Class Notes, Chapter 10

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“The church needs women who will embark on the grand and glorious adventure of knowing and serving God, and along the way they will probably be unaware that they look more and more like their Father.” [1]

by KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

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 Summer Study Groups                         

Today we concluded our book study of Women’s Ministry in the Local Church. It has been a wonderful time of study and fellowship with our sister-friends. We have learned that we must  be submissive to our leaders, compassionate with each other, have a love for the community in which God has placed us, willing to disciple and be discipled, immersed in scripture, and constant in prayer.

Love means dying to self. Really. As redeemed women we are to risk comfort, sacrifice our time and treasure, use our gifts, invest in the lives of our brothers and sisters in our local church.

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Class Notes, Chapter 9

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…….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. Continue reading

A Special Thank You

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We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Martha Moore, Women’s Ministry Team Advisor for Crossroads Community Church in Fishers, Indiana. Martha graciously answered our S.O.S. on CDM’s Facebook page for a study guide for our summer book study on Women’s Ministry in the Local Church.  Martha provided us with her own outlines which have been such a help in our study.

Class Notes, Chapter 8

By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Tit 2:3-5

This chapter starts out by discussing the differences in men and women, and we see Paul’s strategy for equipping the church to teach God’s truth to the next generations. He particularly states that women are to disciple women. We are given principles of discipleship that will give us specific direction how we are to go about this. Continue reading

Class Notes, Chapter 7

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Well, it was so good to get back together with our sisters after our break. Jana went through a brief review and we jumped right into the subject of Community. The text, 1 Timothy 5:1-16, gives a view of community life among the covenant family. We see that our relationships as a family are based on God’s grace and His adoption of us. We are invested in each other, not because of interests, circumstances or even blood relationship. It is because we are a part of Christ, and we will spend eternity together.

This chapter discusses the practical ministry to and of widows, and particularly teaches that older women, empty nesters, have an important role in the church. We in women’s ministry should be thinking “big thoughts about the part of church ministry that is assigned to us” with the idea that all of our work is to give glory to God. We are to learn (and teach others) to think biblically and live covenantally. Continue reading

Coming Together

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Next Tuesday, July 25th, we pick up our book study in Chapter 7. We will focus on the church as a family, the household of God and the ministries that support it.

I will leave you to think on this quote by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “I believe if women would take seriously the exhortation of Titus 2:3–5, we would have fewer casualties, fewer women “stuck” in unhealthy or sinful patterns, less need for crisis counseling and long-term therapy, less depression, frustration, guilt, shame, purposelessness, and anxiety . . . and we would make room for greater joy, freedom, and usefulness. This lifestyle won’t make our problems evaporate; it won’t transport us to some pain-free existence. But it will redeem those hard places and transform even our greatest afflictions into something of great beauty and value.”

Considering Gospel Friendships

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by KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

“Women have more influence than we might think, and how we relate to one another has a broad impact on the church.  Our friendships, for better or for worse, have a ripple effect…and everyone in the church feels the swell of the current.”

Don’t you love this? Susan Shepherd has a post at enCourage that intersects so perfectly with our summer study and the direction of our women’s ministry. Oh, that we take seriously this business of our friendships in our (church) family. Read Susan’s wonderful article here. Think on it, act on it!