This past Sunday, we took a break from our series in Matthew, and had the privilege of learning from Dr. Randy Stinson. Randy serves as President of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and as Dean of the School of Church Ministries at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He spoke from 1 Peter 3:7 on how a husband should cherish his wife’s unique personality and use his strength to care for her.
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Questions for reflection and application:
1. Take time as a Care Group to read Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18-24 and 1 Peter 3:7.
2. Randy Stinson said, “At the core of masculinity is how a man treats the women in his life.” As a man, how do you treat your single sisters, your wife, your daughters or the women in the workplace? What does this reveal about your masculinity?
3. Husbands how well do you know your wife? What can you do to get to know her better?
4. Husbands, do you see the differences between you and your wife as God’s blessing for growth or as irritants to endure? How can you grow to embrace God’s work of sanctification through these differences?
5. Is there a difference in how you honor your wife or girlfriend in private and how you honor her in public? Where do you need to repent and change?
6. In what ways have you used or been tempted to use your physical strength to intimidate, abuse or dishonor the women in your life? What does repentance and change look like?
7. As a husband, is life frustrating and confounding? How well are you obeying 1 Peter 3:7? Could the confusion possibly be connected to God’s active opposition and discipline of you? If so, how can you repent and change?
8. If marriage is a picture of the loving unity between Christ and the church, what picture is your marriage displaying?
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