Day One – Essential Business

Ephesians 4:1 – As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Ephesians 5:15-18, 21 – Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit…Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

How does the flow of what Paul is writing speak to the essential nature of relationships for the Christian?

What do Spirit-enabled functional relationships look like?

“The ethical implications of this theology are immense.  Mutual submission is merely a logical conclusion of Paul’s understanding that Christians are part of each other.  Oneness with Christ is the basis of all Christian ethics (cf. 1 Cor. 6:15).” [K. Snodgrass, NIVAC Ephesians]

Let’s worship to the song “Love Won’t Give Up” (click here) by Elevation Worship.

Prayer: Father, continue to lead our churches in this essential business: our lives under the Lordship of Christ and in mutual submission to one another as Your Spirit fills and enables us!

– BW