Summary: Marriage Service Sermon. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

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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!

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