Looking To Jesus, Chapter 8

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

My husband and I have moved our family and household several times—from Germany to Pennsylvania to Florida, back to Pennsylvania, and now to Texas— with the number of our possessions growing or whittling according to the situation. We not only carry about our own belongings, but family heirlooms passed down from previous generations. Facing an imminently empty nest, the thought of which of our treasures we will bequeath to which of our children when we downsize further arises occasionally (usually while de-cluttering a closet or attempting to finally clean the garage). Continue reading

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

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

Looking To Jesus, Chapter 7

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

I spent last weekend in a place I’ve never been, with a great big group of people, most of whom I’ve never met. My husband and I drove for two days from South/Central Texas to the Middle-of-Nowhere, Wisconsin for a delayed celebration in honor of our youngest daughter’s marriage. A little over a year ago, Erin and Dusty were married in a sweet little wedding chapel in Memphis with only his parents, a couple of siblings, and us to share their day. And yet they each have families and friends with whom they wanted to share their joy, so a great gathering was planned for this summer at Dusty’s Grandparents’ farm. 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

homchaby KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

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!