This Week’s Songs:
Read Ephesians 5:21-33
We are all products of our environments as children, as we encounter marriage, divorce, and family dynamics that shape the people we become. How did you’re parents’ relationships – in singleness, marriage, or divorce – impact your spiritual journey… for better or worse?
In verse 21, Paul calls every Christian to a life of surrender through mutual submission to Christ and one another. How might this look in the life of a healthy Christian community? How might this be distorted?
Marriage isn’t the “next level” of spiritual life for single or divorced folks. Instead, the same Jesus is available right where you are – no matter your relationship status! How can communities and families of married people better include and empower single people in the family of God?
Marriage has a way of exposing your selfishness and sin overtime. What are some of the ways your relationships – marriage or otherwise – have revealed your own need for repentance and change?
Instead of relationships of control and domination, marriages were designed to express power through love and service. How might men and women help one another thrive equally in marriage without seeking power and control over the other?
Encourage. Relationships are hard. Whether you are married or not, it’s easy to lose sight of our identity and get discouraged. This week, take the time to intentionally encourage a brother or sister in Christ. Encouragement literally means to “give courage.” What battles are your spouses, friends, family, or co-workers facing? Ask God to give you a word of encouragement that strengthens someone with words of love.