Ephesians 6:1 NET Children, obey yourparents in the Lord for this is right. 2 “Honor  your father and mother,” (Exo 20:12;...
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to  anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 5 Slav...
7 Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving   the Lord and not people, 8 because you  know that each person, whether slave o...
God calls Christians to submit to one another and respect authority out of           respect for God.Our submission plays ...
I came across this list of what a parent hadlearned . . .1) There is no such thing as child proofingyour home.2) Baseballs...
5) The glass in windows, even double paneones, is not strong enough to stop abaseball that has been hit by a ceiling fan.6...
8) If you use a waterbed as home platewhile wearing baseball shoes, it does notleak – it explodes.9) A king size waterbed ...
In today‟s text Paul continues his discussion    on submission by turning to two otherrelationships. You remember in 5:21 ...
He has raised the standard! We don‟t submit because it‟s the natural thing to do; we don‟t submit because the other person...
Notice where the authority is in thesepassages, it is Christ, the Lord! Keep that thought in mind as we move through thene...
First, Paul looks to the Family . . .  1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. 2 “Honor your father a...
This is so fundamental, so obvious thatsome of you might be thinking, “Why didPaul need to remind them of that?” But this ...
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORDyour God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 NIV ...
Paul knew that this wasn‟t just for theIsraelites, either. Part of living the Christian  life is living in obedience, subm...
When my Mom told me to come in to eat pizza, I had no problem obeying. But whenshe told me to come in to eat when we were ...
It‟s easy to obey when we agree with them.     Notice he DOESN‟T say, “Obey your parents when you understand why they‟re  ...
Again, God is raising the standard of what itmeans to obey; to submit. As wives submit   to their husbands, „as to the Lor...
I actually was hoping that Paul would  continue talking to kids a little whilelonger. I was looking for the verse that  sa...
We are to teach our children the difference between right and wrong. Weare to teach our children to love God and      to w...
Too many fathers have abandoned theirrole as leader and kids see that. If Mom isalways the one in charge, if Mom is always...
Do you know why that is so terrible?  Because when those same kids come to church they will hear us talk about God as     ...
Make sure that when they hear the word„father‟, they get a good image in their mind.  And if that scares you absolutely to...
How horrible that would be! I can‟t speakjudgmentally here, but how many kids have left the church because of well-intenti...
What do you do when your teenage daughter tells you that she doesn‟t believe  in God? It‟s something most every parent mus...
We are given the charge to teach them.        Deuteronomy 6:6 NIV Thesecommandments that I give you today are to be upon y...
How are we doing at these? How are   children obeying their parents? How are        parents training their children?It see...
OUCH!    This text should serve to force us asParents to re-examine our family life; to askthe question, who‟s in charge? ...
You‟re to obey. Now, it‟s not a forced  obedience, but you obey because that‟s  what God WANTS you to do! Teens, you obey,...
Have you been looking for a way to lead  your Mom or Dad to Christ? Been lookingfor a way to get them to take you seriousl...
Next Paul turns to what I‟ll refer to as the               Work Place. .  5 Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and ...
7 Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving   the Lord and not people, 8 because you  know that each person, whether slave o...
We have a little more difficultyunderstanding this next section because of   the time & circumstances in which Paulwrote, ...
We may get SO hung up on the language ofslavery that we don‟t hear God‟s word for us today in this text, but it is there! ...
He never focuses on reforming humansystems because they are never at the rootof the human problem. The issue is alwaysthe ...
Slavery was a common thing in N.T. times, very much UNLIKE today, and alsovery much UNLIKE what we typically thinkof as sl...
Race was NOT a factor. They were involvedin every area of society, not just the menial  labor. Many were educated. Many co...
For Jews, slaves still existed but were  somewhat better off. The O.T. prohibitedJews from holding other Jews as slaves fo...
Paul speaks elsewhere about there being„neither slave nor free…in Christ‟ because       we are ALL slaves to Christ!  Gala...
Romans 7:25 NET Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, Imyself serve the law of God with my mind,  but w...
Just as you would Christ! Again thestandard is raised! Obey them, treat themwith respect, with fear and dignity NOT just t...
With respect, fear and dignity, certainly not    because you have to, but out of yourreverence for Christ! You, too, are a...
Why even spend time in these verses?None of us are slaves or masters today, are we? Perhaps not, but I do think that these...
Sure you have! Wouldn‟t God say to you,„Keep working hard, and NOT just when the     boss is looking, but work as if you‟r...
