THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 98th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: A COVENANT OF MUTUAL LOVE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: FAMILY COMMITMENT
Printed Text: Ephesians 5:21-33
KEY VERSE: Ephesians 5:21 (NIV) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 98th Edition, 2018-2019
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: In an ever-changing and increasingly complex society, the focus on self-indulgence has endangered a healthy concept of family. How do we make commitment to God and family central to our well-being? Paul said that a committed relationship must be sought in which husbands, wives, and children love, honor, and respect both God and one another.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Paul called for universal love, honor, and respect to be prominently displayed within the family and within marriage, which was the first institution created by God. The relationship between a husband and wife transcends the physical, emotional, and psychological dimensions and touches the spiritual. As husbands practice loving their wives like Christ loves the church, this will inspire wives to show respect and support to their husbands. All of this will cultivate oneness with a married couple, just as there is to be oneness between Christ and the church.
PRAYER: Lord, make us one in marriage and make us one as a body of Christ, just as Jesus prayed that we might be one. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen