Marriage/ Family Enrichment Lesson 1
                                  The importance of love and submission

Ephesians 4:1-3
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,  (2)  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  (3)  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

1.What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy?

2.What 5 ways are we supposed to do this?

3.Why is it important that we strive to walk this way?

4.In what ways can we exercise these characteristics?

5.A godly testimony must start in the home.  As we do ministry, what are some ways we can respond to people with these 5 characteristics?

Do others see Christ in our marriage?

Ephesians 5:22-33
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  (23)  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.  (24)  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.  (25)  Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,  (26)  that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,  (27)  so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.  (28)  In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  (29)  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,  (30)  because we are members of his body.  (31)  "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."  (32)  This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.  (33)  However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Verses 22-24
1.What do these 3 verses say about submission?

2.What does it mean to submit to Christ?

3.In what ways do we submit to Christ?

4.Why do we submit to Christ?

5.Is God able to use a person that is not submitted to Him in love?

6.In what manner is the wife to submit to her own husband? (the Church to Christ)

Verses 25-28
1.What do these 3 verses say about love?

2.How much love did Jesus have for the church?

3.What was the purpose of that love; what did it accomplish?

4.How did Christ wash the Church?

5.How is the husband to wash his wife?

6.How are husbands to treat their wives? What does this mean?

7.What is the husband responsible for in his wife?

Verses 29-33
1.What 2 things does Christ do for the Church?

2.How is our marriage a reflection of Christ and the Church?

3.If we want to be the kind of family God wants us to be, how are we to be towards one another?

How has God spoken today?
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