Titus was a letter written by Paul to his co-worker Titus telling
him how to order the church in Crete. It was apparently sent
about the same time as 1 Timothy. Philemon is a more personal
letter, sent by Paul to a slave-owner by the hands of a run-away
slave, Onesimus, who was returning to his Christian owner after
becoming a Christian himself. The letter was sent at the same
time as Colossians.
The books are short and the chapters are short within them. Read
the whole books of Titus and Philemon, especially noting the
1:5--fix what is wrong & appoint elders in every town
1:6-9--qualification of elders/bishops
1:15-16--to pure all things are pure
2:11-14--the teaching of grace
3:4-7--salvation by God's grace
3:9-11--avoid quarrels and factious people
In reading Philemon, note that the name Onesimus means "useful"
or "beneficial." Watch for the play on words.
There are no chapter divisions in this short book, so references
are given using verses only.
11--once useless, now useful
13-14--Philemon act out of free will
15-16--ultimate reason for his running away
19-20--Paul will pay what he owes
20--some benefit from Philemon