What difference does it make in a family when its members become Christians?
This is the question that Paul addresses in Ephesians 5:21 – 6:9. The very existence of this text in the New Testament—and there are several more similar passages (see Colossians 3:18–4:1; 1 Peter 2:18–3:7; Titus 2:4–10)—shows us that God is not indifferent about what happens in our everyday lives at home. If Christ is Lord, then he is Lord of everything that takes place in our lives, including the life of our families.
Husbands and wives will relate differently to one another than does a family without Christ, children will treat their parents differently than a child without Christ does, and employees will treat their employers differently because they’ve come to know Jesus as Savior. In our passage this morning, we’re will look at the distinctive mark of a gospel-centered family with a view toward understanding what exactly it is that sets our families apart from the world, and more specifically, how as children, Christ’s presence in us makes it possible to obey and honor our parents to the glory of God.
During this second week of a five week sermon series entitled “It Starts At Home,” we trust that God’s Word will help you better understand how you can build a Christ-exalting home!