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  1. How does the command for children to obey their parents in Ephesians 6:1 connect with the broader theme of honoring authority throughout this passage? How does this principle apply in different stages of life, from childhood to adulthood? (Related passages: Colossians 3:20, Exodus 20:12)
  2. In verse 4, fathers are instructed not to provoke their children to anger but to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. What are some practical ways parents can accomplish this balance of discipline and nurturing in today’s culture? (Related passages: Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
  3. Verse 5 commands slaves to obey their earthly masters with fear and trembling, as they would Christ. How does this command challenge our modern understanding of authority and obedience? How can we apply this principle in our workplace relationships? (Related passages: Colossians 3:22-25, 1 Peter 2:18-19)
  4. Considering verse 6, which speaks to the sincerity of service rendered to masters, how can we maintain integrity and diligence in our work, even when our earthly employers may not be watching? (Related passages: Colossians 3:23-24, Proverbs 10:9)
  5. Verse 7 encourages slaves to serve with goodwill, as to the Lord and not to man. How does this mindset shift our perspective on our work and responsibilities, regardless of our job title or position? (Related passages: Colossians 3:17, Matthew 25:14-30)
  6. How does Paul’s exhortation to masters in verse 9 challenge the prevailing cultural norms of his time? What principles can modern employers glean from this passage regarding their treatment of employees? (Related passages: Colossians 4:1, James 5:4)
  7. Reflecting on the broader context of Ephesians, how does this passage on relationships and authority fit into the overarching theme of unity in the body of Christ? How can understanding and practicing these principles contribute to the unity of the church? (Related passages: Ephesians 4:1-6, Philippians 2:1-4)
  8. In what ways does the concept of submission, as discussed in verses 1-9, align with Jesus’ own example of submission to the will of the Father? How does understanding Christ’s submission inform our attitudes toward authority and obedience? (Related passages: Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 5:8)
  9. How do you personally wrestle with the tension between submitting to earthly authorities and remaining faithful to God’s commands, especially in situations where the two may conflict? How can we navigate this tension with wisdom and discernment? (Related passages: Acts 5:29, Romans 13:1-7)
  10. How does the Gospel empower us to live out the principles of mutual submission, respect, and service outlined in Ephesians 6:1-9? How does our understanding of God’s grace and love transform our relationships with others, both inside and outside the church? (Related passages: Ephesians 2:8-10, Galatians 5:13-14)

Loving God – Loving People

How does living out the principles of mutual submission and respect in our relationships contribute to the fulfillment of Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves?

Preaching the Word

How does Ephesians 6:1-9 challenge us to integrate biblical principles into our preaching and teaching ministries, particularly regarding topics such as obedience, honor, and mutual submission?

Making Disciples

How can we model the principles of servant leadership and sacrificial love found in Ephesians 6:1-9 as we disciple others and help them grow in their walk with Christ?

Policy or Civic Involvement based upon Ephesians 6:1-9

In what practical ways can we seek to influence policy-making processes and promote positive change in our communities, recognizing our responsibility as citizens and stewards of God’s creation (Genesis 1:26-28)? How might the principles of servant leadership and sacrificial love found in Ephesians 6:1-9 inform our advocacy efforts?

Tracing Christ through the Bible in reference to Ephesians 6:1-9

In Ephesians 6:1-9, how do the principles of authority, submission, and respect reflect the divine order established by God, with Christ at the center as the ultimate authority? How does this understanding deepen our appreciation for Christ’s lordship over all aspects of our lives?

Tracing fulfilled prophecy in the Bible

Reflecting on Ephesians 6:1-9, how do these instructions align with the prophetic promises of a Messiah who would establish justice and righteousness on the earth? How does Christ’s fulfillment of these prophecies through His life, death, and resurrection shape our understanding of His role as the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan?

Involvement in ‘Care Ministries” based upon Ephesians 6:1-9

How does the principle of mutual submission and respect outlined in Ephesians 6:1-9 inspire us to engage in care ministries that demonstrate Christ’s love and compassion to those in need within our communities? How can we embody Christ’s example of selfless service in our approach to caring for others?