Resources on Roles & Relationships in Colossians 3:18-4:1

This Sunday, I’ll be preaching on Colossians 3:18-4:1. In a twenty-five minute sermon, you can’t spend adequate time discussing and applying everything mentioned: wives, husbands, children, parents, servants, and masters, not to mention how submission and slavery fit. Below are a few recommended resources for each group as you seek to apply this in everyday life.

Main Idea: Every role and relationship offers an opportunity to follow and reflect Christ. Wherever God has us, we can put on Jesus so he is displayed through our discipleship.

Husbands & Wives

5 Realities of a Wife’s Submission in Marriage” by Erik Raymond at

Submission: A Biblical Principle with a Bad Rap” by Casey Lewis at (For the Church)

Confessions of a Reluctant Complementarian” by Rebecca McLaughlin at

What Will Submission to My Husband Look Like” by John Piper at

How Do You Love Your Wife Like Christ Loves the Church?” by Erik Raymond at

Love Your Wife Like Jesus Love Her” by Tim Counts at

How to Love Your Wife as Christ Loved the Church” by Tim Challies at

6 Ways to Lead and Love Your Wife” by Brad Merchant at

Children & Parents

Momentary Obedience, Forever Honor” and “6 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents” by Tim Challies at

Obeying Parents in the Lord” at

When It’s OK to Disobey Your Parents” by J.D. Greear at

How to Exasperate Your Children” and “Parenting is Hard, but God is Gracious“ by Erik Raymond at

Fathers (and Mothers), Do Not Provoke Your Children!” and “Nurture Your Children” by Tim Challies at

Three Cautions and Encouragements for Dads” by Dustin Crowe at

5 ‘Do Nots’ of Fathering” by R. Kent Hughes

Masters & Servants

Resources on Slavery and the Bible

Keller and Carson: Greco-Roman Slavery versus Race-Based Slavery” at

Why It’s Wrong to Say the Bible is Pro-Slavery” by Gavin Ortlund at

How Can I Trust the Bible When It Was Used to Justify Slavery” by Brandon Cleaver at

Employers & Employees

A Christian View of Management in Ephesians 6:5-9” by Matt Perman at

What Does it Mean to be A Christian Employer?” by Garrett Clawson at

How Do Christians Live Out Colossians 3:23 in Today’s World” by Anne Peterson at

Do Your Work” by Tim Challies at

Resources on Complementarianism Applied

This Sunday, our church begins a four-week series on biblical manhood and womanhood. That could raise dozens of questions to answer and a person’s understanding of manhood and womanhood is applied in many ways. There’s a lot we won’t get to cover, but we’ll consider what it means to be made in God’s image, what biblical manhood and womanhood looks like, and how that applies to singleness and roles in marriage. Our church holds to the theological position known as complementarianism, and this will show up throughout the series.

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