Class Notes, Chapter 9

display-2600by KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

…….our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace; Psalm 144:12

In this week’s class, we discussed the results of biblical authority being undermined in our times. Scripture tells us to avoid those who have the appearance of godliness but deny its power. And we learn that “among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” We see this today particularly in the issues of gender and sexuality. The church (that’s us) is under pressure to adapt to the culture, to “write off or distort biblical teaching” in this area. By buying into the world’s views, we arrogantly see ourselves as more merciful than God.

A biblical example of the immature woman was Lot’s wife. She was easily led astray and was turned into a pillar of salt. Yet, in Psalm 144, the word translated as pillar is used to describe the believing woman. She, like the corner pillar, is to be firm in her foundation, functional and necessary to support the whole structure.

In order to raise up mature women, the bible must be the cornerstone of the women’s ministry. In a recent article, Tim Challies contends that “if we are going to respond well to the new cultural ethos, we need to know God’s Story—his plan for humanity, sexuality, and marriage.” [1]

We are called to adhere to the principles we have seen in the Pastoral letters.

  • Ecclesiastical  submission: Bible studies need to be under the oversight of the elders
  • Covenantal compassion: Ministry opportunities need to be taught and offered through the prism of biblical reasons for acts of compassion
  • Covenantal community: Bible studies should offer a time to develop relationships
  • Discipleship: Bible studies should equip women to disciple and serve the church

With scripture as the core, we can avoid error. God’s word is God speaking. Listen well.

 

Recent articles addressing culture issues.

[1] Beware (and Embrace) the Power of Story Tim Challies

Rosaria Butterfield weighs-in on 4 stages of evangelical affirmation of gay marriage  Denny Burk