Jerry, Fred, and Mark helped us walk through some of the controversies of this passage, especially regarding the word 'submission'.
Jerry describes the accident his family was in on their way back from his mother's funeral in Nebraska on Friday.
Allen leads us in a time of confession of sin and repentance.
Mark, Fred, Greg, and Scott helped walk us through this passage. This outline is adapted from Tony Merida's commentary:
Identity: Don't live as the old man (v 17-19). Live as the new man (v 20-24).
Behavior: Replace lying with truth-telling (v 25). Replace unrighteous anger with righteous anger (v 26-27). Replace stealing with working and giving (v 28). Replace corrupt talk with edifying talk (v 29-30). Replace bitterness and rage with kindness and forgiveness (v 31-32).
This passage can be broken down into three basic sections.
I. A healthy church is marked by spiritual unity (4:1-6).
II. A healthy church is marked by spiritual diversity (4:7-12).
III. A healthy church is marked by spiritual maturity (4:13-16).
[Outline from Tony Merida's Ephesians commentary.]
Jesus promises to give His disciples joy from sorrow and peace in the midst of tribulation.