- An introduction (1:1–3),
- encouragement to Philemon (1:4–7),
- a request regarding the runaway slave Onesimus (1:8–16),
- a pledge to Philemon from Paul (1:17–22)
- and a brief conclusion (1:23–25).
(I listened to the book; I loved it when Paul said, “Get my room ready…I am coming to visit)
When you think about the letter’s purpose, don’t think of the people but think of God’s character. So what is the purpose of this book?