Wives & Husbands – Mutual (Ephesians 5:22-33)
Children & Fathers – Less mutual (Ephesians 6:1-4)
Bondservants & Masters – Least Mutual (Ephesians 6:5-9)
Our new identity in Christ changes our relationships, as we practice humility and submission in the same manner as Christ
What one thing spoke to your heart the most from the Word of God in these Scriptures?
Which one of the relational categories do you struggle most with? Why does Paul only cite these three categories? What might he be trying to communicate?
Read Ephesians 5:22-33. What does Paul mean when he asks women to ‘submit’ to their husbands? Why might this passage be difficult for some people? Why is it important to interpret these commands in light of a Christian household with active submission to Christ? Why do you think Paul places more stipulations on the husband’s role?
Read Ephesians 6:1-4. What is the difference in mutual submission between marriage and parent/child? What are the reasons Paul gives for children obeying and honoring? How can parents (fathers in this passage) set children up for success in this area?
Read Ephesians 6:5-9. Why does Paul use this example as an area of submission? Why is it important to submit to Christ, especially in situations that are not optimal? How do we know that Paul is not considering the cultural practice of slavery a beneficial thing?
Why is it important for Christians to affirm God’s design for marriage? What is the importance of Paul emphasizing God’s initiation of marriage covenant in Gen. 2:24 in his passage? How can a marriage ‘preach the gospel’? Why is submission to Christ vital in a healthy marriage?
Why is gentleness, discipline, and instruction important in Parent/child relationships?
What are unhealthy ways that society ‘exasperates’ children? How can we point our kids to the Gospel in the way we lead them?
How can we submit joyfully to Christ in challenging situations? What is the reason Paul addresses bondservants and masters? What is his ultimate warning to those in positions of authority? How can we joyfully submit without enabling others to abuse authority or power?
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