Bethel Church, WA
May 9, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Ephesians 5:18-33


May 9, 2021 / Ephesians 5:18-33

We must rely on God’s Word for the of marriage.

Genesis 2:23-24;
Genesis 3:12-13;
Genesis 3:16;
1 Corinthians 7:7;
1 Corinthians 7:17;
Matthew 22:30;
1 Corinthians 7:31

We must rely on the Spirit for and marriages.

Marriage is a relationship in which husbands and wives demonstrate submission toward one another.

1 Corinthians 15:28

Wives demonstrate Christ-like submission by the spiritual of their husband.

A following that is

A following that has

A following that has a

Husbands demonstrate Christ-like submission by lovingly to themselves to meet every of their wife.

A love that is

A love that is

A love that is




  1. Read Ephesians 5:18-20.
    A. Is there a song that has encouraged you in your walk with Jesus?  How did it speak to you?
    B. Recount a time when a fellow Christian told you of a song that impacted them spiritually. 
  2. How can we thank God for everything–even for circumstances that appear bad? See Romans 8:28 and James 1:2-4. 
  3. Take a look at Ephesians 5:21-24.
    A. What does it look like for a wife to submit to her husband? Also see 1 Peter 3:1-6.
    B. Why do you think that so many people find these passages uncomfortable?
    See Genesis 3:16.
  4. In vv. 25-30, Paul mentioned several ways that Christ loves the Church. For each of these ways, what is a practical parallel of how a husband should love his wife? Also see 1 Peter 3:7.
  5. Read Ephesians 5:31-32. How is marriage like the relationship between Christ and the Church?
  6. Verse 33 is a summary. Why do you think Paul emphasizes a husband loving his wife, and a wife respecting her husband?


In our society, marriage is often seen as a contractual obligation that can be dissolved when it no longer “feels right.” But the Bible points to a different vision for marriage. Think and pray about what the Lord is saying to you in this passage. If you are married, is He calling you to repent of any thoughts, attitudes, or actions toward your spouse? If you are unmarried, what is He telling you about your relationship to Christ and other believers through this passage?


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