Free PDF Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons (Electives Series ), by Jerry Vines, James L. Shaddix. When visiting take the experience or ideas kinds. Your message was sent successfully! Due to the heavy volume of messages we get: if our reply was late, you didn't recieve it, or you The occasion of the letter was that Onesimus, a slave of Philemon, had run away from him to Rome, either desiring liberty or, as some suppose, having committed theft. Evidently Philemon had a young brother whose name was Onesimus. Some way or another, we do not know how, Onesimus got into trouble -- maybe he was a gambling man -- and became the slave of his own brother, Philemon. In those days, if a man got into trouble, he could get somebody to redeem him by selling himself to that person as a slave.