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Jul 26, 2020

Living Beauty (Click Here for Resources)

Passage: 1 Peter 3:1-7

Speaker: Brian Land

Series: 1 Peter

Category: Grace Brevard

Keywords: holiness, service, submission, marriage, sacrifice, humility, leadership, obedience, respect, reverence

Marriage is a dance between two valuable, gifted and precious children of God made more dynamically beautiful when both husband and wife are deeply secure in how beautiful and precious they are in the Lord to the point that they can mutually serve and sacrifice for one another. The choreography of this dance begins with the husband being called to sacrificially serve and lead his wife into becoming the woman God created her to be, followed by the wife’s calling to love and honor her husband by letting him, even helping him, stumble forward in following Jesus, the Great Groom of us all.

GBV Live 7/26/2020 from Grace Brevard on Vimeo.

Order of Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP: Revelation 19:5-8


  • You Keep Hope Alive
  • How Great Is Our God
  • Sovereign Over Us
  • Band: Stu, Reed, Emily Jones

MESSAGE: Living Beautifully

CENTRAL TEXT:  1 Peter 3:1-7


DISCUSSION: Leslie Libby & Brian Land

BENEDICTION:  Jude 1:24-25


  • Philippians 2:3-11 
  • Genesis 2:20-25
  • Genesis 3:16
  • 1 Samuel 16:1-8
  • Proverbs 25:15 
  • Proverbs 31:13-14, 30, 31
  • Mark 10:35-45
  • Luke 10:38-42
  • Acts 17 (with special attention to verses 4, and 12)
  • Ephesians 5:22-33
  • Colossians 3:18-22


7.26.20 Album 


  • One of the problems with writing about the history of something like Christianity is that you cannot help but deal in headlines, and the headlines tend to be written by powerful men. But it’s clear that by and large, generation after generation after generation, the primary influence tends to have been women: mothers, godmothers, Sunday school teachers, whatever. Tom Holland, author of Dominion
  • Jesus, beaten and humiliated out of love for his people, was and is the perfect man. No one who uses the Bible’s teaching on marriage to justify chauvinism, abuse, or denigration of women has looked at Jesus. Rebecca McLaughlin
  • So too [Jesus’s] priesthood does not consist in the outward display of vestments and gestures, as did the human priesthood of Aaron and our ecclesiastical priesthood at this day, but in spiritual things, wherein, in His invisible office, He intercedes for us with God in heaven, and there offers Himself, and performs all the duties of a priest. . . . Martin Luther
  • The servant leader aspects of headship are pivotal. Christ emptied himself and laid his life down for those under his care. Adam, like Jesus, was to lead in love and in service of another. We tend to elevate the language of leadership and dominion over the language of service and nurture, especially when it comes to headship. But I believe they are inseparable: to lead is to serve; to have dominion is to render care. Sarah Viggiano Wright 
  • One of the most basic skills in marriage is the ability to tell the straight, unvarnished truth about what your spouse has done – and then, completely, unself-righteously, and joyously express forgiveness without a shred of superiority. Tim Keller
  • "A marriage in which all the privileges are on one side and all the obligations on the other is bound to be imperfect with every chance of failure. This was a new conception in the ancient world. We have already noted the woman's total lack of rights then and quoted Cato's statement of the rights of the husband. But we did not finish that quotation and we do so now: "If you were to catch your wife in an act of infidelity, you can kill her with impunity without a trial; but, if she were to catch you, she would not venture to touch you with her finger and, indeed, she has no right." In the Roman moral code all the obligation was on the wife and all the privilege with the husband. The Christian ethic never grants a privilege without a corresponding obligation." William Barclay
  • Anything which hinders prayer must be wrong. If any management of the family, or want of management, is injuring our power in prayer, there is an urgent demand for an alteration. Charles Spurgeon
  • The Puritan ethic of marriage was first to look not for a partner whom you do love passionately at this moment but rather for one whom you can love steadily as your best friend for life, then to proceed with God’s help to do just that. J.I. Packer (who died just this past week)