From The Heart, Chapter 6

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Sisters, it is late Thursday afternoon, and I am still knee deep in trying to put my thoughts on paper where they make sense and might be of some benefit to you. I hope to complete this in the next few days. In the meantime, please enjoy this short article reprinted from the June 2017 issue of Tabletalk magazine,[1] which covered the Beatitudes. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 5

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!”[1]

In last week’s blog, I wrote of my desire, along with my inability, to share with you all the riches of God’s sovereign covenant love that have been running around in my head these days. I ended by writing that I hoped, in the weeks ahead, that I would be able to take one facet of God’s love which has been deeply impressed upon my heart and share it with you. Continue reading

From the Heart, Chapter 4

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Four weeks into our study and we have begun to lay down foundational principles drawn from Paul’s Pastoral Letters that will give us our biblical framework for organizing and structuring women’s ministry in the local church. On Tuesday, we discussed the importance of having the gospel as our core foundational principle and building upon that, truth, sound doctrine, discipleship and covenant. We explored the importance of covenant a bit more in depth because as Susan Hunt wrote “The covenant of grace is the unifying theme of these letters and, indeed, of all Scripture.” [1] Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 3

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Scripture calls us to things that are utterly counterintuitive, utterly countercultural, and demanding in the extreme, but Scripture shows us the Savior and His bride. This glorious sight motivates us to live under God’s authority and to serve Him through the local church, for His glory and our good. Falling in love with Christ means falling in love with His Church.”[1]

The whole process of sanctification is countercultural, when we realize that if we are going to walk worthy of our salvation, we must not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing our mind. We need our affections for Christ to grow so we can loosen our grip on this world. And as our affections for Christ grow, so must our affections for His bride, for together we are members of His body. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 2

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119: 18

One way scripture memory has been so meaningful to me is how repetition has opened my eyes to the height of God’s love for me in new and wondrous ways. This week we talked about the biblical foundations for women’s ministry in the church. From scripture, we brought out the beauty of God’s created and covenantal design for womanhood, and we concluded that these truths have been squelched in today’s culture. It is a vital task of women’s ministry to teach these truths and equip women to live out their God-given design, so that we may know the love of Christ in all its fullness.[1] Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 1

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97

Psalm 119 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. I love the psalms to begin with; so rich they are with words of prayer, praise, and petition to God. In Psalm 119, the psalmist pours forth his love for the word of God in 176 verses, using some of the most beautiful techniques of Hebrew poetry to paint his picture for us. My heart gets wrapped up in praise with the psalmist every time I read it. I love the Scriptures! I love reading them, and studying them, alone with God and with others. My passion for women’s ministry flows out of my love for Him and His Word. Continue reading

Hope For the Battle

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

On Tuesday, we will begin learning together about the great calling and identity we have as redeemed women in the body of Christ, using the book Women’s Ministry in the Local Church, by J Ligon Duncan III and Susan Hunt (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006).

Before we do, I want to share with you (per request) my answer to the last question of the Joshua and Ephesians study a group of ladies just wrapped up this past Tuesday. Continue reading