You may have an eight hour boss, but you have a 24 hour Lord. No matter what theboss sees or doesn‟t see, Jesus sees it al...
Did you realize that if you spent 40 hrs a  week on the job between age 18 and 65that you would amass an incredible 97,760...
Employees, are you giving your boss your best as a witness, a testimony as to what      your Master, Jesus, gave you?Part ...
We don‟t submit to others because of what they‟ve done for us, or what they CAN do                   for us.We don‟t submi...
Romans 13:1 NET Let every person be  subject to the governing authorities. For    there is no authority except by Gods app...
Have you submitted to that ultimateauthority this morning? Is Jesus Christ theLord of your life? Have you allowed him tore...
Maybe you need to confess sin in your life     that is keeping you from the fruits of      relationship with God? We want ...
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  1. 1. Ephesians 6:1 NET Children, obey yourparents in the Lord for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” (Exo 20:12; Deu 5:16) which is the first commandmentaccompanied by a promise, namely, 3 “thatit may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth.” (Deu 5:16)
  2. 2. 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey your human masters with fear andtrembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ, 6 not like those who do their work only when someone is watching — as people-pleasers — but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart.
  3. 3. 7 Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people, 8 because you know that each person, whether slave orfree, if he does something good, this will berewarded by the Lord. 9 Masters, treat your slaves the same way, giving up the use of threats, because you know that both youand they have the same master in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
  4. 4. God calls Christians to submit to one another and respect authority out of respect for God.Our submission plays out in the Parent-Child relationship as well as in our work world.
  5. 5. I came across this list of what a parent hadlearned . . .1) There is no such thing as child proofingyour home.2) Baseballs make marks on the ceiling.3) You should not throw baseballs up whenthe ceiling fan is on.4) A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a longway.
  6. 6. 5) The glass in windows, even double paneones, is not strong enough to stop abaseball that has been hit by a ceiling fan.6) When you hear the toilet flush and thewords “Uh-oh”, it‟s already too late.7) A six year old can start a fire with a flintrock even though a thirty six year old mansays they can only do that in the movies.
  7. 7. 8) If you use a waterbed as home platewhile wearing baseball shoes, it does notleak – it explodes.9) A king size waterbed holds enough waterto fill a 2000 square foot house 4 inchesdeep. We want to be good parents and teach our children how to get along in the world, how to treat one another, but ultimately how to love God and to respect authority.
  8. 8. In today‟s text Paul continues his discussion on submission by turning to two otherrelationships. You remember in 5:21 he has exhorted Christians …submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21 NET
  9. 9. He has raised the standard! We don‟t submit because it‟s the natural thing to do; we don‟t submit because the other personis always right, we submit out of reverence for Christ! He illustrated that in the relationship of marriage. Wives are tosubmit to your husbands as to the Lord and Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.
  10. 10. Notice where the authority is in thesepassages, it is Christ, the Lord! Keep that thought in mind as we move through thenext two subjects. Paul views these in the light of „Submission.‟
  11. 11. First, Paul looks to the Family . . . 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” (Exo 20:12; Deu 5:16) which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 3 “that it may go well with you and that you will live a longtime on the earth.” (Deu 5:16) 4 Fathers, donot provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
  12. 12. This is so fundamental, so obvious thatsome of you might be thinking, “Why didPaul need to remind them of that?” But this is something that every generation must be reminded of! Paul reminds the Ephesians that THIS was a part of theTEN COMMANDMENTS in the first place, in fact the first one with a promise!
  13. 13. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORDyour God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 NIV God knew that for the Israelites, part of living successfully in the land they were about to inherit was dependent upon obeying their parents!
  14. 14. Paul knew that this wasn‟t just for theIsraelites, either. Part of living the Christian life is living in obedience, submission to parents. Why? Because „this is right‟ he says! But, why is it „right?‟ Notice he DOESN‟T say, “Obey your parents, when you agree with them.”
  15. 15. When my Mom told me to come in to eat pizza, I had no problem obeying. But whenshe told me to come in to eat when we were having something I didnt like the taste of,WHOA! I didn‟t want to obey. She‟d tell me, “Eat your what on your plate, people are starving in Africa.” I would offer to send my plate of food to Africa!
  16. 16. It‟s easy to obey when we agree with them. Notice he DOESN‟T say, “Obey your parents when you understand why they‟re asking you to do something.” Rather, he says, “Obey your parents in the Lord.”
  17. 17. Again, God is raising the standard of what itmeans to obey; to submit. As wives submit to their husbands, „as to the Lord‟ and husbands love their wives „just as Christloved the church‟ SO kids, obey your Mom & Dad „in the Lord for this is right!‟ It‟s a matter of our relationship to God that we show honor and respect to our parents!
