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On Sunday, July 27, 2014, I preached a message based out of Ephesians 5:22-33 at Wildwood Community Church.  Below you will see a list of questions for group discussion tied to this sermon.

Small Group Discussion Questions (Eph. 5:22-33)

  1. Read Ephesians 5:22-33
  2. How would you define what the Bible says is the role of “husband” and “wife”?  How does the world define the roles of “husband” and “wife”?
  3. In Ephesians 5:21, all Christians are called to submit to one another.  In what ways do you see an attitude of submission in the commands to wife AND husband in Ephesians 5:22-33?
  4. A definition of the word “submit” is to willingly lay down one’s life and to structure what we do in such a way to support another.  What do you think it practically looks like for a wife to submit to her husband?
  5. The clarifying comment “as to the Lord” found in 5:22 indicates that a wife’s submission to her husband is ultimately an act of obedience to God.  Since her ultimate allegiance is to God not any man (including her husband) a wife should not follow her husband into something that is clearly sin in the eyes of the Lord.  What are some examples you can think of where a wife should NOT follow her husband’s lead?
  6. The husband’s call to love his wife in a self-sacrificing way, working to build her up and help her be all God has created her to be is a high calling.  What does it look like (in your opinion) for a husband to live out this calling?
  7. Genesis 3:16 details some of the effects of the fall on husband/wife relationships.  Because of sin, husbands want to dominate their wives and wives want to control their husbands.  However, under the control of the Holy Spirit (5:18), a Christian marriage looks very different.  The Christian marriage is marked by support, love, self-sacrifice, and building one another up.  Think of the Christian marriages you know.  Do more look like Genesis 3:16 or Ephesians 5:22-33?  Why do you think that is?
  8. How does the example of Christ’s relationship with the church encourage and challenge you with regards to your own marriage (if you are married) or your future married (if you hope to be married one day)?
  9. Any particular application you took away from this passage this week?


For more resources related to this study of Ephesians click on the following links:


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