In Preparation for Meeting: May 13, 2012

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“Be subject to one another out of¬†reverence¬†for Christ”

In Celebration of Discipline Richard Foster writes, “Every discipline has its corresponding freedom. What freedom corresponds to submission? It is the ability to lay down the terrible burden of always needing to get our own way. The obsession to demand that things go the way we want them to go is one of the greatest bondages in human society today. People will spend weeks, months, even years in a perpetual stew because some little thing did not go as they wished, they will fuss and fume. They will get mad about it. They will act as if their very life hangs on the issue. They may even get an ulcer over it. Frankly, most things in life are not nearly so important as we think they are. Our lives will not some to an end if this or that will not happen” (Foster, 97).

This week we are looking at Ephesians chapter five, which includes the following in verse twenty-one: “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

Below are some queries to help prepare your heart and mind for worship:

What makes submission difficult? What would make submission easy?

When is submission wrong?

How might our understanding of submission be understood in light of the theme of “unity” in Ephesians?

When have you demanded/expected submission from others when you could have been practicing submission yourself?

Meeting for worship begins at 9:30am.