  18. 18. I actually was hoping that Paul would continue talking to kids a little whilelonger. I was looking for the verse that says, “Children, don’t provoke your fathers!” THAT’S what I need to hear!Actually, not. I need to hear JUST what Paul says. God places a highresponsibility on fathers. WE are to be the spiritual leaders in our families!
  19. 19. We are to teach our children the difference between right and wrong. Weare to teach our children to love God and to want to serve him. It’s not the preacher’s job. It’s not the Sunday School teacher’s job. It’sYOURS, fathers! Paul singles out fathers here because of that awesome responsibility!
  20. 20. Too many fathers have abandoned theirrole as leader and kids see that. If Mom isalways the one in charge, if Mom is always the one who pushes everybody to do the right thing, if Mom is who they see gettingeveryone ready for church and reading theBible and praying, then the kids will get the idea that Dad is a weak leader.
  21. 21. Do you know why that is so terrible? Because when those same kids come to church they will hear us talk about God as our heavenly father.Dads, whether you like it or not, you are the „offensive line‟ in teaching your kids about God. You are the first impression God gets to make on them. You don‟t have to beperfect, you just have to love those kids and show them that you love them.
  22. 22. Make sure that when they hear the word„father‟, they get a good image in their mind. And if that scares you absolutely to death,and you think you aren‟t up to the task, look at the best example to help you: God is the ultimate father. He is the role model for dads everywhere. Fathers, do not provokeyour children to anger. In other words, don‟t push them so hard that they rebel against you and against the church!
  23. 23. How horrible that would be! I can‟t speakjudgmentally here, but how many kids have left the church because of well-intentioned parents who just pushed too hard? This issomething scary. Where‟s the line? What doyou do when your teenage son tells you he doesn‟t want to go to church anymore?
  24. 24. What do you do when your teenage daughter tells you that she doesn‟t believe in God? It‟s something most every parent must grapple with and it depends on each individual child. Instead, we are to bringthem up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Our children are one of the greatest responsibilities ANY of us have! They are given to us by God for only a short time.
  25. 25. We are given the charge to teach them. Deuteronomy 6:6 NIV Thesecommandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down andwhen you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on thedoorframes of your houses and on your gates.
  26. 26. How are we doing at these? How are children obeying their parents? How are parents training their children?It seems to me that one of the problems we have in our society and as a result of the breakdown of the family is in the parent-child relationship. Edward, Duke of Windsor said, “The thing that impresses me most about America is the way the parents obey their children.”
  27. 27. OUCH! This text should serve to force us asParents to re-examine our family life; to askthe question, who‟s in charge? Where doesthe authority lay? Kids, it should remind you that it SHOULD be Mom & Dad. As muchas you hate to accept it sometimes, Mom & Dad are in charge.
  28. 28. You‟re to obey. Now, it‟s not a forced obedience, but you obey because that‟s what God WANTS you to do! Teens, you obey, because it‟s a part of what you do asa Christian! The greatest witness you couldbe for Christ in your home (especially if your parents aren‟t Christians) is to show themhonor and respect even when they ask you to do something that you don‟t want to do!
  29. 29. Have you been looking for a way to lead your Mom or Dad to Christ? Been lookingfor a way to get them to take you seriously? Try that. Try humbly submitting inobedience to their will out of your reverence for Christ! (Now, still don‟t do anything thatwould be immoral or that God wouldn‟t want you to do. He would never want us to go against HIS will to follow our Parents‟ will.)
  30. 30. Next Paul turns to what I‟ll refer to as the Work Place. . 5 Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ, 6 not like those who dotheir work only when someone is watching — as people-pleasers — but as slaves ofChrist doing the will of God from the heart.
  31. 31. 7 Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people, 8 because you know that each person, whether slave orfree, if he does something good, this will berewarded by the Lord. 9 Masters, treat your slaves the same way, giving up the use of threats, because you know that both youand they have the same master in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
  32. 32. We have a little more difficultyunderstanding this next section because of the time & circumstances in which Paulwrote, but he‟s still talking about submitting out of reverence for Christ. This time, he targets the Slave-Master relationship . . . avery common and household relationship in that time.
  33. 33. We may get SO hung up on the language ofslavery that we don‟t hear God‟s word for us today in this text, but it is there! You might ask, why would Paul mention slavery and NOT condemn it? Paul is not addressingthe rightness or wrongness of slavery. Look at the rest of the NT.
