Prison Epistles Lesson 14

Living It Out: Masters and Slaves

Ephesians 6:5-9
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  1. Does the Bible condone slavery?
    1. The Bible consistently presents freedom and deliverance from bondage as good.
    2. Paul does not call for an end to slavery, but he does not condone slavery.
    3. Paul transforms the institution of slavery by placing masters and slaves equally under God’s authority.
    4. The biblical teaching that all people are created in God’s image is the foundation for the elimination of slavery.
  2. The duty of employees. (Ephesians 6: 5-7)
    1. Obedience
    2. Respect
    3. Sincerity
    4. Honesty
    5. Good will
  3. The rewards of faithful service. (Ephesians 6:7-8)
  4. The duty of employers. (Ephesians 6:9)


  • There is no hierarchy of value.
  • As a slave of Christ, your work matters.
  • Your audience in all things is God.