These helpful guides in the Cover to Cover series are ideal for group and individual study. Experience the reality of Bible events like never before and live through the inspiring lives of key characters in Scripture. Learn how to apply God’s Word to your life as you explore seven compelling sessions and gain a new depth in your Bible knowledge.
Philemon: From slavery to freedom
A runaway slave, an imprisoned apostle, and a newly-converted slave owner: three of the main characters of this little-known letter of the Bible, written by Paul to his Christian friend, Philemon, over a seemingly insignificant domestic occurrence. Christopher Brearley shows us how the book of Philemon, with its message of love and reconciliation, still holds valuable lessons for us today. Through following the heart-warming story of the probably reconciliation between slave and master (now brothers in Christ), we learn the biblical answer to slavery, how to tackle social injustice and the way in which God can transform ordinary people like ourselves.
Icebreakers, Bible readings, eye openers, discussion starters, personal application make this a rich resource for group or individual study.
About the author
Christopher Brearley served as an elder at St John’s Wood Road Baptist Church, London for almost twenty years before retiring to York in March 2004. He has been preaching and teaching since 1976 and has travelled extensively both at home and abroad. He continues to be actively involved in an itinerant ministry and writing.