  34. 34. He never focuses on reforming humansystems because they are never at the rootof the human problem. The issue is alwaysthe heart. Paul‟s message here ASSUMESthat slavery is a reality (which it was at that time) and writes to change the heart of those involved. Again he raises the standard!
  35. 35. Slavery was a common thing in N.T. times, very much UNLIKE today, and alsovery much UNLIKE what we typically thinkof as slavery that existed in America in ourpast. Some scholars estimate that as many as 1/3 of the people in Greece and Romewere slaves. One got to be a slave thru any number of circumstances: birth, parental selling or abandonment, captivity in war, inability to pay debts, and evenvoluntary attempts to better one‟s position.
  36. 36. Race was NOT a factor. They were involvedin every area of society, not just the menial labor. Many were educated. Many couldown property, even other slaves. They were allowed to save money that might eventually buy their freedom. While the situation wasn‟t exactly ideal, it wasn‟t the slavery that existed in this country.
  37. 37. For Jews, slaves still existed but were somewhat better off. The O.T. prohibitedJews from holding other Jews as slaves formore than six years, after which they had to be freed. For all, it was an institution thatwas simply not questioned. It was the norm for society. But what wasn‟t the norm was what Paul called slaves & masters to; thegospel came and leveled the playing field, so to speak.
  38. 38. Paul speaks elsewhere about there being„neither slave nor free…in Christ‟ because we are ALL slaves to Christ! Galatians 3:28 NET There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free,there is neither male nor female — for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
  39. 39. Romans 7:25 NET Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, Imyself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. The gospel created a situation whereMaster and Slave could now be brothers inChrist together and so Paul feels the needto address Christian slaves and Christian masters.
  40. 40. Just as you would Christ! Again thestandard is raised! Obey them, treat themwith respect, with fear and dignity NOT just to win them favor, NOT just because youhave to, but because your REAL MASTERis Jesus Christ! Work, Serve, as if you are serving Jesus Christ!
  41. 41. With respect, fear and dignity, certainly not because you have to, but out of yourreverence for Christ! You, too, are a slave to Christ! Treat them well because you know that Christ is both their master and yours!
  42. 42. Why even spend time in these verses?None of us are slaves or masters today, are we? Perhaps not, but I do think that theseverses have a real application to our lives in the work place. Most have bosses to answer to. And some of you haveemployees that work under you. What doesthis text have to say to those relationships? Ever had a boss you just couldn‟t stand?
  43. 43. Sure you have! Wouldn‟t God say to you,„Keep working hard, and NOT just when the boss is looking, but work as if you‟re working for the Lord and He will bless you for it.‟ Christians work hard because they know who they are really working for. Paultold the Colossians; And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of theLord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 NET
  44. 44. You may have an eight hour boss, but you have a 24 hour Lord. No matter what theboss sees or doesn‟t see, Jesus sees it all.Bosses, have you been guilty of putting toomuch on an employee, of pushing too hard or of being too hard-nosed? What wouldyour employees say? What would God say to you about how you should treat them?
  45. 45. Did you realize that if you spent 40 hrs a week on the job between age 18 and 65that you would amass an incredible 97,760 hours on the job? What would God wantyou to do with all that time? Don‟t you thinkhe cares what you do with it? Are you using your position in the workplace to bring honor and glory to Him? To point others tohim? Bosses, are you as concerned about the needs of your employees as your bottom line?
  46. 46. Employees, are you giving your boss your best as a witness, a testimony as to what your Master, Jesus, gave you?Part of living the Christian life is submittingto one another. God raises the standard of that submission!Don‟t submit to your husband because he is the man and you‟ve got no choice.
  47. 47. We don‟t submit to others because of what they‟ve done for us, or what they CAN do for us.We don‟t submit to our Parents because we agree with them, or even that it may be in our best interest. We submit to one another because by doing so, we show our reverence and respect for God! We respect authority, because of our respect of the ultimate authority!
  48. 48. Romans 13:1 NET Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by Gods appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 So the person who resists such authority resiststhe ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment
  49. 49. Have you submitted to that ultimateauthority this morning? Is Jesus Christ theLord of your life? Have you allowed him tore-order your priorities, yet? If you haven‟t we encourage you to do so this morning! Maybe this text has touched you andconvinced you that you‟ve not been living your life in the correct manner of „submission to the Lord.‟
  50. 50. Maybe you need to confess sin in your life that is keeping you from the fruits of relationship with God? We want to encourage you to make that right with Godright NOW while together we stand and sing ...

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