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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 following verses in the books:
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