One Anothering One Another
October 14 - 20  •  Week 6: Submit to One Another


This week we take a deeper look at what it means to submit to one another. Time and time again the Scriptures demonstrate in response to Jesus’ willingness to submit to us, we are to submit to one another. By choosing to leverage all we have for one another’s benefit, we can mutually see God’s Kingdom experienced through love for one another. We can overcome the debt/debtor record system that destroys our relationships by submitting to one another to the benefit of others.

Main Point: 

Submitting to one another means choosing to leverage all I have for your benefit. 

Discussion Questions

  1. “Submit.” What a scary word! What are your initial thoughts or feelings when you hear that word? 

  2. Discuss the difference between how the world views submission and how the writers of Scripture define submission.

  3. Share and experience where you “submitted” to someone else even though it was difficult. What was the outcome? Do you see any way that God honored that submission in your own life? 

  4. Read Ephesians 5:21-6:9. In regards to husbands, wives, children, fathers, slaves, and masters, what does submission look like for each of these people? What are examples of what submission is to look like from one follower of Christ to another? 

  5. On Sunday, Pastor John said, “If your relationship with a person has been reduced to a debt/debtor relationship, you can’t give or receive love.” This is a powerful statement with many relational implications. What comes to mind when you hear this statement? 

  6. John challenged each of us to ask ourselves, “How can I leverage all I have for the benefit of other people in my life?” Think about that question for a moment. Each person give an example from their own life. 

Next Step Challenge

As we finish our time together let us commit to two things. First, let’s commit to never abuse or misuse our power over another through threat or force. This goes against everything Jesus stands for and as does not reflect His Kingdom. Second, let’s commit to seek opportunities to submit to one another (in our homes, communities, and workplaces) as an act of honor and worship to God. And finally, let’s pray together to see God’s Kingdom advanced in and through our mutually submissive relationships. 

Key Verse 

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Ephesians 5:21

All other Scripture References 

John 13:34-35; Mark 10:32-45; Ephesians 5:1; Ephesians 5:21-6:9