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Stephen Bailey - Sunday, 27 August 2023

Proclamation and Practice in Marriage

Our marriages will look different. God designed marriage to mirror the love of Christ for the church and of the church for Christ. As such, a marriage that does this will be a place where Christian growth and mission is bound to be the result. Peter gives some clear directions on how to conduct oneself honourably in marriage that is different to the way society tells us marriage should be, that is not always easy. But we have a perfect template to base our behaviour on!

Scripture References: 1 Peter 3:1-7, Psalms 31:1-24, Genesis 1:24-31

From Series: "1 Peter"

Peter is the apostle I most identify with. He is the right-hand man of Jesus who often gets it—and commonly stumbles. He takes, in my reckoning, close to 15 years to truly understand the grace of Jesus. And, when he does, he writes a letter like 1 Peter—follow Jesus, where you are—He is the cause and template of your life as God’s mob. The context is that of God’s mob scattered, right throughout Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). They are regarded as strange and different, misfits in a Roman Empire that ‘killed’ their Lord! And Peter exhorts them: ‘this is the true grace of God. Take your stand in it!’ (1 Peter 5:12)


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