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Everyday Households That Change the World

Ephesians 6:1-9

November 15, 2020 • Eric McKiddie

Many of us think of home as a place of retreat. It's where we go to rest from labor, escape the busyness of life, a veg out on Netflix. The Bible's vision for the household is much bigger than that. It views each family as an outpost for the kingdom of God, stationed strategically to make a difference in the world. How does the Bible teach this, and how might we pursue that vision for our home? Ephesians 6:1–9 [1] Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. [2] “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), [3] “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” [4] Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. [5] Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, [6] not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, [7] rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, [8] knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. [9] Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. (ESV)

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