Presentation on theme: "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."— Presentation transcript:
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 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 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 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Respect and Power
Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 1 st Husband Wife 2 nd Parents Children 3 rd Slaves Master
Honour your father and mother is a serious matter God. Read Exodus 21:15-17 & Lev 20:9 The Mosaic Law prescribed death for the child struck or cursed a parent. And Paul list such disobedience as one of many grave sins Romans 1:30 & 2 Tim 3:2 Paul urges the positive duty of children to obey their parents. Obedience is due to both parents because it is the RIGHT thing to do as we conform to God’s Holy Commandment Ephesians 6:2-3
Cell discussion 1. What word or phrase would you use to describe your relationship with your parents? 2. How do you see mutual submission continuing to be worked out in this passage vs.1-4 -Give some suggestions
Parents’ Role and Responsibility Ephesians 6:4 If the children walked in obedience to Christ. They are particularly vulnerable to a domineering and thoughtless father actions, would be a discouraging to them. Colossians 3:2 Father do not provoke your children, lest they become discourage. Parents should bring up their children according to way of the Lord. Parents need to disciple their own children.
Power Vs Armour of God Vs Prayer Warrior Vs Final greetings
Finally, be strong in the Lord and His mighty power because we are in the battle against the evil one, Satan. The powerful evil forces of fallen angels led by Satan who is a vicious fighter - 1 Peter 5:8 He prowls like a lion seeking for someone to devour Ephesians 6:12 We are into this spiritual warfare The powerful evil forces of fallen angels led by Satan who is a vicious fighter - 1 Peter 5:8 He prowls like a lion seeking for someone to devour Ephesians 6:12 We are into this spiritual warfare
Vs Piece of Armour Normal RoleRole in Spiritual Battle BeltUsually made of leather, the soldier’s belt gathered the tunic together and held the sword, ensuring that the soldier marched unimpeded Truth -Satan fights with lies, and sometimes his lies sound like truth, but only believers have God’s truth, which can defeat Satan’s lies
BreastplateCovering the soldier’s back and front, the breastplate protected the vital organs. Righteousness -Satan often attacks our hearts: the seat of our emotions, self-worth, and trust. God’s righteousness is the breastplate that protects our hearts and ensures his approval. He approves of us because he loves us and sent his Son to die for us
BootsThe “half boots” of the Roman soldier were made of leather, left the toes free, had heavy studded soles and were strapped to the ankles. They supported long marches and gave a solid stance, which prevented sliding. Readiness to spread the Good News -Satan wants us to think that telling others the Good News is a worthless and hopeless task- the size of the task is too big and the –ve responses are Too much too handle. But the footgear God gives us is motivation to continue to proclaim the true peace that is available in God- News everyone needs to hear
ShieldThe oblong shield covered the whole body and was designed to give protection from fire-tipped darts. Faith -What we see are Satan’s attacks in the form of insults, setbacks, and temptations. But the shield of faith protects us from Satan’s flaming arrows. With God’s perspective, we can see beyond our circumstances & know that ultimate victory is ours
HelmetMade of bronze, the helmet had an inside lining of felt, making the weight bearable. A hinged visor added frontal protection. Nothing short of an ax could pierce the helmet. Salvation -Satan wants to make us doubt God, Jesus, and our salvation. The helmet protects our minds from doubting God’s saving work for us
SwordThis was the only piece of armor used for attack as well as defense. The Spirit, the Word of God -The sword is the only weapon of offense in the list of armor. There are times when we need to take the offensive against Satan. When we are tempted, we need to trust in the truth of God’s Word.
Therefore put on the full armour of God The Greek word, for whole armour (Panoplia) Refers to the complete equipment of a fully armed soldier This is a serious matter that demand full attention. This is not a fantasies, It is very real. Satan is all out to get us to turn away from God. Although we have victory, We must engage in the battle until the return of Christ. We need to overcome Satan, God has provided for us by giving us the power of the Holy Spirit and His armour surrounding us.
Prayer Ephesians 6:18-20 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions… Be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints
Cell Discussion God has given us His armour, but it is our responsibility to out it on and to use it confidently against the power of evil What do you need to do in order to put it on? Go through every piece of the armour and discuss among your members how you can effectively put it on Such as discipline, training, good habits, etc…)