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

Looking To Jesus, Chapter 9

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week in our book study we are considering the importance of Scripture in the challenges the church faces in holding fast to truth in a culture of rapidly changing and declining values. Our study of women’s ministry returns again and again to keeping our understanding of biblical womanhood centered on the truth as revealed in God’s holy Scriptures. The challenges come in many shapes; the single issue at the core is: will our homes, our friendships, our fellowship, our ministry, and—frankly—even our Bible studies be shaped by the world or the Word? 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

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 5

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

In the summer of 2012 I grew tired of only hearing about my children’s adventures and decided to join our youngest daughter, Erin, and Venture Crew 241, for a four-day hike on the Appalachian Trail in Maine. I was training for my second half-marathon at the time and reasonably fit, after all; how hard could it be? After months of planning, preparation, and practice hikes, we arrived at the trailhead, made a final check of our gear, strapped on our packs (mine weighed approximately a thousand pounds), and walked into the beautiful woods and mountains of the Maine wilderness.

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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

Looking to Jesus, Chapter 2

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

We live in a time of increasingly radical ideas. In our post-Christian society, the abandonment of everything traditional is happening at a breathtaking pace. It seems the pillars of society can’t be knocked down fast enough. The roles of men and women have long been debated and shifting, and in many areas they ought to have been. But bringing equality to women in the workplace and in the voting booth wasn’t enough. The voices of reason have been drowned out by the voices of madness. We have come to a point where the mere suggestion in the public arena that there are distinctions between men and women, that there is an absolute difference between genders, is to commit cultural sin. Continue reading