Geoff continued our Ephesians series by talking about God’s view of relationships, from Ephesians 5 and 6.
On Sunday Geoff talked about how our Family of Origin shapes how we act, behave and expect things in new relationships for the rest of our lives. Share with the group what your Family of Origin was like, and one thing you’ve realised has shaped who you are today.
Read Ephesians 5:21 to 6:9 together.
You might like to read it in sections, with different people reading, and pausing to discuss each section. Or you might like to read it all at once and then come back to each section.
What stands out to you from this section that is the same as what you learned from your Family of Origin?
What stands out to you from this section that is different from what you learned from your Family of Origin?
What one thing could change about your work relationships based on this passage?
What one thing could change about your relationship with your parents and/or your own children based on this passage?
If Paul talked about mutual submission in 5:21, are there still differences in how husbands and wives should relate to each other based on the rest of this passage?
What one thing could change about your marriage relationship (or you may like to reflect on a past relationship or the potential of a future relationship) based on this passage?
If you were starting a new family this year, what do you think God would like you to make part of your family that you would eventually pass on to your kids as their Family of Origin?
Pray for each other, that God would keep shaping your relationships in the way that he sees them, rather than in the way your Family of Origin might have taught you to see them.