Dr. David & Lanette Whitaker and Dr. Jeff & Marci Holmes

For the last several weeks, we've been collecting questions from our congregation about relationships, marriage and what it all has to do with the Gospel. Dr. David Whitaker and his wife, Lanette, of more than 30 years partnered with Dr. Jeff Holmes and his wife, Marci, of more than 20 years to answer these questions. 

Download or listen to Q&A on Marriage and Relationship to hear more.

These questions are provided for your further study and application of this message. It is helpful to discuss your answers with others such as your Community Group, family, friends or an accountability partner.

  1. What is your "take away" from this message?
  2. What is unusual about the way Paul applies the general principle of v. 21 specifically to wives (vv.23-24)? How does the wife emulate Jesus' relationship with the Father (Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Corinthians 11:1-3)?
  3. Who and why does he address husbands the way he does (vv. 25-33)? How does v. 21 to husbands? What would it mean for the husband to live with his wife with this type of love? How does the husband emulate Jesus (v. 25)?
  4. In your own words, how would you express the goal of Christian marriage (v. 31-32)? What does marriage have to with "Christ and the church"?
  5. How does the gospel empower as well as become a model for marriage?
  6. In 1 Peter 3, how is the submission here similar in purpose to that in 1 Peter 2:13-15? What qualities are singled out? What does Sarah's example add?
  7. In what way (1 Peter 3) are husbands to treat their wives?
  8. Married or not, what qualities here would you like to build into your friendships with the opposite sex?
  9. What would a marriage built on mutual submission actually look like?
  10. Is Peter advocating that spouses stay in cruel situations? Why or why not?
  11. Write out a prayer in response to what the Lord has taught you through this study and what steps in response He might want you to take.

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