Sunday Happenings 9.20.15

Prayer Concerns                         (From the floor)

  1. Deb Kauffman
  2. Linda Hire
  3. Wayne & Nancy’s daughter-in-law
  4. Troy Runkle
  5. Brad Eby

Praises from Sunday

  1. Danny & Caroline (baby boy)
  2. Marilyn Keck (church visit)

Sermon Highlights

Today as we continued in this series, “This World is not My Home,” we looked at the first seven verses of 1 Peter 3.  In these seven verse Peter is addressing husbands and wives.  He is sharing how we need to act towards one another.  Wives are to submit and husbands are to be considerate to their wives.  In the first part of verse one Peter says this: “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands…”  In the same was as what?  In the same way Jesus treated those who crucified him.  How did Jesus do that?  Chapter two says, “He did not retaliate; He made no threats.”  Wives, in your relationship with your husband, this is what God expects of you.  He expects you to be submissive to your husband.  The more we submit to God, the easier it is to be submissive to your husband.  You see, in order for a marriage to run smoothly, there must be one appointed leader.  God has appointed the husband for that role.  Submission does not mean inferiority.  A wife who accepts her husband’s authority is accepting the relationship that God has designed.  Why is this?  Verse 1 and 2 give us the answer.  “…so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.”

Peter changes gears a little bit here in verses 3 and 4.  He was talking about how wives are to live, in these verses he now talks about how they should look.  “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, 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.”  Peter is not saying that woman can’t make themselves attractive to their husbands, etc.  But what he is saying is that it’s what is on the inside that counts.  It’s your inner beauty and attitude that you have from within that is more important.  In verses 5 and 6 Peter gives us an example for times past of Abraham and Sarah.

Peter goes on to challenge the husbands; “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, 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.” In the same way as what?  In the same way Jesus treated those who crucified him.  That’s how we are to treat our wife.  God tells us that we husbands are too, “treat them with respect as the weaker partner…” Men, we need to take that seriously.  Why?  Because God says if we don’t, our prayers may be hindered.  That means that they will not be heard.  This is serious stuff.

So, in conclusion, “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands…” (v. 1).  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives…” (v. 7).

Announcements

  1. Congratulations to Brad and Ashley Morehouse as they became husband and wife!
  2. Next Sunday, Cory Martin will be our speaker of the morning.  Cory is the chaplain at the Elkhart Co. Prison.
  3. Communion/Love Feast will be take place here at Maple Grove onSunday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. “Do this in remembrance of Me (Jesus)!”
  4. There is a signup sheet for snacks for the Kid’s on Wednesdaynights.
  5. Maple Grove will be serving the Fairfield Football Team a meal thisFriday, September 25.  A donation list will be on the Welcome Center if you would like to help.
  6. Coming October 11, MG Kids will start a new Sunday school program.  This is for preschool through 5thgrade.  Please see Krista Runkle for more details.  If you can help in this ministry, again see Krista.  Also, they are looking for a T.V. to help them in this ministry.  If you have one that works and would like to donate it to the M.G. Kids, please see Krista.
  7. Anyone wanting to crochet or knit please see Lauren Carrick for a get-a-way day at Camp Mack on October 17.  Cost is $15/person.  See Lauren for the registration forms.
  8. Open House for Curt Rowland on Sunday, October 11from 2-4 p.m.  Curt has worked at Camp Mack as the activities coordinator for 12 years.  This Open House is at Camp Mack.

Have a great day!

Pastor Dwayne

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