If a friend came to you for help with some serious marriage problems and they were looking for sound biblical advice, where in the Bible would you look to give them that advice? Or how about this. You are a community group leader, and two ladies in your community group have grown to hate each other. They talk badly about each other and cut each other down. What book of the Bible would you teach from to address this? Or maybe you are a youth leader and you overhear several junior high boys completely rip apart another boy in the group so viciously that the 12 year old boy they are berating refuses to ever come back to youth group. What Bible passage would your next Sunday school lesson be from? Where would you turn to give advice to a sexually addicted friend or a fellow parent struggling with a rebellious child? Or to confront a gossipy person or a friend who drinks too much? One last scenario. What chapter in the Bible would you turn to if the godliest person you knew came to you and said, “I give up. I can’t do it any more. I’m beat down, depressed, discouraged, and I can’t fight any longer.” What would you tell them? Could you open your Bible and encourage them?
In every one of these scenarios, I would turn to the same three chapters. If you look at my Bible, the pages of these three chapters are dirty, tear stained, and crinkled. If you drop my Bible, it falls open to these two chapters. Over the next few weeks, we are going to walk through them. If you stick with me through this entire series, we will discuss how to parent biblically, how to strengthen and heal your marriage, and how to face depression, anger, fear, and discouragement. We will discuss how we as believers can overcome life-dominating sins, wrong thinking, and even how we can repair broken or hurting relationships. These three chapters are powerful. The passage is Ephesians chapters 4, 5 and 6.