NextLevel Online: Ephesians

Session 9: Participating at Home and Work (5:21-6:9)

What does Paul says about masters and slaves? Parents and children?


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts

Paul’s “Household Code” (Ephesians 5:21-6:9

  • Masters and Slaves

    • Slavery in the Roman world was…

    • But slavery was still…

    • Paul sows the seeds that undercut slavery by…

    • Paul’s teaching here should also be mined for wisdom about work today.

  • Parents and Children

    • Children are addressed as responsible moral agents.

    • Children are called to ____ and _____.

    • Paul addresses fathers, by which he probably means parents, by which he definitely means fathers.

    • Fathers and mothers exercise authority toward Christ-centered ends.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

  • Share (or think about) some stories that would help someone understand what comes to your mind when you think about “home” and “work.”

  • What do we learn from Paul including practical instructions on family life in his letter?

  • What is your opinion of what Paul says here in relation to slavery? In what ways do your experiences make it hard to understand what Paul says or how other people read this text? How can you better listen to both?

  • How does your home line up against what Paul says here regarding parents and children? Ifyou are parents, in what ways have you fallen into the trap of caring more about your kids’worldly prospering than faithfulness to God? How can you properly balance both?

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