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Thursday, March 23, 2006

A real God for real people (part 2)

It's the end of the quarter, and time to apply some of the ideas you've been talking about. That's why I've adapted an earlier blog for this week's lesson -- see what you can do with it!

Click on the title, and read the article in The New York Times about the problem of battered women in a very traditional society. (If they ask you to register, go ahead and do it -- it's free.)

Now that you’ve read the article, imagine you’re a pastor in that part of the world. Several women in your church have asked you for advice on how to deal with this problem.

  • What kind of advice would you give – both short-term and long-term? How might this advice differ from that given to a woman living in the United States? Why?
  • How would the advice you gave church members in a traditional society differ from that given by Paul in Ephesians 5:21-6:9? How would it be the same? Why?
  • Does Paul spend more time talking about the duties of wives to their husbands, or the duties of husbands to their wives? Why? What does this suggest about his priorities?
  • How might you apply Paul’s advice to American families today – or is our situation so different that it is simply irrelevant? How much of Paul's advice in these verses is a "timeless principle," and how much of it is an application of that principle to a particular situation in a specific time and place?

In short, how do you follow Jesus in a family that is not ideal?


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