Roles of Men and Women in Church

In the previous post, we started looking at New Testament passages about the roles of men and women in the church. Paul's letter to the Corinthians first discusses headcoverings. But there is another passage in this same letter about the roles of men and women in the church.  Roles of men and women in church in Corinth To understand Paul's words in context, I’ll summarize what Paul already wrote in the letter: he emphasized the importance of unity in the Assembly; he encouraged single women not to marry; he gave instructions on how women are to pray and prophecy in the Assembly; he ordered that everyone be allowed to worship at the Lord's table; he said that despite different spiritual gifts, every person is vital to the Assembly; he said the weaker members of the Assembly are necessary and are to receive more honor; he emphasized the importance of love; and he said that only two or three should speak at once so that all members of the Assembly have the chance to particip…

Gender Roles in Church: Headcoverings

In my previous posts, we’ve been exploring how God created men and women with differences and how these differences give them different roles in society. Since Christians have their own society in the church, we can apply these principles to gender roles in church. The Bible has much to say of gender roles in church. However, these passages of the Bible are some of the most controversial and poorly understood. Let's take a look at each of them to gain a better understanding.
But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut of…

Is God in Your Church?

An Atheist once asked a Pastor to prove that God is real. "Well that's easy," said the Pastor. "Just come to my church this Sunday and you'll experience his presence first-hand."

That Sunday, the Atheist visited the Pastor's church. He experienced a particularly powerful service. The worship was so moving that people were standing with their hands raised and on their knees crying. A woman returned from the hospital having been healed from cancer after many months of prayer. The sermon encouraged many people to slow down and enjoy life.

The Pastor was pleased to see that the Atheist was passionately singing along with the worship songs and raising his hands with the crowd. He was listening and taking notes during the sermon. He even put money into the plate when the offering was taken. After the service, the Pastor asked the Atheist what he thought. "It was amazing. I'm actually thinking of joining your church!" said the Atheist.

The Pasto…

Learn to Pray for Healing: Twelve Steps to Powerful Prayers

Did you know that you can learn to pray for healing? Jesus said, "And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover." Clearly Jesus is not talking about "the miracle of life", an amazing coincidence, or learning to appreciate the small things. He's talking about real, honest, supernatural acts of God. Too good to be true? No, it's not! It's a trustworthy promise from God that you can take to the bank. How cool is that?!

But if you're like most Christians, you've probably never even seen a miracle, much less dreamed of doing one. Maybe you've never tried to pray for healing because God doesn't even answer your smallest prayers. Maybe you are trying to learn to pray for healing, but your prayers haven'…

Gender Roles in Life

The differences between men and women, both physical and behavioral, are centered around bearing and caring for children, because our flesh’s highest priority is self preservation. We instinctively are driven to eat, drink, and sleep long enough to reproduce and sustain the human race. Since our sexual differences are for this purpose, and our drive to bear children is one of the most fundamental aspects of who we are, our masculinity and femininity is fundamental to our identities. But childbearing is not our most important purpose. There is so much more to life, like recreation, fellowship, art, science and exploration, serving other people, ruling over God’s creation and doing his will. Because our differences as men and women are part of who we are, they affect all areas of our lives, not just reproduction.
Gender Roles in the World The characteristics that make men and women unique give each an advantage in different areas. This is why we usually find men and women being respons…

Model of Biblical Church Leadership

A new movement of God is afoot in the church. There is a growing desire in Christianity to turn God's Assembly from a higharchial institution into an organic community with a model of biblical church leadership. I have been discovering more and more people around the world pursuing this model and the next chapter in church growth.

But for some reason in the last couple of months, I've come across a lot of disagreement about this new movement, even from inside of it. There seems to be a growing concern about a perceived lack of leadership in this model. I've written previously both about how how important leadership is within the Assembly, as well as how misguided traditional church leadership is. Let's drill down on what the Bible has to say about the specific leadership roles and structure within the Assembly.
Apostle It all began with the apostles. Jesus had around 120 disciples (Acts 1:15), which is quite a lot of students for one guy to manage. So he picked out 12…

Godly Romance: The Character of Men and Women

Jesus’ relationship to the church is a godly romance that brings a restored relationship between men and women. Our ideals of romance today are directly inspired by Jesus' demonstration of a new way of thinking about love and submission. As Paul, Matthew, John, and the other early Christian authors we’ve explored in previous posts were writing about these principles, Christianity began to spread around the whole world, and with it, grew the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus’ prayer that the Kingdom would come along with the Father’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven began to come into fruition. With God’s will came an end to the curse between men and women. Let's explore how Jesus brought about our ideas of romance today.
Courtly Romance The spread of the Kingdom of Heaven caused men’s attitudes towards women to began to change. By the middle ages, women were no longer seen as a lower form of humanity, fit to own, abuse, dominate, and rule over. Instead, men started honoring…
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