6 Outlines


1 Peter 3:1-7



God established marriage and approves of it. - Genesis 2:22-24, Hebrews 13:4

Christians should only marry Christians - 2 Corinthians 6:14-15


God has plans for your marriage.

Christian men will only be truly happy with Christian women that practice 1 Peter 3:1-6.

Christian women will only be truly happy with Christian men that practice 1 Peter 3:7




·        EXHORTATION - Vss. 1-2

Women are encouraged to live in submission to their husbands.

This does not mean that the man is superior to his wife, but for the sake of God's order, she is to submit to her husband's leadership.

Husbands need to remember, however, that they are to help the wives to be submissive by loving them as Christ loved the church. Ephesians 5:25

Women are also encouraged to win their husbands to a Godly obedience by their quiet, chaste conversation.


·        EXPLANATION - Vss. 3-4

Peter is not saying that is wrong to fix one's hair, or to wear jewelry or nice clothes.  He is saying that true adornment is that of a "meek and quiet spirit".


·        EXAMPLE - Vss. 5-6

Sara, and other Godly women of the Bible (Ruth, Esther, Mary) serve as positive examples for the women of today.





The husband is to understand his wife.

The husband is to honor his wife.


·        REASONS

The wife is considered to be the "weaker vessel".

The wife is a "joint heir" of the "grace of life".

A husband's prayers are hindered when he doesn't treat his wife properly.





1 Peter 3:1-9










1 Peter 3:8-12



Many of you have seen the classic Frank Capra Movie, "It's A Wonderful Life", starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.  It is the story of a fictitious hero, George Bailey, who lived the fictitious town of Bedford Falls.  All did not always go well for Bailey. He wanted to go to college, and didn't. He wanted to travel and didn't. He didn't want to work at the Building and Loan that his father and uncle started and did.  He was constantly struggling to keep the Bailey Building and Loan afloat and this caused him much aggravation.  His biggest problem turned out to be missing money that could have landed him in jail.  The point of the movie was that in spite of all his problems and disappointments, George Bailey was a special person.  He saved the life of his brother when they were boys. He married a wonderful girl and had wonderful kids. He helped countless numbers of people by supplying affordable housing, and he was constantly doing good deeds. As an "angel" by the name Clarence showed him, George Bailey had a wonderful life.


Now, It's A Wonderful life was pure fiction, especially the part about the angel named "Clarence."  But it is no fiction that countless thousands of Christians have had wonderful lives in spite of their struggles and hardships.  Think of some of the folks from this church that you know or have known.  They have seen many blessings and have been a blessing to many of you. Because of their relationship to Christ they led and are leading wonderful lives.


You might ask the question, "How can I be sure of having a wonderful life?" As we examine 1 Peter 3:8-12 we will learn how to be sure of having a wonderful life despite frustrations, hardships and trials.


To begin with, I need to remind you that having wonderful life begins at the cross of Calvary were Jesus paid for you sins.

Your wonderful life begins with a faith commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. You can't have a wonderful life without knowing you have eternal life. That's step #1! (You might want to take the time to elaborate on Ephesians 2:1-9 here. I did.)


For those of us who know Christ 1 Peter 3:8-12 shows us how to have this wonderful life. I have summed up what Peter is saying in three words.


CONDUCT - Vss. 8-9

Here is a list of ways to conduct ourselves as part of the body of Christ.

I suggest that you elaborate on each one of them.



When I preach I constantly quote the Scriptures to confirm that what I'm saying is the truth. It is not important what I have to say. It is important what God has to say! Peter confirms that what He is saying is true by quoting Psalm 34:12-16. We need to note that we are to shun evil actions and words in favor of doing good and seeking peace.



Peter is still quoting from Psalm 34.  We can be consoled that the Lord is looking over the righteous and listening to their prayers.  The Lord is also hardened against those who do evil, even though He loves them.




1 Peter 3:7



WISDOM - It is the duty of the husband to understand his wife. He is to dwell with her according to knowledge. Ephesians 5:25


WORTH - The husband is to give honor to his wife. A Christian Husbands should not be constantly embarrassing their wives. Proverbs 5:15-21


WARNING - A husband who does not obey this verse will have his prayers hindered. God does not honor the prayers of a man who is sinning against his wife. Psalm 66:18




1 Peter 3:14-16




Matt 4:18-19 - And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.



Mark 16:14-15 - Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.



Matt 5:14-16 - Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.



Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


Fishermen! The Lord Jesus has called those who know Him as Savior to be "Fishers of Men".  We are called to communicate that same great message of eternal life that saved us to others who have not yet placed their faith and trust in Christ. That's how the early church grew! Acts 11:19-21


Most of us know that we should share our faith in Christ.

