Coffee Talk 2015
Damsels in Distress
By: Gaila Roper
Martha Peace summarizes our topic of The Role of Women In the Church with the Scripture passage in Romans 9:19-21: “You will say to me then, ‘Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?’ On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this,’ will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?”
God has authority over His creation; that is clear from His Word. We know that His purposes are good, acceptable and perfect, as well as wise, loving, and completely sovereign. (Romans 12:2) As His child, my only response is worship, thankfulness and humility from a heart of obedient service focused on His glory, not mine. Service to God is a privilege. Since He is my Creator, Redeemer, and loving Savior, where else will I go but to Him to make sure I am pleasing to Him.
There is a God-given basis within Scripture to follow in our service to God, specifically to women. It starts with the need to be “born again.” (John 3:15) God gives us a new heart to believe and trust in Him, when we previously were dead in our sins. He does a work of faith, repentance and cleansing from within. The Holy Spirit does this supernatural change of heart so that now we desire Him and want to grow in our knowledge of Him. We must gain a knowledge of doctrine from Scripture (1 Peter 2:2). We will desire to walk a consistent Christian life (Eph. 4:14) and begin to discover and use our God given Spiritual gifts (Eph. 4:11-13). As we mature, especially later in life, we pour ourselves into younger women,”to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands…” (Titus 2:4-5) All of these are done with the chief purpose of proclaiming His excellencies. (1 Peter 2:9)
As we learn more of Scripture and begin living our lives for His glory, we should seek to serve Him with our spiritual gifts within the guidelines of Scripture. For just as we learn and grow in Scripture, we must also follow in obedience to them. We should be knowledgeable about the key Scriptures concerning God’s role for women in the church. Both men and women were created in God’s image and given rule over the earth. (Gen. 1:26) They were also created uniquely man and woman. Adam was created first and then Eve as a companion and helper. (Gen. 2:7,18) Eve was given a different role than Adam and after the fall, (Gen. 3:1-6) God’s judgment to Eve was that her desire would now be to overtake (control) her husband, yet Adam would rule over her. (Gen.3:16) Because of the presence of sin, there was now a ‘power play’ in their roles, as Martha puts it.
Next week, we will see how this ‘power play’ worked out in the Corinthian church where Paul addressed various heart attitudes that were contrary to Scripture.