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Roles and Responsibilities (30 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 5:21-33

How many of you have ever been a part of a team in some way, shape, or form? Every team is different, and every team definitely has different dynamics and styles of leadership. What have you experienced?

An interesting thing about a team is that everyone has to work together. On a soccer team, for example, there are forwards, fullbacks, and many other positions, but each and every one is submitted and committed to the overall team objectives and rules of play.

Relationships in marriage, and in the Church as a whole, have similar qualities to those of a soccer team. Different believers are assigned different roles and positions, but the fulfillment of those assignments reflects a common submission to Christ.

Main Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33

- Focus on verse 28 for roles of community and companionship.
- Focus on verse 23 for roles of leadership.
- Focus on verse 22 for roles of following.

EQUIP: Ground 'roles'

Read EPHESIANS 5:21-33 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: Roles of community and companionship

- Paul shows how the different roles in marriage function like a team (v. 28). Each person has a distinctive role, but together they form one body.
- Marriage partners simultaneously minister to and enjoy community and companionship with one another (1 Cor. 7:4).

Have you ever watched a soccer game? Each team member fulfills their role in a different way, yet every position works toward the common objective of team victory. When each person performs their job well, every team need is met.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul shows how the different roles in marriage function like a team: ''Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself'' (v. 28). When you pour out your love to your spouse, you are helping your team to win an ...

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