15: The Daily Walk of Believers (2) (Eph
not of the world (Jn 17:16) but must continue to live
in the world (Jn 17:15). Thus, walking in the way of
God often brings a Christian into confrontation with the norms of the world.
Relationships do not disappear when we become Christians. Paul here writes
about how Christians should behave in relationships with one another and with
those who are not believers. In particular, in an immoral society where
adultery and divorce was common, the Christian relationship between a man and
his wife held much hope for love, peace and growth. These teachings are so
needed for today’s society as well.
“Submitting to one
another in the fear of God” (5:21).
Verse 21 is a transition
between the previous passage and this passage. What is the basis of submission,
according to this verse?
How should a wife treat her
How should a husband treat his
What are some concrete ways for
a husband to love his wife?
The teaching about a husband
and wife propounded here may seem strange to modern minds accustomed to the
‘equality of the sexes’. How does Paul justify his view?
Should gender equality be
emphasized in a husband-wife relationship? Explain your answer.
Discuss how modern Christian
families, especially where both partners work, should adopt this teaching on
the relationship between a husband and his wife.
What does it mean that Christ
sanctifies and cleanses the church “with the washing of water by the word”
How should a child treat his
What does the phrase “in the
Lord” suggest (6:1)?
How should a father (parent)
treat his children?
Some modern parenting
techniques advocate reasoning with the child in all matters and never to expect
a child to obey just because one is his parent. How does Paul justify his
unambiguous stand on the submission of children to their parents?
What does it mean to not
provoke our children to wrath?
What role should the father
play in the house?
As a result of reading Eph
5:22-6:4, discuss the structure of a sound and healthy
How should a slave treat his
How should a master treat his
What is the basis for this kind
of relationship between a slave and his master?