Understand that we should offer to others the same forgiveness God has offered us.
Forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against. Mark 11:25
Forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your
sins, too. Mark 11:25
The following is a summary of the Bible story to help you with your preparation.
Please do NOT read to the children. Instead, study your Bible, using this summary as
a guide, and make a note page to help you remember your plans for the lesson or
questions you want to ask.
What do you do when someone wrongs you? Do you say mean things or swear
to never speak to them again? (Give children a chance to answer - honestly.) Let’s see
what we can learn from the Bible about how we should act!
We are going to talk about two familiar places today. Who remembers what city
Paul was in when he was imprisoned? (Rome) And who remembers what city the Co-
lossians lived in? (Colossae) Well, there was a man in Colossae, named Philemon,
whom Paul told about Jesus - and who believed! Philemon had something in common
with Timothy and Titus, Paul’s other friends. Paul wrote a letter to Philemon and his
church, just as he did with Timothy and Titus, but Philemon’s church was in his house!
Many people think that Philemon might have been a rich man because his house was
large enough to meet in and because he had servants and slaves. One of Philemon’s
slaves, Onesimus, had run away and had probably taken some of Philemon’s money!
What is amazing, though, is that Onesimus was in Rome at the same time Paul was im-
prisoned there. Paul and Onesimus met somehow, and Paul shared the good news of
God with Onesimus just as he had with Onesimus’ master, Philemon. And just like Phi-
lemon, Onesimus believed! Onesimus believed in Jesus and began helping Paul. One-
simus was a huge help to Paul, but Paul knew that he was still Philemon’s slave, even if