One of our favorite expressions around The Summit is that while often people think of the church as an institution or an event, we like to think of it as a family. Paul actually calls the church "God's family" in 1 Tim. 3:15, and says that in God's family, men and women have equal value but play different roles. This week, we'll look at what it means to be a woman in God's family, and next week we'll look at what it means to be a man.
Here are some questions to think through in anticipation of Sunday:
- when you consider movies, TV, and women's magazines, what do you think culture tells you about what it means to be a woman?
- when you consider your upbringing and influential people in your life, what do you think has been the example set for you about what roles a man and woman play? Do you think those examples were helpful or harmful?
- do you think it's legitimate for a book like the Bible to have a say in the roles a man and woman should have? Is it even legitimate to say that men and women should have roles?
1 Timothy 2:8-15
8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.