Summary: In times of trouble, what are you hoping in? “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
1. A. What is the whole book of I Peter about? I Peter 1:3, 1:13, 1:21, 3:5
1. B. What does it mean to hope in God? What does the future hold for us? Psalm 2:1-12, Psalm 121:1-2, Proverbs 31:25-30, Revelation 19:4-9
1. C. How are we insructed to respond to adversity? In whom have you placed you trust? I Peter 3:13-18
2. A. What is marriage, and in particular, the woman’s role, all about?Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18-25, Proverbs 14:1, I Peter 3:1-7
2. B. On what is a Godly marriage based? In our passage, I Peter 3:1-6, how are women adorned? What have they placed their trust in? In what way are they beautiful? To whom are they submissive? Psalm 127:1, I Peter 3:1-6
2. C. This matter of submission is ear jarring and counter-culture today. Please note the following:
1) This command is to wives, not husbands; nowhere are husbands commanded to enforce this command given to wives.
2) This command does not speak to relative worth (see I Corinthians 11:8-12). Men and woman are equal (“fellow heirs”), but different, and with different roles in marriage (see I Peter 3:7 and the above passages in Genesis). The same word for helper in Genesis 2 is used of God throughout the Old Testament (see Psalm 33:20, 46:1, 70:5, 115:11, 121:1-2).
3) This command is not absolute. Absolute submission is to God and God alone.
4) This command is central to God’s instruction regarding marriage (see Ephesians 5:22, Titus 2:3-5, I Peter 3:1, Colossians 3:18).
5) This command “is precious in the sight of God” (I Peter 3:4)
3. A. Why are wives called to submit in I Peter 3:1-2?
3. B. What kind of man is referred to in I Peter 3:1 and how are they to “be won”? I Peter 2:8, 3:1-6, I Timothy 2:8-11
3. C. What do holy women hope in? Psalm 119:2, I Peter 3:5, Romans 5:1-5, 10:11, Hebrews 11:6,
John 15:5, 8, 11, Philippians 2:9, 4:13