Begin this session by reading Scripture and answering questions to reflect on the selected Bible verses.
The Prison Epistles: the books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon are grouped together because they come from a similar setting and have similar material.
Paul teaches us in Ephesians that salvation is a dramatic transformation of who we are, deep down in our very being.
Paul instructs us to put off our old self by rejecting the attitudes and behaviors that separated us from God in the first place, and put on our new self by embracing attitudes and behaviors that build our walk with God.
How a husband relates to his wife, or a wife to her husband should be based on how Christ relates to the Church. In the same way that Christ loved and served the church, a husband and wife should love and serve each other.
To what degree do you embrace the idea that salvation is a radical transformation of who you are? Is this faith easy or hard to live out on a daily basis? How does your view of salvation align with Paul’s teachings?
In what ways does embracing Paul’s perspective on the nature of salvation make it easier to cast off the old self and put on the new self? How have you cast off your old self and become the new person God created you to be?
If you are married, to what degree do you fulfill Paul’s guidance on how a husband and wife are supposed to relate to one another? What would happen if you related to your spouse based on what Christ did for the Church? What can you do to implement this in your life?