Os Guinness has observed that one of the trends that poses a threat to the church is the fragmentation of life. With the explosion of cities, communication and travel, our lives are lived in completely different spheres. We might drive an hour to work or to church or to engage in extracurricular activities. Each sphere may have different purposes, priorities and expectations all of which may pressure us to live fragmented lives. That is, we are tempted to go with the flow and accept all the differences of the different places where we live life as natural and normal and then live slightly differently in each place. We are fragmented. Yet as followers of Jesus Christ we are called to an uncompromising integration and integrity in our lives. Our entire lives, every aspect of them in every different place in which we find ourselves is to be lived out under the gracious rule of Jesus Christ and the influence of the Gospel. As John R. Mott once said, “If Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.”
We have been considering the mission statement of The Bridge Church at Bear Creek, and recently we have been thinking about what the Scriptures say about knowing the Gospel and living the Gospel. For the next few weeks we will be camping out on living the Gospel and meditating on what the Scriptures teach us about living the Gospel with integrity in the different contexts of our lives, namely, home, work, church and neighborhood. This week we will consider living the Gospel at home.
Martin Luther is credited with coining the term “haustafeln” which means a summary table of rules for the relationships in a household. We find these household rules expressed most clearly in Ephesians 5:22-6:4 and Colossians 3:18-4:1. We will give our attention to the passage in Ephesians.
Pray: As you begin your meditation this week, you might let Psalm 127 shape the content of your prayer, and ask the Lord of all to speak to you about the Gospel lived out in your home.
Read: Ephesians 5:22-6:4
Meditate: The questions given below are designed to help you think through what the Lord tells us about how our relationships at home should be lived under the Gospel of Jesus Christ.