Summary: The commands for husbands to love, and wives respect compliment each other and receive God's greatest blessing.
We are in week two of a five week series on the family titled “Five Word for a Godly Home. Last week, Our word was LOVE and the sermon was “Husbands, Love Your Wives.” TODAY our key word is RESPECT. Today’s sermon is titled, “Wives, Respect Your Husbands.” Let’s study together.
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25–27, ESV)
The central command for husbands is LOVE
The central command for wives is RESPECT
Today we will see how these two commands COMPLIMENT each other
Men and women are DIFFERENT
DIFFERENCES between MEN and WOMEN.
These Differences are by God’s Design
THIS TEACHING is counter-cultural
Christians in EVERY GENERATION have had to respond to different challenges:
In the APOSTOLIC ERA, the challenge was “Do the Gentiles have to follow the Jewish Law?”
The EARLY CHURCH was challenged by intense persecution.
During the REFORMATION, the challenge was a central theological issue:
Are we saved through CHRIST or through the CHURCH?”
In more recent history, the 1960's-80's saw the church struggling with issues of legalism and racism.
TODAY I believe the central challenge for our time centers on the authority of God’s Word. “Will we obey God’s Word over culture?”
I mention this because the biblical teaching on the roles of husband and wife is counter-cultural.
Much is the same with the biblical teaching on HOMOSEXUALITY and SEXUALITY.
Many pastors have reinterpreted the Bible to agree with modern day feminism.
Others simply don’t teach about the Biblical roles of Leadership and Submission.
Here is my CHALLENGE for you as you consider this topic. Quite frankly, some Christians have a difficult time accepting the idea of biblical submission. Our culture has equated this with something that it is not, accusing Christians of being against women. But before you tune out this sermon, consider the following:
What influences you regarding the family and roles of husband and wife?
Ask yourself, “What does God say about how the home should function?” If you are willing to examine the Scriptures with an open heart, I believe that you will discover that there is a beautiful explanation of God’s design for the home.
First, Let’s dispose of some Straw Men (or women) that have been propped up to falsely accuse Christians of being against women.
EVERYONE is against....
c. Domestic violence.
d. Wage discrimination
e. That women cannot be in positions of authority.
f. The old “barefoot and pregnant”
On the contrary, a biblical understanding of the role of men and women provides honor and dignity to both men and women. Families and churches that follow God’s design function correctly and honor all people.