Message Online: Who Do You Think We Are? (Ephesians 6:1-4)

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Speaker: Rod Thom
Passage: Ephesians 6:1-4


1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[a]

4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.


Key Points

This chapter begins with a commandment, one with a promise. These verses are powerful because they have the potential to have generational impact on your family and on our Society. These verses are about releasing and respecting each generation: encouraging each other.

  • Have you ever considered how selfish you are, or parents have you considered how selfish your children are?
  • Submitting to authority isn’t easy. It doesn’t come naturally to us, but we can move closer to obedience to Jesus.
  • Parents: you can set example and guidelines that grow your children, but ensure you don’t crush their spirit.

This passage is connected to Ephesians 5:22. The Message gives a great perspective for these verses that introduce Ephesians 6.
Eph 5:22 Out of respect for Jesus be courteously reverent to each other, submit to one another… (msg)

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