Peninsula Covenant Church
4/19/20 Message Notes
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    3560 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94061, USA
    Sunday 8:55 AM, Sunday 9:05 AM, Sunday 10:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
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MESSAGE TITLE:
Sheltering Well in Our Relationships
Sheltering in place is just like the movie Groundhog Day!

REFLECTION QUESTION 1
Do you believe God has given you these redundant, sheltered days with the same people or yourself as an ongoing learning opportunity to live out His kingdom ways and reflect Him more and more?
Why? How have you seen it?
BIG IDEA: If we submit well, we will shelter well
THE POWER OF SUBMISSION
--It can be a good thing
--It is giving up your agenda
--It saves lives and provides an abundant life

"If we feel safety and trust with those around us, we should willingly submit. Otherwise we are the problem." --H.R. Brotherly
1 PETER 3:1-2, 7: MARRIAGES SUBMIT IN THIS WAY
1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner (in stature) and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
BACKSTORY ON WHY PETER WROTE THESE THINGS

*Women deserved to have own faith & rights

*Husbands & Wives should submit in the same way Christ did.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered (submitted) for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21

… submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5: 21

*Marriages is a power struggle and needs a fix
You will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you. Genesis 3:16

But God said to Abraham, "... Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Genesis 21:12

“Submission in marriage is like a good dance. If done well there is no power struggle, just gracious movements.” --Bryanna Hanfield-Reinhart
REFLECTION QUESTION 2
Why is submission so hard in marriages, including yours?
1 PETER 3:8-12: ALL SUBMIT IN THIS WAY
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For,“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good;they must seek peace and pursue it.12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer,but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
6 KINGDOM SUBMISSION ATTRIBUTES
1) Like Minded - seek unity
2) Sympathy - understand another’s difficulty
3) Love - express/show your favor
4) Compassion - meet another’s need
5) Humble - not make it about you
6) Blessing - instead of a curse
REFLECTION QUESTION 3
Which of these Kingdom Attributes is God calling you to live into? Why? To whom?
APPLICATION
1. SPOUSES
--Ask how could I submit to you more?
--Attend VOWs 2 & 3 ONLINE, April 27 at 7pm (RSVP link is below)

2. EVERYONE
--Review the Six Submission Attributes (see link below)

--Apologize often

--Use these statements
-----How are you? & I can understand how you can feel that way.
-----What do you need? & How can I help you?
-----I love you…
-----Next time, could you…

--Submit to God and pray for His power (see prayer below)

RSVP to ONLINE VOWs 2 and 3

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https://wearepcc.com/events/vows/

6 Submission Attributes

Print out this Table Talk sheet to guide your discussion within your family or friends

https://wearepcc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Table-Talker.pdf
PRAYER:
Lord I…
Acknowledge to you, my God, that I am not good at submitting to You of others.
Believe in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection power for me..
Commit to ask the Holy Spirit to guide my words and actions.
Beyond Sunday
Returning to our pre-Covid-19 series, we are back in 1 Peter for the final three chapters of the book. As we identify as exiles in this world, we must trust in the hope of heaven, while bringing the kingdom of God to earth. This week, we focus on how we can reflect the kingdom of God in our relationships by submitting to each other as we continue to shelter in place.

1. What marriages, families, or friendships do you admire the most and why? How have you seen them submit to one another well?

2. How do you feel about the word “submit = giving up your agenda?” How have you seen it bring life and or destruction to those around you?

3. Taken out of context 1 Peter 3:1-7 seems dated and not relevant to our times. However, how does knowing that Peter is addressing three oppressed Christian people groups in 2:13-3:7, who are under 1st century GrecoRoman rule, change your perspective on these marriage passages? What is he telling spouses to do that is in the “same way” as 1 Peter 1:21? Why?

4. Review 1 Peter 3:8-9 how are these six Kingdom attributes forms of submission to another? In this season, which attribute is most challenging to you? How are verses 10-12 from Psalm 34:12-16 declaring the blessing that comes from living out these attributes? How have you witnessed this in real life?

5. In these redundant shelter-in-place days God has given us, to whom and how is God calling you to submit as a spouse, family member, or single?

Potential Action Steps:
--Marriages - Join VOWs 2&3 ONLINE April 27 - 7pm RSVP ( link above)
--All - Apologize often / Live into the 6 Kingdom attributes / Ask others what they need from you
--All - Write a prayer submitting to God and asking for His power to guide your words/actions
PCC BENEDICTION
We say this at the close of each gathering.

May you jump into the arms of Jesus.
May He push you out into the world.
May you be healed, as you participate in the healing of others.
Not because you must, but because you may.
This is why we were born.
Whew!




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