Expanding Freedom through Submission

Written By Gabriel Coyle

Campus Pastor - Downtown

The disciplines are practices at their core where the Spirit of God does His work of shaping us more into the image of Jesus.


Practice the discipline of submission in this way today.



  • Who are the people you are called to submit to?
    Make a brief list.
  • Pick one person or group from your list. What is one practical way you can practice submission to them, or what is one situation you will face when you will have the opportunity to practice submission to them? Create a plan that will enable you to practice this in the next few days.
  • Commit this plan to God in prayer and ask that God would transform you more into the image of Jesus as you follow His example of submission to others.



  1. Mark Gottsch

    Other than Christ, Who is it I am called to submit to?

    I don’t think I understand the question?

    • Gabe Coyle, Campus Pastor - Downtown Campus

      Mark, great question! These are the kinds of questions we are wanting to grow into answering together over the following weeks. A great place to start would be to return to the blog on the previous Tuesday and wait for each Tuesday as we share a blog that invites us to go deeper in our biblical understanding this Jesus shaped practice.

      One thing you could do as well is to write out your current list of those you think you should submit to right now and see how that grows or changes over the next weeks as we navigate Scripture together.

      Thank you for your question, and we look forward to growing together in God’s word through God’s ways with God’s people!

  2. Ramona Crawford

    As I have gotten older I am learning that submission is not, metaphorically speaking, a hammer to be used to beat me into silence and keep me barefoot and in the kitchen. (Not that there’s anything wrong with being barefoot and in the kitchen. Its the beating part I don’t like.) True submission is to become a servant as Christ was a servant; to use all the talents and gifts God has given me to their fullest extent. I have misinterpreted how to be in submission. I believed it was a binding of my talents and my voice, not the full expression of God’s love through my spirit, my body, and my mind. Just in the past few years have I begun to realize that submission is so much more than what I thought it was. It is a love that flows from God through me and allows me to see how I can truly help others around me and to ask for and receive help for myself when I need it.

    Thanks for this new format. Taking me awhile to get used to it but I think I’m going to really like it.

    • Gabe Coyle, Campus Pastor - Downtown Campus

      Ramona, what a great word! As we learn God’s ways, we need to un-learn some distortions along the way. Next week we are going to explore some of the ways that this discipline as been abused and misused. So grateful for your engagement!

  3. Daniel Cribbs

    Is submission considered to serve others or to let others go and let God.

    • Gabe Coyle, Campus Pastor - Downtown Campus

      Daniel…great question! In many ways it seems the biblical response is a both/and rather than an either/or. Looking forward to going deeper into this discipline both in practice and understanding over the next weeks.

      Thank you for joining us for the journey!


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