The Untold Story of Biblical Submission

February 25, 2024   /   Pastor Kyle Bonenberger   /   City Church

The Untold Story of Biblical Submission.

| Ephesians 5:22-6:9 | Proverbs 18:22, 22:6, 30:18-19 | Romans 12:10 | 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 | Colossians 3:14 | 1 Peter 4:8 |

  • Christians submit to a perfect/sinless as our in this up .

  • Christian spouses: Forget about and focus on mutual , , and .

  • Christian parents: a real and kids will be most to .

  • Christians in the workplace/school: one another and it as if you’re doing it for .

What’s in it for me?

| Jeremiah 17:10; Matthew 25:21 | Luke 6:23, 35 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 | 2 Corinthians 5:10 | Ephesians 6:3, 8 | Colossians 3:23-24 | 1 Timothy 6:17-19 | 1 Peter 5:4 |

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Small Group Questions


What do you think?

From Sunday’s message, what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you?

The story of your life.

  1. Have everyone share a “high/low” from their week in 60 seconds or less.

  2. On Sunday, we looked at the topic of biblical submission as it pertains to marriage/family, to the workplace, and ultimately to God. Tell about a time in your life when you had to submit yourself to someone else’s authority/plan and God rewarded you for it.

Digging deeper in God’s Word.

  1. Perhaps the greatest story of biblical submission in the Bible happened in the Garden of Gethsemane. It’s found in all four Gospels but let’s read the account from Matthew 26:36-46. Read it out loud together and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few group members recap the key points of the story using their own words.

    2. What does this story tell us about God? Submission? People & ourselves?

  2. When it comes to the topic of submission, human nature leads us to think in terms of hierarchy and pecking order. Jesus didn’t seem very concerned about that when he walked and ministered on planet earth. By extension, we probably should be less concerned with it as well. Perhaps the greatest and most practical unpacking of biblical submission is in Philippians 2:1-11. Read it together and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few group members highlight the key tenets of the passage.

    2. What does this passage tell us about God? The real picture of biblical submission? People & ourselves?

    3. In light of this, is there anything you need to do differently?

  3. Finally, read through the following verses one at a time and share an insight from each one on biblical submission.
    1. Proverbs 3:3-6.

    2. Matthew 11:28-30.

Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone in the group share one thing someone else said that struck a chord with you in the discussion.

  2. Break up into smaller groups and pray for one another (preferably men with men and women with women).

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