Scripture Reading: I Peter 3:1-12.
Memory Verse: “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.” (I Peter 3:10)
Peter continues his presentation on the expected duties of a Christian. We will center on a husband-wife relationship and also our relationship within the corporate body of Christ
We must be careful in our study that we gain the proper intentions of the writer. Peter is not condoning slavery in the marital setting. ‘‘The word subjection has no thought of inferiority or servile subjection. It describes the relation peculiar to believers, that is, the Christian grace of yielding ones’ preference to another. The phrase ‘without the word’ is literally ‘without speech,’ meaning the silent preaching of conduct” (Edgar C. James).
Not to be taken lightly is the tenderness man is to show toward the gentler sex. The mutual consideration, then, is carried over to the corporate conduct of all of God’s people.
- What is the purpose for wives to be in submission, especially when their husbands are unbelievers? I Peter 3:1-2. How does this fit into our current teachings on humanism, equal rights, and personal freedom?
- How does the world usually judge beauty? I Peter 3:3; I Timothy 2:9. How do most television commercials portray today’s woman?
- Discuss the more accurate description of a beautiful woman. I Peter 3:4-5; I Timothy 2:10. Husbands, do you recognize and appreciate this quality when it shines forth?
- Who is cited from the Old Testament as an example? I Peter 3:6; Genesis 18:12. Discuss the phrase “not afraid with any amazement.”
- Okay, guys! Does the Lord leave us out? I Peter 3:7; Ephesians 5:25.
- Analyze the three considerations a husband is expected to show toward his wife.
- [a] As unto the weaker vessel.
- [b] As being heirs together of the grace of life. Galatians 3:28-29.
- [c] That your prayers be not hindered. I Timothy 2:8.
- How is the corporate body of Christ supposed to respond to one another? I Peter 3:8; Ephesians 4:32.
- What does the corporate body forfeit when they resort to carnal tactics? I Peter 3:9. How are those handled who do such? Romans 12:17-19.
- Discuss the advantages of an environment of PEACE in the church. I Peter 3:10-11.
- What is a strong reason for enforcing proper corporate conduct? I Peter 3:12.
EXTRA-MILE QUESTION: Are you a blessing to your marriage and your church? As you address these thoughts, seek God for guidance and strength. Find and list five scriptures that will encourage you to improve.