Marriage Monday Bible Study
November 4, 2007
Submission is a Descision NOT a Dirty Word
by e-Mom at C h r y s a l i s
Wives, submit [hupotasso] to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits [hupotasso] to Christ, so also wives should submit [hupotasso] to their husbands in everything.
(Eph 5: 22-24)
A. Submission in Marriage
Hupotasso [hoop-ot-as-so] Greek: To subordinate, to obey, be under obedience, put under, subdue unto, be or make subject, to be put in subjection to or under, submit self unto.
(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
Submit: Surrender oneself for control, give way, make submission, yield, cease or abstain from resistance. (The Concise Oxford Dictionary)
Subject: Under government, not independent, owing obedience to. (The Concise Oxford Dictionary)
Please read Ephesians 5:22-33
1. Who are wives commanded to be subject to?
2. Who else are wives commanded to be subject to?
3. Is submission an emotional feeling or a decision of the will? Why?
4. Who is the head of the wife?
5. Who is the head and Savior of the Body (Church)?
6. In what area of their lives are wives commanded to be subject to their husbands? Give examples.
7. Why do you think the commands in this passage on marriage are given to the wife first?
8. What is a hierarchy?
9. Which marriage partner is do you think is responsible for establishing the hierarchical relationship described in this passage, the wife or the husband?
10. What are husbands commanded to do in regard to their wives?
11. Do you think this kind of love is an emotional feeling or a decision of the will?
12. According to this passage, what did Christ do to demonstrate his love for the church?
13. Why did Christ give himself up for the Church?
14. Define the word “sanctify.”
15. With what does Christ cleanse his church?
16. Based on this passage, which of the five senses does the wife use to perceive her husband’s love for her?
17. What imagery is suggested by the words “washing with water,” “spot,” and “wrinkle?”
18. From this passage, whose body is the wife a part of?
19. Whose example should a husband follow? How should he treat his wife?
20. From this passage, what does the “one flesh” relationship between a husband and a wife represent spiritually?
21. Do you think a wife’s participation in sexual relations with her husband communicates her submission to him?
22. Besides being subject to their husbands, what are wives also commanded to do?
23. Why aren’t wives commanded to love their husbands?
24. What does this passage say to you about a husband’s greatest need in relation to his wife?
25. What does this passage say to you about a wife’s greatest need in relation to her husband?
B. Other Important Passages To Study
- Submission in Marriage. 1 Peter 3:1-7
- Submission to God. Romans 10:1-4; James 4:5-10
- Submission to Government. Romans 13:1-10;
1 Peter 2:13-17; Titus 3:1-2
- Submission to Church Leadership. 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 1 Peter 5:5-7
- Submission in the Workplace. 1 Peter 2:18-25
- Submission Between Christians.
Thanks for your hard work! I trust you learned some new truth this week. Share your answers on your blog and link up in Mister Linky at Chrysalis by Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. Remember to visit the other friendly Marriage Monday participants.
More study questions are available on the Biblical passages (B) above. If you’re curious, please leave me a comment here at Chrysalis Press. If there’s enough interest, I’ll post them as a follow-up.
If you’re new to this site, welcome. This Bible study is part of a discussion on submission in Christian marriage. Please join us on Nov. 5, 2007 for the Marriage Monday Meme at my primary blog, Chrysalis. See you there!
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