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2)GG Questions 07/01/2018
Living Hope: The ‘S’ Word 1 Peter 3:1-12
1. Close Reading: After praying for God to enlighten your mind, read through 1 Peter 3:1-12 a couple times, slowly. Look for these three things: LIGHTBULB – something that shines from the passage, draws your attention; QUESTION MARK – something difficult to understand; ARROW – a personal application. Share the results of your study with your group.
2. Adorning (3:3-4): Some have taken Paul’s words, “Do not let your adorning be external” to indicate that it is morally wrong for a Christian woman to wear jewelry, makeup, or fashionable clothing. What do you think Peter was trying to communicate in these verses? How does Peter reevaluate feminine beauty in a society which valued women only for their physical looks and ability to bear children? What effect can such beauty have on one’s unbelieving family (1 Pet. 3:1; 1 Cor. 7:14)?
3. To Husbands (3:7): Husbands are generally physically stronger than their wives … women being more like fine china, and men more like iron skillets. What is the connection between husbands “showing honor” to their wives and the woman being the “(physical) weaker vessel” (1 Cor. 1:26-30; 12:22-25; James 2:5)? And how might a husbands’ “prayers be hindered” by not treating their wives with honor and understanding?
4. Finally (3:8-12): Peter begins 3:8 with the word, “finally,” as a means of bringing to a close a section in his letter he began back in 2:13 regarding submission to authority. Do you see any connection between the content of 3:8-12 and 2:13-3:7? Summarize in your own words what you think each of the 5 characteristics listed in 3:8 means and what they would look like in your life.