Coffee Talk 2015: Week 12 {Role of Women in the Church, Part 2}

Coffee Talk 2015
Damsels in Distress

Role of Women in the Church – Part 2
By: Gaila Roper

coffee talk online edition pictureLast week we covered Godgiven foundations for personal salvation, growth and ministry. We covered the ‘creative order’ concept and how men and women were uniquely created and gifted to serve. This week we will address how the Apostle Paul taught the Corinthian church an authority structure that originated in creation, and how that would play out in ministry within the local church.

In I Cor. 11:3, 7-9, 11-12, …”Paul made it clear that the wife is under authority of her husband, and the husband is under the authority of Christ.” (Martha again) That would mean woman was created for man’s sake, the glory of man, and under the man’s headship.  The woman was under the authority of man, man under the authority of Christ, and Christ under the authority of God. Within this authority structure are other key passages such as I Cor. 14:34-35, about women keeping silent in the church and I Tim. 2:9-5 where Paul instructs Timothy to teach this structure to a church in chaos. By addressing God’s original intent in creation order that Adam was created first and then Eve as a helper and companion to him, Paul pointed out God’s order of authority was preeminent over personal motives. The Corinthian churches’ misuse of showy gifts, voicing of opinions, and creating confusion, even to the point of immodest adornment, revealed hearts more interested in self glory than God’s creation order. A woman was not to have authority over a man or to teach men.  That would include being a pastor, holding an elder position and not teaching Bible doctrine to men. (Note the above verses).

Is my heart overly concerned with the restrictions rather than the privileges? Can I be contented with the things fitting for sound doctrine, such as being temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance?  Do I “encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored?” (Titus 2:1-7) As we learn to do this, it will be a proving ground for later, when we as older women in the church seek out the younger women and are a great source of encouragement and blessing.  Yet even greater than this wonderful ministry will be the honor we bring to the Lord by our loving obedience to His word.

Have we considered what is precious to God in our role of being a woman of faith? Do I seek from His word rather than this ‘present age’ what He really values? I know one thing, He highly values the “hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” (I Peter 3:1-6) Personally, I talk too much. It’s better to be content and not dispute His dealings with me.

Do you put your hope in God and learn not to be frightened with what God intends for your life?  How can I, in my little circle of influence, “proclaim the excellencies of Him?” (I Peter 2:9)  

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