If John 3:36 is true, and it is, we need to get the message out to everyone!


Basically, we can say, if we've been born again into the Kingdom of God, we've been BORN TO FISH!


Let's see from this passage what fishing entails.




Vs. 14 - The context in which we find these verses is that of persecution. Peter tells us here, that if we suffer for the sake of righteousness, we are happy! We should feel privileged to suffer for the one who suffered for us. And, we are told that we will suffer for Him as Christians. 2 Timothy 3:12, Philippians 1:29


The opposition will come.  We are told in our text not to be afraid or worried when the opposition gives us trouble.  There are reasons not to be afraid or worried.


1.     Jesus said "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."

2.     The worse thing opposition can do is kill us, and that's an instant ticket to glory.

3.     Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would give us the words to say when we are brought before authorities Luke 12:11-12


Instead of being afraid or worried about opposition, Peter tells us to "sanctify the Lord God in our hearts” in verse 15. 


Christian, you will not be an effective fisherman for Christ unless your heart is right with God. Your actions and your words will not be a good testimony for Christ unless your heart is right with God.


The word "sanctify" means to "set apart".

Inside your heart, the real you, the seat of your emotions, and very being, there needs to be setting apart of the Lord God.

In our text these words actually mean to set apart God as Lord.

In the Trinity, who is viewed as the Lord? The Lord Jesus is! Philippians 2:9-11


If you are a born again Christian, you should set apart Jesus Christ as Lord of your heart!


That means that He is boss.

That means that He is in charge.

That means that He is worshiped and adored.

That means that He can direct you to think, to do, and to say anything that he wishes you to think, do or say.

That's because you have set Him apart as Lord in your heart. Romans 12:1


When you acknowledge Jesus as Lord, you are saying, "Lord Jesus I'll go where you want me to go, I'll do what you want me to do, I'll be what you want me to be."


Witnessing becomes an act of obedience to the one I have made King of my life.




But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason …




1.     Know what you believe. The word "answer" in Geek is the word from which we get our English word "apology". This does not mean to be sorry, but rather to be able to give an apologetic, or a logical defense of the Gospel.

2.     Know the Basic Gospel that a person needs to know in order to be saved.

3.     Ask God to give you a burden for the lost.

4.     Be willing to witness, and ask God for opportunities and the Holy Spirit's direction and power.

5.     Look for the opportunities that God provides.




1 Peter 3:15 - …and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…


The Christian is to be different!

He is to be a doer of good works.

He is to be moral.

He is to love his fellow Christians.

He is to have hope in times of persecution.


When the Christian is different, the unsaved will be able to tell.

When you have hope, an expectation of better things to come, the unsaved will notice.


You will not be anxious.

You will not get as flustered.

You will take mistreatment patiently.

You will have joy and peace.




Because your hope is in the fact that you've been forgiven!

Because your hope is in Jesus Christ who is coming again, at any time! Titus 2:13




1 Peter 3:15 - …and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:


Peter here makes a specification concerning the attitude for effective fishing for men.


Our attitude is not to be a cocky, "I'm better than you are" attitude.


It is not to be an abrasive, unpleasant approach. My Jewish roommate in college was once accosted by a preacher at a skating rink. That approach totally turned him off.


Instead, we are to are to witness with meekness or gentleness, and fear, or reverence, or respect.


Beloved, what we say for Christ is important.

Beloved, how we say it is just as important!


The person being witnessed to must be handled gently, often firmly.

He must also sense the fact that you respect him or her.


Proverbs 15:1 - A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.




1 Peter 3:16 - Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.


Your conscience is an inner witness that tells you when you are doing right or wrong. It is possible to ignore your conscience and to sear your conscience.


But when you obey your conscience, you will know when things are not right!

A good conscience is important in witnessing, because those who don't like your witness will speak of you as an evil doer.


But when you are doing what is right, the accusations will mean nothing to you. And eventually, those who falsely accuse you will be ashamed, if your walk matches your talk.


It behooves us to purify our lives daily so that we can be the best possible witnesses.


1 John 1:9


When we keep short accounts with God, our witness will have power.


If you're a Christian, you've been born to fish, born again to fish for men.


Are you are a fisher of men?

If not, why not?

To be a good fisher of men, a good witness, practice:








This is a greatly expanded edition of a previously shared outline.




1 Peter 3:15-16



We are to be good ambassadors or representatives of Christ, especially during times of suffering (Vs. 14). Here is how we can be good ambassadors for Him:


BE SANCTIFIED - "But sanctify the Lord Jesus Christ in your hearts..."


BE READY - "And be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason..."


BE HOPEFUL - "...of the hope that is in you..."


BE RESPECTFUL - "...with meekness and fear."


BE CLEAN - "Having a good conscience..." - Vs. 16