Work and Slavery

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Colossians 4:7-9

7 As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. 8 For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts; 9 [a]and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.

Discussion Questions

September 2nd  ,2018


1. In verse 7 Tychicus is referred to as “beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow-bondslave in the Lord.” Could the same be said of you? What would these characteristics look like in our time: beloved brother, faithful servant, fellow-bondslave?

2. Verses 7 and 8 show that the Apostle Paul’s purpose in sending Tychicus was to bring the Colossian church information about Paul and his companions and to provide encouragement to the hearts of the Colossians. When have you seen a similar providing of information and encouragement from missionaries or Christian leaders in our time? Think specifically. To whom are you to be an encourager today?

3. [For this question, read the Book of Philemon (only one chapter of 25 verses)]. In Colossians 4:9 the Apostle Paul is referring to Onesimus, a runaway slave of a member of the Colossian church named Philemon. Onesimus has found Paul (likely in Rome) and has become a Christian. Paul writes to Philemon, in the Book of Philemon, that he is to welcome Onesimus back "no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother." Philemon 16. What do these Bible passages teach us about slavery? Taken as a whole, what do these verses teach about the social change brought about by Christianity? What social issues of our day could be viewed similarly? What does verse 9 and the Book of Philemon have to say about our employer-employee relationships?