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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Monday, September 03, 2012

Sermon Notes from "A Heart Adorned with Submission: How Wives of Men Become Daughters of Sarah." Sermon by Mitch Chase.

[From the 10:45AM service yesterday at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. The audio is available HERE.]

1 Peter 3:1-6.

I. Introduction

A. Pervasive confusion regarding marriage in our culture

B. Ephesians 5 [:22ff.]. Marriage is to be a picture of Christ and His Church.

C. Marriage, with Man as head, was established before the Fall.

D. Marriage, as all creation, was cursed in the Fall.

E. Marriage, following NT commands, conforms to the original plan.

F. Marriage should reflect the Trinity: distinct persons, equal in essence, but in different roles.

II. Evangelistic Effect of Submission (vv. 1-2)

A. This command is specifically given to believing wives of unbelieving husbands, though the command is for wives in general as well.

B. The believing wife must live out her faith in the home.

C. "Without a word" does not imply an entire lack of verbal witness (otherwise, what would the husband be "won" to?), but a lack of argumentative confrontation concerning the Faith.

D. Though wives are to respect their husbands, the "fear" [KJV] in this verse is primarily directed to the Lord.

III. Virtuous Adornment of Submission (vv. 3-4)

A. Peter is no more prohibiting jewelry than he is clothing,

B. As with Paul's admonishment that 'physical exercise profits little,' which does not prohibit physical exercise, this verse prompts women to check their focus: what do we value most?

C. xrefs. Prov 31:30; 1 Sam 16:7.

IV. Holy Examples of Submission (vv. 5-6)

A. Women are here encouraged by accounts of godly women in previous generations.

B. Our fear and hope is in the Lord, and this motivates us living in a godly way in the home.

C. xref. Gen 18:9ff.

V. Conclusion

A. We must all be prayerful for wives, especially for those in particularly difficult situations.

B. Wives of unbelieving husbands must consider the mission of their submission.

C. ex. Mother Monica.

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