Christ and the Church

Christ and the Church

Christ and the Church

Ephesians 5:22-33

Introduction

This week we will continue in the current series about the basics of the church.  The message this week will focus on the Christ’s role in the church and in turn our role as well.  Please pray that God would be glorified and we would be given understanding as we share in His Word together.

Ephesians 5:22-33 (NASB)

22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

Basic Outline for Sunday’s Message

  1. Christ is Head of the Church
  2. Christ Loves the Church
  3. Christ Nourishes and Cherishes the Church

Study Questions

  1. Why does Paul in Ephesians 5:22-33 connect the relationship of Christ and the church to that of a husband and wife?
  2. What responsibilities does Christ have toward the church?
  3. What responsibilities does the husband have toward the wife?
  4. What does it mean when Paul quotes Genesis 2:24 in verse 31 and says, “The two shall become one flesh.”?

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