Reading Paul, Hearing Jesus (GEPC)
Husbands, wives, children and slaves all get some practical words from Paul about how to live as followers of Jesus. Submit, love, obey, serve. Sounds like what Jesus did for us.
Monday, May 26
Read Ephesians 5:22-33 What is it about the relationship between Christ and his church that informs us about the marital relationship? How do people use this passage for their own gain? Why is it so important that we understand this passage properly?
Tuesday, May 27
Read Ephesians 6:1-9 What is the proper relationship between parents and children? Why is that so important? Does Paul endorse slavery by including instructions for the proper relationship between slaves and masters? If not, how can we apply this today?
Wednesday, May 28
After reviewing Ephesians 5:22-6:9, read Genesis 3. While the ultimate consequences of sin are the same for men and women, some are different. What roles to do we see between men and women embedded in these consequences? What happens when we tamper too much with these roles?
Thursday, May 29
After reviewing Ephesians 5:22-6:9, read Matthew 19:1-12. The Pharisees were trying to use a “loophole” in the law to get their way, and trap Jesus in the process. How does Jesus transcend their argument? How can we avoid such sin in our relationships?
Friday, May 30
After reviewing Ephesians 5:22-6:9, read Proverbs 2. This passage combines both the relationship between parent and child with warnings about temptation. Are we so frank with our children about the pitfalls of life? How much sheltering is too much… or not enough?
Saturday, May 31
After reviewing Ephesians 5:22-6:9, read 1 Peter 2:13-25. Peter seems to mix being servants of God with submission to authority. How do we “live as people who are free” when Jesus calls to be servants?
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