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March 19: A Divine Posture for Marriage (1 Peter 3:1-6)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.

Adult Education

Josh Herring will continue a series on spiritual disciplines at 10 am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).

1 Peter 3:1-6

1) Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2) when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3) Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4) but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 5) For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6) as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and rdo not fear anything that is frightening.

Sermon Summary

Peter, continuing his instruction to the church on how to live as pilgrims in this word, turns his attention to marriage. He begins by calling Christian wives, even those with unbelieving husbands, to conduct themselves in godliness and pursue an inward beauty and anchor their hope in God so that they might walk in fearlessness. Marriages have never been easy and yet is a place that can demonstrate the power and joy of the gospel as we seek his glory in marriage. This word is also instructive to those who are not married because it paints a correct portrait of the struggles faced and prepares those who will be married one day.

Review and Apply

How does the world view submission? How does the Bible challenge this view?

How would you define submission? What is submission not?

What is the impact on others of a godly life, marked by humility, respect and purity? Where are these marks found in your life?

How do your efforts at external beauty compare to your efforts at internal beauty?

What does God view as precious in the woman?

How does Peter use Sarah as an example of godliness?