Families have a mandate for husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church, for wives to submit to their own husband as to the Lord, and for children to honor their parents in the Lord (Ephesians 5:22-33). When Paul writes this letter to the Ephesians, he is writing to the church and therefore his address is to believers.
Within this clear mandate is the clarion call for mutual submission. The authority the husband is given and the essential role over children by their parents is clear. A husband and wife exercise their God-ordained role by service and sacrifice to one another (1 Corinthians 7:3,4), parents also provide that same level of unselfish service to their children in their nurturing and training (Deuteronomy 6;6,7; Psalm 78:6,7), and children are to regard their parents with great respect as they seek to obey (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1).
Therefore, our mission is for the family to be an example of submission and service to a lost and dying world. We seek to accomplish this task by training, teaching, encouraging, correcting, and admonishing families (2 Timothy 3:16; 4:2) to walk in love (Ephesians 5:2), walk in the light (Ephesians 5:9), walk in wisdom (Ephesians 5:15-17), and walk in the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-21).