by: Cindy Rolenc
Having given detailed instruction to the Ephesian believeres on what it means to be one in Christ, now Paul focuses on three crucial relationships that will test his readers' understanding of the concepts he has set before them. This passage contains the word "submit" which is often off putting to many people. The word "submit" means to accept or yield to a superior force. When has God put up a yield sign in your life?
Reread Ephesians 5:21-6:9
Questions to Ponder:
1. Is the term "submit" an absolutely negative term for you? When might it be positive?
2. What are some practical ways you could submit to other Christians?
3. Paul notes that as Christ and the church are one, so should a husband and wife be one. What conclusion does Paul draw about husbands who love their wives? (see verses 28-29)?
4. Christians are the members of Christ's body - a truth that must govern all relationships. What implications does this carry for a Christian marriage (see verses 30-33)?
5. What motivation, goals and hope do believers have when we care for children? How are they different from those of non-Christians?
6. Why would it be difficult to honor and obey one's parents in some situations? Describe a hypothetical or actual situation to illustrate your point.
7. How might you teach your children or grandchildren the basic doctrines of the faith? Are you doing this?
8. In what ways do Paul's instructions to slaves (to work with integrity whether the master is watching or not) apply to employees?
9. Obedience to Christ is the standard by which we measure our dedication to our work. Why must our work as believers be held to such a high standard (see verse 7)?
10. How was Jesus the obedient Servant and the best master?