Verses to Get You Started
Paul prays and gives thanks.
Paul asks Philemon to show kindness.
Church: A group of people who follow and believe in Jesus Christ. A meeting of those who believe in Jesus Christ.