Date: June 6, 2017

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Eph. 5:21 & Gal. 5:14 – “@$#%! One Another”
Sun. June 4th 2017 - Pastor Stephan
Sermon Outline
I. God’s Creation Design for Human Relationships included Authority and Submission (Eph. 5:21-6:1).
Authority: the humble, loving exercise of God-given responsibility to bring Christ-like servant-leadership, protection, and provision in an area into which God established someone
Submission: the God-given responsibility to honor and affirm the God-established authority and leadership in a particular area with willing assistance
A. Submission to one another does not rule out God-given hierarchical authority (vs. 21a).
Humility: to acknowledge one’s correct position in regard to God, others and him/herself
B. Humility is the primary virtue of those who understand who they are in Christ (21b).
C. Submission and humility foster freedom, bring joy, and provide the path to holiness.
II. The Outworking of Submitting to one Another is Service to One Another (Gal. 5:13-15).
Questions for Study and Reflection
1. Think of some topics, words or concepts that you believe are unpopular in today’s culture. What are these? What makes them unpopular? Why are the words defined above so unpopular today?
2. What immediately comes to your mind when you hear the words defined above? What are the antonyms of these three words? Where in the Bible do we see the impact of these characteristics operative? Hint: Start by looking at Gen. 2. Where in the church and the broader culture today do we see these characteristics operating?
3. Read Eph. 5:21-6:1. What does vs. 21 mean, especially in light of the subsequent verses? Is there any conflict here?
4. How do you define the words defined above? Review the definitions. In these definitions, what works for you? What does not?
5. Discuss examples of submission in Scripture, e.g. Jesus to His parents, demons to Jesus and His disciples, citizens in regards to government and authorities, the Son to the Father, etc. What picture is being painted for us here?
6. How do we as believers begin to get to a better understanding of the Lord’s call upon us in these matters? Why do we struggle with these things at home or in the church? What is required for us to better represent the heart of Christ in these matters?
7. Compare Paul’s words here in Eph. 5 to Jesus’ words in Matt 5:3-5 and Peter’s words in 1 Pet. 5:1-7. What are the similarities? What are the blessings that one might expect if the words are heeded and practiced? What possible difficulties may be avoided in the church, marriages, families and even the broader culture if these words were practiced?
8. Dis cuss point II above. Do you see this as a duty, or something driven by guilt, fear or manipulation?
9. Are the characteristics that these words describe still applicable in today’s church? Are they applicable to the human race? Why or why not? To what extent are the characteristics of to be practiced today? Why or why not? How could they be made to work in the broader church context? Ask the Lord how you are doing in these areas, and ask Him if these characteristics of Jesus need to be awakened in your life?