1. Share an example of a time when someone made an appeal to you based on love (vs.8). How did that appeal influence your faith? What other types of appeals might we be tempted to make? What impact do they have? 2. What has happened to Onesimus to transform him from being “useless to useful”? What examples can you think of from your life? 3. What challenges from others might Philemon face if he accepts Onesimus back? 4. Paul indicates that God had a bigger purpose in Onesimus “being separated” (or ‘running away’) (v. 15). What was that bigger purpose? 5. Share situations you have faced where you have learned to see a bigger purpose of God at work than you first imagined.