Hope Greater Than the Challenges of Marriage


Section 1

1 Peter 3:1-7 - “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”

"How ironic it is that words that first-century slaves, wives and husbands would have read as affirming and empowering are criticized by some today as enslaving and oppressive." (Karen Jobes)

  • What would it be like if Christians, because of the hope within them, started cheerfully behaving in a different way?
  • Because of our hope in Jesus, Peter says that there are two big goals we strive for:
    • Non-Christ following husbands be won to faith (vs. 1)
    • Christ following couples should be able to pray together and to do so effectively (vs.7)
  • What is Peter's desire here? He does not want couples to mis-represent the hope we have in Jesus.

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