In the early years of the Church, there was a continuous effort to relate Christian faith to the daily lives experienced in the midst of the variety of cultures and customs where they were located. At the heart of this was their desire to fulfil the teaching of Christ and his lordship over their lives. Paul says that we should submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21) and he goes on to develop the application of this fundamental principle in 3 relationships: between husband and wives, children and parents, and between servants (slaves) and masters.

Reading: Ephesians 5:21-6:9

Questions to think about:

  • What is the foundation for Christian achieving right relationships with others?
  • What does Paul teach about harmonious relationships between husbands and wives, and between children and parents?
  • Are there modern examples of slavery, or perhaps of slave-like attitudes to vulnerable people? And how does our submission to Christ relate to our own employment and work?

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