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

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 4

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Long, long ago (1986), in a land far, far away (San Francisco), I attended the Defense Language Institute (DLI), courtesy of the U. S. Army (Reserves), for the purpose of learning the German language. Before that time, I had never taken a language course. This was in the dark ages, before learning a foreign language was required to graduate high school. As I prepared to join the Army (Reserves), I took a test which measured my aptitude for learning languages and scored rather high enough that I was encouraged to pursue it as a focus of my potential military career. As it happens, they were right, and learning German came easily to me. Continue reading

Class Notes, Chapter 4

By KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTOR

Foundations

We learned in this lesson that First and Second Timothy and Titus were known as pastoral letters. They were letters Paul wrote to these men regarding their position as pastors of local churches. These letters dealt with principles for organizing the covenant life of the church, defining roles and responsibilities of the members, including the women of the church.

There are foundational truths found in these letters, and seeing these will help us to understand the principles concernning women’s ministry in the church. The Gospel is central to the focus of the Women’s Ministry, and must be the reference point for what we do. 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

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 3

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

We’ve all seen them, the posters (or posts) of a lovely scene with a woman throwing her arms wide with abandon, or walking away from the camera with purposeful step, overlaid with a quote meant to inspire, saying something like:

“Sometimes walking away is the only option. Not because you want to make someone miss you, or realize they took you for granted. But because you finally respect yourself enough to know that you deserve better.”

The memes are many. Whatever the specific quote, the message is clear. Don’t trust other people because they will deplete, disappoint, hurt, reject, abandon, or take you for granted. The solution: Keep a cool distance. Protect yourself. Walk away. Continue reading

Class Notes, Chapter 3

by KATHY HORAN|CONTRIBUTER

Today we talked about falling in love with the church, and in particular our local church. Our motivation to serve the church must be due to our love for Christ. We read in 1 Timothy 3:14-16 that Paul will instruct us on how we ought to behave in the “household of God”. We are to “do church” in the way God wants, not with our own ideas and preferences. We are called to worship covenantally, as the family of God, chosen to be His children. We are to love and care for one another. 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