From the Heart, Chapter 9

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week we learned that women’s ministry must be based on the sound truth of Scripture. There are too many competing voices in the evangelical world, not to mention the secular world, that are distorting God’s Word. Women’s ministry must aim to ground women in the full-orbed truth of Scripture so that we may grow up in every way in Christ, fulfilling our God given-design as strong “ezers” (helpers) and life-givers rather than hinderers and life-takers. Continue reading

From The Heart, Chapter 8

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

After discussing Chapter 7 on Community, I wrote about the golden chain that I see being woven as we learn about the biblical themes and principles that shape women’s ministry. This past week, we discussed Discipleship, and I could not help but see the beauty of the golden chain continuing to weave through the biblical call for older women to disciple younger women in the church. Susan shows us a lovely example of this from the gospel of Luke. (Note: My paraphrase of Susan’s account was given in the Tuesday lesson. I polished it up here for you as requested. The words below are 90% Scripture and Susan, and 10% me.) Continue reading

From the Heart

By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Sisters, it was wonderful to get back together this Tuesday and renew our discussion of this excellent little book called Women’s Ministry in the Local Church![1]

It’s usually not a good idea to take a month’s break during the middle of a study. You wonder—will anyone come back, have they moved on to something else, has the momentum been lost? But, praise be to God, that was not the case! Our discussion was rich with enthusiasm, the eyes of our hearts were being enlightened to the beauty of a women’s ministry undergirded by the core foundational truths of gospel, truth, sound doctrine, discipleship, and covenant being worked out through the principles of submission, compassion and community. Stories were shared, the budding of ideas for ways to minister were popping up around the room; you could almost see the Lord working in the hearts of women gathered in the room at 10 and 6 that day! Continue reading

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