by Eddie Snipes

Husbands, Priests and Fathers
Eddie Snipes
Ephesians 5:22-33

In honor of Father's Day I want to take a look at the role of fatherhood. Husbands and wives are partners together in fulfilling God's design to build healthy relationships and healthy families. A family is a symbol of God's complete design. If the family is dysfunctional, so will the church and the people in the church. The goal of this study is to take a deeper look at how the man fits into God's perfect design. When each member of this God ordained institution submits to God by taking ownership of their roles and responsibility, the family becomes a powerful testimony of God. When husbands and wives become self-focused and reject God's design, the family will be weak at best. At worst, the family collapses and there is no limit to how far down people can go when the product of a family is pain. The role of a father is vital to the health of the marriage and the value that must be produced in children.

I will break this study into two parts. We'll examine the man's role as a husband and a priest, then will end by examining the role of fatherhood. I believe that to successfully fill this role, a man must first be a godly reflection of the family's spiritual leader and this enables him to be a stable husband and equipped father. It must be in that order. A man who neglects his spiritual role has already undermined God's design. Likewise, a man who fulfilling the role of a husband, cannot effectively execute the role of fatherhood.

Husbands and Priests
Let's begin by looking at Ephesians 5:22-33 (read passage)

This passage gets convoluted in today's ideology. This passage is abused in two ways. Some groups look at this as a license to dominate and others look at this as unjust to women. But if you look at the passage without filtering it through modernistic thinking, this critical passage becomes very clear. In this study, I am not going to look at the wives role, but only how it applies to ...

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