Summary: 3 of 3+1. Paul unveiled the vital role of submission inherent to a Christ-honoring marriage & family. Christ-honoring families must operate under the umbrella of submission. But How? Foundational family integrity is found in...
MUTUAL SUBMISSION-III—Ephesians 5:21—6:4
‘Foundational Family Integrity’
‘A Family’s Integrity in Mutual Submission’
Grace Udder Pressure:
A big city lawyer was called in on a case between a farmer & a large railroad company. The farmer noticed that his prize cow was missing from the field through which the railroad passed. He filed suit against the railroad company for the value of the cow. The case was to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room of the general store. The attorney immediately cornered the farmer & tried to get him to settle out of court.
The lawyer did his best selling job, keeping the conversation moving & not letting the farmer get much of a word in. The farmer finally agreed to take half of what he was claiming to settle the case. After the farmer signed the release & took the check, the young lawyer couldn't help but gloat a little over his success. He said to the farmer, "You know, I hate to tell you this, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn't have won the case. The engineer was asleep & the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your farm that morning. I didn't have one witness to put on the stand."
The old farmer replied, "Well, I'll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself. That durned cow came home this morning!"
If both the Farmer & Lawyer had been truthful with one another, everything would have been fine.
We are a country embroiled in individualistic endeavors to the exclusion of & to the ruin/destruction/devastation of others....manifested in Hedonism(drugs/sex/possessions)
Work-ism or busy-ness(Work=Good)...borne by financial indebtedness, etc.
It is not possible for a marriage & family to thrive, when one or more of the members is into themselves to the exclusion of others!
We may learn to live with one another, but we will have no power in the world!
Integrity—“The state of being whole & undivided: upholding territorial integrity & national sovereignty.” a.—The condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction. b.—Internal consistency or lack of corruption.
Integrity—1. Adherence to moral & ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty; 2. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished; 3. Sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.
Paul unveiled the role of submission inherent to a Christ-honoring family.
Christ-honoring families must operate under the umbrella of submission.
How is submission essential to the integrity of Christ-honoring families?
4 arenas in which submission secures Christ-honoring integrity for the family.
*Foundational(Christ-honoring) family integrity is found in Mutual Submission!
*Mutual Submission cannot be experienced fully apart from God’s love!
The last two Sundays we've found that Foundational(Christ-honoring) family integrity is found in...
1.(part a) A WIFE’s submission(5:22-25, 33)