The first nine verses of Ephesians 6 continue Paul’s practical instructions concerning submission and authority. Paul addresses those who are in authority and those who are under authority. As followers of Christ our entire lives are under His gracious authority and rule, because we have been bought by His precious blood. (1 Cor. 6:19- 20) All our relationships and occupations and hobbies belong to His rule. Our response is to honour our Master within all these aspects of our lives.
Please read Eph. 6:1-4
- Paul has moved from the reciprocal duties of husbands and wives to those of parents and children. After reading Eph. 6:1-4 outline the commands that are given to children and to fathers.
- What is the difference between obedience and respect/honour? What are some practical ways you can honour your parents throughout your entire life?
- What are some of the ways that parents can exasperate or provoke their children to anger? How do you avoid exasperating your children?
- What does it mean to bring your children up in the way’s of the Lord? (use examples from the letter to Ephesus)
Please read Eph. 6:5-9
- Within the Roman culture salves were treated in a way that was totally dependent upon the owner. Stories abound of immense cruelty along with kindness shown to slaves. As you read this section of Scripture what commands are given to slaves and what are given to their maters?
- What should be the motivation behind the slaves’ response to their masters?
- In this society of slavery what do Christian masters and slaves have in common?
- What implications does this passage have concerning how employers should relate and treat employees? How as Christians should we regard our work?
Memory Verse – Eph. 6:10-13.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
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