Accountability: Your challenge for this week is to extend forgiveness and speak gratitude.
Passage: Ephesians 5:21-6:9
Big Idea: Following Jesus impacts every relationship and aspect of our normal lives.
Read: Read the whole passage over a meal. Try reading it in the ESV/NIV and also in the Message.
Discuss: What relationships does Paul touch on in the passage? What does he say about them? Do any of Paul’s commands here feel too hard to do?
Discuss: Kids, how are you doing with with obeying your parents? Seriously, take a moment and think about it for a minute. Are there areas that you could improve upon? Fathers (moms you’re off the hook), how are you doing at not “provoking” your children? What do you think that even means? Are you intentionally teaching them about the Lord?
Activity: If you’re a parent, read through 6:5-9 with your kids and help them think about this in terms of student/teacher. Have them create a comic or picture to represent what it would look like for them to live this out at school. If your kids are older, have a conversation about this at the dinner table.
Activity: If you’re married, get a babysitter and go on a date this week. It will be a challenge and it will be inconvenient. DO IT ANYWAY! EVEN IF ITS ONLY AN HOUR. If you’re not married, reach out to one of the married couples and offer to babysit.