Essential – Week 3


  • What was the most maddening thing your parents did when you were a child?
  • Take 15 minutes to share about what God is doing in your life, share prayer requests and pray together.


Main idea: 

Your life is essential in God’s plan, but not in the way you think.


Going deeper:

  • In light of this week’s sermon, what is new information, challenged, or stood out to you?


Read aloud Ephesians 5:21-33

  • How does the relationship between Christ and the church help explain what Paul means by “submission”?
    • How does that relationship help explain the role of the husband in marriage?
  • To what expression of “headship” – Christ’s and the husband’s – is the wife asked to submit: The sacrificial kind? The bossy kind? Or both?
  • Can a wife’s respect for her husband (5:33) be commanded? Or must it be earned?
    • Why?



  • How does Paul’s teaching about marriage challenge common ideas today?
  • Which affect you?
  • What principles flowing from these passages can you work on to help you be a better spouse (or potential spouse)?
  • How can your group hold you accountable?
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