Submissive Saints 2 - 1 Peter 3:1-7
This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 27th June 2021.
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1 Peter 3 v 1-7 “Submissive Saints 2”
Intro: Marriage as private Property? Absolutely not!
1) Purposeful marriages are produced by submission and consideration
Christians have great purpose, lives of output:
- Unbelieving husbands won over
The salvation of people we love
- Unhindered Prayers
The effective deployment of the most powerful weapon in the universe - prayer.
Christians are to submit to God’s plan for marriage;
In the same way as we are to submit to the authorities
In the same way as we are to submit to harsh slave masters
In the same way as Jesus submitted to the cross
Cool clear water Vs Warm dirty dishwater
Primarily towards God but also towards husband
Husbands be considerate;
Use strength for the good of your wife
Treat your wife as you would treat Jesus.
Treat your wife as Jesus treated you – servant leadership
Marriage marked by submission and Consideration is PURPOSEFUL.
2) Beautiful marriages are produced by submission and consideration
- Beauty that sounds a lot like Jesus (gentle and lowly)
- Beauty that is the responsibility of the whole church family.
- Beauty that comes from God and is offered in Jesus to sinners
- Beauty that is to shine out from the bride of Christ
1 Peter 3 v 1-7 “Submissive Saints 2” Home Group Questions
1) As well as marriage, what areas of our lives are we tempted to treat as ‘back garden areas’ where God is not supposed to intrude? Why do we do this?
2) What does the submission of verse 1&2 look like (and not look like) in practice? Are we a church helping one another to aim for the beauty described in verses 3-6?
3) What does the consideration of verse 7 look like (and not look like) in practice? Why does sin impact our prayers and why should we end up at the cross in this passage?
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