Philemon 1-25

Over the last two weeks we unpacked the themes of reconciliation and slavery from this short letter. This week we are looking at how Paul seeks to influence Philemon. Instead of playing the authority card and seeking to dominate and control Philemon, he seeks to inform, influence and bring Philemon to agree with him about Onesimus. Paul shows us how the cross is not only our message, but also shapes our methods of influence and communication.