God’s Divine Design: Submission

Janet Aucoin February 6, 2019

I. Laying the Foundation: Jesus Christ, Our Example

A. Who He is.

  • John 1:1-4, 14 & 18
  • John 5:16-18
  • Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9-10

Summary of who Christ is:

B. How He modeled submission.

Summary of how Christ submitted:

II. Definition of submission:

The Greek word for submission is a military term. It means to place in proper order or to be ranked under.

What are roles or relationships where submission occurs?

III. Principles of submission:

A. Key Passage: Ephesians 5:21-24, 33

B. Biblical submission is NOT:

  • A concept defining womanhood
  • A degrading idea
  • An excuse to not think or talk
  • An excuse to be passive
  • A position of inferiority

C. Biblical submission IS:

  • God’s plan for function and order
  • My responsibility
  • Continuous
  • Mandatory
  • Extensive
  • A reflection of our love for God
  • A positive concept
  • A blessing!

Summary: Philippians 2:1-11

Submission is working as a united team--striving for unity, not autonomy. Submission is humbly putting someone else's needs and concerns before mine, and then doing something to help that person. Submission is being like Christ. Living for a purpose far bigger and grander than myself!

Janet Aucoin


Janet is the Director of Women's Ministry at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); Host of the Joyful Journey Podcast (helping women learn that when you choose truth you choose joy); ACBC certified; teacher in Faith Community Institute; Coordinator of FBS seminary wives fellowship, retreat and conference speaker; B.S. Human Resources, University of South Florida.