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1 Peter 3 - NIV

1 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,

2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.

4 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.

5 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,

6 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.

7 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.

Suffering for Doing Good

8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

10 For,

“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.

11 They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[a]

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b] ; do not be frightened.”[c]

15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—

20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,

21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.


a. 1 Peter 3:12 Psalm?34:12-16
b. 1 Peter 3:14 Isaiah?8:12
c. 1 Peter 3:14 Or fear what they fear
d. 1 Peter 3:19 Or alive in the spirit, in which also
e. 1 Peter 3:21 Or but an appeal to God for a clear conscience

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Always Be Ready
Shared by: Rick Burdette on Feb, 2017
Summary: Christ's Lordship, Readiness to Witness, Hope, Respect
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Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15
Views: 187
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Jesus Descends to Hell?
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Jan, 2017
Summary: Where in the Bible does talk about Jesus descending to hell to preach to the people and what exactly does it mean?
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 128
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Always Ready
Shared by: Curtis E. Nester on Jan, 2017
Summary: Being ready to bear our witness for Christ
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Scripture: 1 Peter 3:13-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 44
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Living in Relationship
Shared by: Curtis E. Nester on Jan, 2017
Summary: How to live in a marriage relationship
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6
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Jesus Brings Us Peace
Shared by: Jonathan Vorce on Jan, 2017
Summary: Jesus wants us to live a quiet and peace-filled life. This sermon addresses that truth and offers practical applications from Scripture to help us help ourselves in this endeavor. It also addresses the concept of the "little ships".
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Holding On To Christmas
Shared by: Jim Caswell on Dec, 2016
Summary: How are we as followers of Jesus to react to the "Christmas War" that is going on in our society? We find the answer in 1 Peter 3.8-16. We must be careful as followers of Christ to reveal His way not ours.
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How to Know the Bible's True
Shared by: James Wallace on Nov, 2016
Summary: Great evidence that the Bible is absolutely the inspired Word of God
Series: How to Know
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5 Flags that can sink our ship
Shared by: Dean Rhine on Nov, 2016
Summary: Ways we stumble in our speech
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:10
Views: 348
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A Ready Witness
Shared by: Dean Rhine on Nov, 2016
Summary: How to be faithful in witnessing
Series: 1 Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:1-14
Views: 117
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The Ultimate Beauty Tip
Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Oct, 2016
Summary: The daughter's of the King have different standards than the daughters of Adam.
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:3-4
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 64
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Set CHRIST apart as Holy and acknowledge Him
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Oct, 2016
Summary: To show that we need to sanctify the LORD JESUS as Holy for He will be the One to give us the right words whenever we are defending our faith.
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Shared by: Michael Grant on Oct, 2016
Summary: A Study in Christian Apologetics
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Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on Oct, 2016
Summary: This survey is provided for those seeking the truth regarding biblical salvation. Take this survey to determine if your faith can stand bible examination.
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Seeking the best for others
Shared by: Mark Aarssen on Sep, 2016
Summary: The virtues of goodness and kindness do not come to us naturally and just like the other virtues of Jesus we need to be taught them. Imagine if you will two small children wanting the same toy at the same time. You get the point. We have to be taught.
Series: Believe
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I Will Never, Never, Never, Never, Never.
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Aug, 2016
Summary: The theologian Adam Clarke notes that in the Greek there are no less than 5 five negatives in this short discourse. I will Never ... Never ... Never ... Never ... Never... leave you or forsake you.
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When Words Alone Aren't Enough
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Aug, 2016
Summary: For those who are resistant to God’s Word consideration beats conversation
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:1-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 209
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Only Christ Matters
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Aug, 2016
Summary: I honor Jesus as holy when I fear the displeasure of God more than I fear the disdain of man
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 210
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Turning the Agony of Defeat Into the Thrill of Victory
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Aug, 2016
Summary: When I follow Jesus He transforms my suffering in the flesh into triumph in the spirit
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 233
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Sanctification: My Goal Changed
Shared by: Archie Norman on Jul, 2016
Summary: What is Biblical Salvation
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 105
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The Holy Women
Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on May, 2016
Summary: A Mother's Day message for those Christian women who struggle with the doctrine of submission.
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Sarah: Beautiful Believer
Shared by: C. Philip Green on May, 2016
Summary: If you want to be a truly beautiful woman, embrace your barrenness and let God use it for His glory, enhance your beauty with a gentle and quiet spirit, and believe in the promises of God.
Series: Mother's Day
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The Just for the unjust
Shared by: Tony Fox on Apr, 2016
Summary: 1 Peter 3:18 is a powerful verse when memorized and utilized in sharing your faith. All of the elements of the gospel are here. Link verse 18 to verse 15. If you want to be ready to answer meditate on this verse and commit it to memory.
Series: 1Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,157
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Peter's exhortation on preparing for suffering
Shared by: Tony Fox on Apr, 2016
Summary: Will there come a time in America when Christians' faith will literally be on trial in courts of law? If you doubt it, you're wrong. We are living in the beginning of those times. What should we do? See what Peter wrote to the strangers scattered abroad.
Series: 1Peter
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God: Why did Jesus have to die?
Shared by: Philip Martin on Apr, 2016
Summary: Palm Sunday sermon
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 116
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Shared by: Tony Fox on Mar, 2016
Summary: Peter writes here about six things that are relevant in the Body of Christ.
Series: 1Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 998
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Answering the Skeptics
Shared by: Derek Geldart on Mar, 2016
Summary: This sermon outlines five ways in which Christians can present the Gospel message to unbelievers in a God-fearing manner.
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Righteous for the Unrighteous
Shared by: Troy Borst on Mar, 2016
Summary: First-person type narrative (Simon Peter's perspective, no acting or costumes needed) exploring: Why did Jesus die? What did He do while He was dead? What is He doing now that He is alive?
Series: 1 Peter
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Four-Part Harmony
Shared by: Troy Borst on Feb, 2016
Summary: The Apostle Peter commands us to “live in harmony” with the people around us which means we are sympathetic, loving, compassionate, and humble when we want to be and especially when we don’t want to be and the people we deal with don’t deserve it.
Series: 1 Peter
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Oh Boy! It's THAT Sermon
Shared by: Troy Borst on Feb, 2016
Summary: The key word today is “submission.” There, I said it. I started my sermon out by using a dirty word. Some of you might think it is a dirty word anyway. Let’s read the passage from Scripture that also uses the dirty word of the day.
Series: 1 Peter
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Jesus Taught Us How to Preach
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Nov, 2015
Summary: We have all experienced that it is much easier to talk about witnessing than to actually witness. Today we will discover that the instructions Jesus gave help to remove the pressure and guilt that Christians sometimes feel about witnessing.