IT TAKES HUMILITY TO LIVE OUT OUR ROLES IN THE HOME SPHERE
When we go outside of God’s architectural plan for relationship, it gets messy.
-But God loves and favors a heart of humility and He opposes pride.
Philippians 2:3-8 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very natureGod, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
ROLES IN THE HOME
Every follower of Christ has a Spiritual family, even if their biological family is lacking. CONTEXT OF EPHESIANS-The view of women in that culture was radically different then what God is showing us in Ephesians. The women had no value in that culture and they were often compared to as the same stature as a slave would be in that time.
Ephesians 5:21-27 NIV
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3 If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”
We do what we do because of what Jesus has done for us.
-Jesus is a model of what each of our roles looks like.
HUSBANDS: Christ modeled how to be a husband with his relationship with the church.
WIVES: A wife respects as Jesus respected the father.
CHILDREN: Jesus modeled how to act as a child when he was with his father.
Deuteronomy 6:4-8 ESV
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
HOW HAVE YOU SEEN SUBMISSION MODELED IN THE HOME?
It looks like praying with your wife and your children.
It looks like listening instead of trying to fix everything.
It means you seek wise counsel together on decisions in the home.
It means serving your family not dictating your family.
It looks like having a submissive heart, but it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a voice.
It looks like honoring his role and coming under that Authority so that he can lead the family closer to Christ.
LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS
For discussion with your small group, family and friends.
Ice Breaker suggestion: When did you get your first traffic ticket? Share the details.☺
Passages: Philippians 2:3,4; Ephesians 5:1,2 & 21; Ephesians 5:22-30 & Ephesians 6:1-4; Psalm 68:4-6
Questions to discuss: