Exercise Submissions Power in Daily Living – April 1st_ 2007 by abstraks


									Teacher Training Notes – 3/28/07                                          Hal Stewart, Minister of Education and Outreach
               Exercise Submission’s Power in Daily Living – April 1st, 2007
                                       Focal passages: 1 Peter 3: 1-12 (HCSB)
Attention Getter: In Peter’s day women who came to know and accept Jesus’ gospel found themselves in a particularly difficult
position of living as believers in an unbelieving household. Peter wrote to encourage and empower these Christian wives by giving
them an influential way to convince their husbands of Jesus power. Throughout the centuries and even today, marriages exist that
are unequally yoked. The believing spouse in the marriage does suffer for their faith. Yet she can turn her situation into an
opportunity for witness to Christ as she responds in a godly fashion. Peter offers advice on this topic that cannot be found
anywhere else in the Bible. And he also offers advice to Christian couples, because harmony in married life strengthens believers
as they face trials in a godly manner. In chapter 2 Peter taught that living successfully as a Christian in a hostile world would
require relating properly in two places: the civil society (2:13-17) and the workplace (2:18-25). At the start of chapter 3, the added
two more places; the family (3:1-7) and the local church (3:8-12).
A. Submission of the Wife (3:1-6)
Discover: The scriptural context of a submissive wife is a loving, responsive, understanding husband. Yet, even if the
husband is a non-believer, submission is appropriate "as to the Lord" (Eph. 5:22). Submission is not: a) mindless, robotic
obedience, b) abandonment of spiritual accountability to God, or c) direct disobedience to God's known will. Submission
is an act of faith and trust in God, which places His glory as a higher priority than my will. It is a voluntary selflessness.
Underline all the characteristics of a submissive wife.
  Wives, in the same way (likewise, referring to passages on civil and workplace submission), submit (be subject to
voluntarily; not forced or demanded or coerced) yourselves to your own husbands (assumes the reality of unbelieving
spouse) so that, even if some disobey (reject salvation through faith in Christ) the [Christian] message, they
(unbelieving husband) may be won over (won to your point of view, rather than choosing to leave your husband)
without a message by the way their wives live (lifestyle, rather than badgering speech; “without a word”), 2 when
they observe (inspect, contemplate) your pure, reverent (clean, irreproachable conduct) lives.
    •    Chuck Swindoll says that observe is an "interesting term, it is the Greek word for a careful observation, a close
         look, like sports fans watching an instant replay of some close call." A wife may demonstrate Christ's love with
         specific, concrete observable actions of undeserved love in the house.
  Your beauty (outward appearance) should not consist of outward things (the superficial preoccupation with dress
and jewelry) [like] elaborate hairstyles (associated with pagan worship of that day) and the wearing (placing around)
of gold ornaments or fine clothes (fascination with fashion and style is not a recent development); 4 instead, [it
should consist of] the hidden person of the heart (inner beauty; see 1 Sam. 16:7) with the imperishable
(incorruptible) quality of a gentle (controlled) and quiet (meek) spirit (disposition), which is very valuable (costly)
in God’s eyes (in the presence of God).
    •     Swindoll writes "Listen, this passage isn't bad-mouthing cosmetics or taking shots at keeping yourself physically
          attractive, ladies. It's just encouraging you to keep it in balance. . . it's a shame some have not learned the
          importance of keeping themselves attractive. All day long their husbands encounter fantastic women, well
          dressed and appealing, and what do they see when they walk in the kitchen at 5:30 p.m.?”
   For in the past (examples from history, former time), the holy (separation from the world) women who hoped in
God also beautified themselves (adorn, put in order) in this way (no outlandish or provocative dress; in good taste by
the correctness of a well fitted garment; see Col. 3:18), submitting (how a woman adorns herself) to their own
husbands, 6 just as Sarah (example of adorning with a quiet spirit) obeyed (listened to; pay close attention to)
Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her children (following her example) when you do good (a choice,
not mindless; proof that you are Sarah’s children) and aren’t frightened (wives of unbelievers must fear God and not be
terrified by husbands that oppose their faith) by anything alarming (during circumstance of living with an unbeliever).
    •    Swindoll writes: "Before your feathers get ruffled by what this says of Sarah (‘obeyed'), it will help you to
         realize the Greek verb means ‘to pay close attention to' someone. It's the idea of attending to the needs of
         another. A positive, helpful response is written between these lines. Wives, please listen closely. If you are the
         energetic type, your tendency will be to dash all over the globe, responding to the needs of people everywhere.
         Clubs, classes, and courses will clamor for your time. And unless you're careful, they'll get it (your time). Even
         church stuff will occupy every hour you'll give. Some of you have become far more concerned about responding
         to others' needs outside the home than to that one individual most important to you within the home."
Application: The key to becoming a better wife (or husband) is to become a better Christian. (Eph. 5:1; Rom. 8:29) It is
to put off "malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and evil speaking" (2:1). It means putting on "love, joy, peace, long-suffering,

Sources – David Self’s www.hislikenessbiblestudy.com; John MacArthur’s Study Guide on 1 and 2 Peter. Rogers and
Rogers’ New Linguistic and Exegetical Greek NT; Church Swindoll’s Strike the Original Match
Teacher Training Notes – 3/28/07                                             Hal Stewart, Minister of Education and Outreach
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Gal. 5:22-23). Our actions should conform to those, which
define love, in I Cor. 13:4-8. Note the briefly the characteristics, either implied or specified, that describe or allude to
Godly wives in the following passages: 1 Sam. 1:1-2, 9-11, 19-29 – Hannah; Matt. 8:14, Mark 1:30; Luke 4:38, 1
Corinthians 9:5 - Peter’s wife.
B. Consideration of the Husband (3:7)
Discover: What does it mean for the husband to “Dwell with Your Wife”? Identify the phrases that relate to personal,
physical, and spiritual love.
 Husbands, in the same way (grace in your relationships, the main idea), live (dwell) with your wives with
understanding (Christian insight and tact, conscious sensitivity to God’s will) of their weaker nature (in the physical
sense, vessel, instrument or jar; she is in need of protection, vision, and strength; a man, pound for pound, has about 60%
more brute strength and larger endurance than a woman; treat her like fine china [as someone of great value] not like a
plastic mug.) yet showing them honor (pay respect; show gratitude; word was used by Josephus to describe the honor
Titus paid his troops after the destruction on Jerusalem) as co-heirs (side-by-side equals) of the grace of life, so that
your (the prayers of the husband) prayers (relationships with others effects our prayerlife – Matt. 5:23-24) will not be
hindered (handicapping, cutting in on).
Application: It means he has love for her that cannot be conquered means. Many men tend to see their wives as the
managers of the home: discipling the children, budgeting the money, etc. . . Often a man will withdraw from
responsibilities in the home, putting a larger burden on his wife. I Timothy 3:4 describes a spiritual leader as "one who
rules (manages, leads) his own home well." A man best leads by an example of servant love. (I Tim. 5:8)
    • An unconquerable love means sharing the same authority: God is our authority, the Bible is His Word.
    • An unconquerable love means sharing the same home: moving out rarely improves a relationship.
    • An unconquerable love means sharing the same goals: these come from God.
C. Compassion of the Body (3:8-12)
Discover: Name the five things the psalmist listed in verses 10-11 which, when done, would assure us of good days.
  Now finally (the conclusion of remarks on submission; with a fresh point to make), all of you (all believers, a general
statement on Christian character) should be like-minded (inward unity that makes a schism unthinkable) and
sympathetic (readiness to enter into and share feelings of others), should love believers (brotherly love), and be
compassionate (tenderness) and humble (putting one’s needs ahead of your own; Jesus in John. 13:1-15), 9 (how to
respond to persecution by non-Christians) not paying back (retaliate) evil for evil or insult (railing or abuse) for
insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing (involves both good words and good actions toward those who persecute
or torment us; blessing is the opposite of cursing) , since you were called (emphasis on the event, not a time) for this,
so that you can inherit a blessing (a free gift, unmerited favor). 10 (quotation from Psalm 34:12-16) For the one who
wants to (desire into) love life and to see good days (a reference to blessings of life) must keep (stop; to cease) his
tongue from evil and his lips (speaking, vocabulary; the condition of the heart will be reflected in the style of speech)
from speaking deceit (focus is on what we are not to speak; good conduct is expected by those who desire God’s
blessings), 11 and he must turn away from evil and do good. He must seek peace and pursue (hunt) it (an active
and persistent effort to have peace; see Matt. 5:9), 12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears
are open to their request (prayers). But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Application: Good days” are not only times when God’s people are sheltered from a difficult times. According to Psalm 34, a
good day is when we experience God’s help and blessing in the middle of trials; we are able to magnify the Lord, experience
answers to prayers, taste God’s goodness, and sense His nearness. Can you identify a time when you had a “good day”?
Closing Truths: Exercising Submission’s Power in Daily Living will have the following result:
         1. Wives are like the bride of Christ: they are to be pure, and reflect Christian actions and attitude (1-6).
         2. Husband's are like Christ: they are to take the leadership in holiness and giving loving devotion to the bride (7).
         3. Christians, who act like Christ, makes the best citizens, employees, and spouses (8-12).
                          1 Peter 2:13-3:12 - Living Among Unbelievers (copied from the MacArthur Bible Handbook)
Christians are exhorted to…                                         Because…
Good Citizens (2:13, 14)                                            Foolish men will be silenced (2:15)
Obedient Servants (2:18)                                            Christ is our example (2:21)
Submissive Wives (3:1)                                              Some unbelieving husbands will be won by the example (3:1,2)
Considerate Husbands (3:7)                                          Their prayers will be heard (3:7)
Compassionate Brothers and Sisters (3:8)                            They will inherit a blessing (3:9)
Sources – David Self’s www.hislikenessbiblestudy.com; John MacArthur’s Study Guide on 1 and 2 Peter. Rogers and
Rogers’ New Linguistic and Exegetical Greek NT; Church Swindoll’s Strike the Original Match
Teacher Training Notes – 3/28/07                                   Hal Stewart, Minister of Education and Outreach

Sources – David Self’s www.hislikenessbiblestudy.com; John MacArthur’s Study Guide on 1 and 2 Peter. Rogers and
Rogers’ New Linguistic and Exegetical Greek NT; Church Swindoll’s Strike the Original Match

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