Summary: Marriage Service Sermon. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: 1 Peter chapter 3 verses 1-8:
• For the first time in her life
• Four year-old Suzie had just been told the story of "Snow White":
• She could hardly wait to get home from nursery school to tell her mommy.
• With wide-eyed excitement, she retold the fairy tale to her mother that afternoon.
• After relating how Prince Charming had arrived on his beautiful white horse,
• And kissed Snow White back to life,
Suzie asked loudly: “And do you know what happened then?"
• "Yes," said her mom, "they lived happily ever after.
• "No," responded Suzie, with a frown, “they got married."'
Sadly we live in a world where people believe the idea:
• That getting married and living happily together
• Do not necessarily go together.
Quote one cynic said:
"Marriage is not a word; it is a sentence".
Quote Jane Austin:
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance".
Quote Mae West:
"Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet".
Compare marriage to the story of, "The Three Little Pigs."
• Like the first two pigs, many couples build their marriages out of straw and sticks,
• Only to have them collapse when adversity blows.
• The more solid, lasting, and enjoyable marriages, however,
• Are built out of the same material that the third pig used i.e. bricks.
The apostle Peter gives us some good advice in these verses concerning:
• The bricks that we need to use,
• If we want to build strong & happy marriages:
• Peter gives us some good advice;
• But notice his teaching is reciprocal.
• That is; teaching that never places all the responsibility on one side:
• When dealing with relationships the advice is always given to both parties.
• - i.e. Gives advice to slaves, he also gives advice to masters.
• - i.e. Gives advice to children, he also gives advice to parents.
• -& So here he gives advice both to wives and husbands.
Note: now if you were listening to the reading you may have noticed something:
• Peter gives six times more advice to wives,
• Than he does to husbands,
• Now don't take that the wrong way!
• It is not that Peter was male chauvinist, who is putting women in their place!
• In fact the opposite is true;
• The extra advice given by Peter is a sign of his respect, love and care!
Remember the time & the culture that this letter was written in:
• And that will explain why these verses unequally divide themselves up like they do.
• In ancient civilization, women had no rights at all.
• Under Jewish, Greek & Roman law women were the possessions of men.
• Property owned by their husbands.
• YET in these verses Peter does not talk to women as objects owned by men,
• That may have been the cultural understanding, but it was not God’s!
• Peter under the guidance of the Holy Spirit says to his readers, the opposite is true;
• The fact he takes the time to advise them, show that he views women as equals!