GOD TELLS US About the Christian Woman

WOMEN IN THE CHURCH, IN A MARRIAGE, AND IN LIFE - PART 1
WOMEN IN CHURCH AND LIFE




JESUS DID NOT TREAT WOMEN AS INFERIOR TO MEN, BUT HE DID SHOW THAT THEY HAVE DIFFERENT ROLES THAN MEN

CHRIST WAS MADE OF A WOMAN

GALATIANS 4:4
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.

CHRIST WENT AGAINST TRADITION OF HIS TIME

JOHN 4:27
And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

BOTH MEN AND WOMEN ARE ADDED TO THE CHURCH

ACTS 5:14
And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.

MEN AND WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN CHRIST

GALATIANS 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

1 PETER 3:7
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

PHILIPPIANS 2:12
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Women also have to work our their own salvation, married or single, mother or child.

ALTHOUGH ONLY MEN WERE APOSTLES, WOMEN WERE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

LUKE 8:1-3
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve [were] with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

ROMANS 16:1-4
I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

WOMEN CANNOT BE PREACHERS, OR TEACH THE CONGREGATION

1 TIMOTHY 2:11-12
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

WHY NOT?

1 TIMOTHY 2:13-14
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

WOMEN CAN TEACH OTHER WOMEN, AND EVEN MEN IF THEY DO NOT USURP A MAN'S AUTHORITY

TITUS 2:3-5
The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

ACTS 18:25-26
This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto [them], and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

HOW A FEMALE SHOULD BE TREATED

1 TIMOTHY 5:1-2
Rebuke not an elder, but intreat [him] as a father; [and] the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

JAMES 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.

WOMEN ARE IMPORTANT

ACTS 6:1
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

HOW A FEMALE SHOULD ACT

1 TIMOTHY 2:9-10
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Modest apparel doesn't necessarily mean that you must cover yourself from neck to ankles. Modesty also means that you dress appropriately. If you look like you are ready for a disco when you go to church, you won't look like you are taking prayer and worship seriously. If you dress in your worst or most casual clothes, you won't look like you are being respectful to God. If your clothes and jewelry are too flashy, you appear to want all the attention on you instead of on God. This also brings the danger of the wearer becoming too full of pride and the observer forgetting the purpose of worship. Extra fancy clothes and jewelry are fine when the occasion calls for them.

TITUS 2:3-5
The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

JAMES 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.

"Himself" means himself or herself.

PROVERBS 31:10-31
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise [is] good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household [are] clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth [it]; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

1 TIMOTHY 5:10
Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

PROVERBS 12:22
Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.

1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-10
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

PICK YOUR FRIENDS WISELY

PROVERBS 24:1-2
Be not thou envious against evil men [or women], neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

EPHESIANS 5:6-7
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

PROVERBS 13:20
He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

MODESTY IS NOT FOR YOURSELF ONLY

MATTHEW 5:27-29
"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell."

Dressing modestly is also about how much of you is uncovered and how your clothes fit. You know when you are dressing sexy, and you know what others will be looking at. If you look sexy, then you will help someone else to sin when they look at you. When the bottom of your skirt is short enough for a male to picture the rest in his mind, you cause him to sin. That is worse than sinning yourself.

GENESIS 3:7
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Adam and Eve felt shame at being naked in front of God. They covered their private parts.

GENESIS 3:21
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

God did not think that covering just their private parts was enough.

PROVERBS 12:26
The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

Resist the temptation to dress like the most popular girls.

PROVERBS 13:20
He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

It may even be best to not hang around with girls that don't dress or act appropriately so their ways won't tempt you.

AS ALSO IS REQUIRED OF A MALE

JAMES 1:26
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.

STRIVE TO BE LIKE A DEACON'S WIFE

1 TIMIOTHY 3:11
Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

A CHRISTIAN FEMALE'S ROLE

GENESIS 2:18
And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

People were made to glorify God. Women were made to be partners of men.

1 TIMOTHY 5:9-10
Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

1 TIMOTHY 5:14
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

A woman's role is to do all of these things and do them willingly and lovingly. A female should be planning and learning from childhood how to be a good wife and mother. It is also fine to not marry if you prefer to give your life to God instead, but this also precludes sex.

There are some circumstances that force a wife to work outside the home. As long as all of her duties at home and in the Church are being met, she is not outside of God's plan. When most of a mother's income is going to childcare and someone else is raising her children, this is only vanity. When a mother's income is necessary, it is best to have a family member help raise the children.


1 CORINTHIANS 7:34
There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please [her] husband.

God does not say that you must marry. It is fine for a person to not marry and concentrate only on the Lord (not to concentrate only on a career). But, you may not have sex if you are not married so it is best to marry if you cannot abstain.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:3
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:7-12
For a man indeed ought not to cover [his] head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on [her] head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman [is] of the man, even so [is] the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

Woman's role in the church is closely connected to her unique role in the home. Only women can give birth to children. The man must care for and provide for his wife and love her as Christ loved the church. The woman's willing submission to her husband is most likely to call forth the best of his care. In order for there to be the greatest amount of happiness in the home, God has established different roles for men and women in the home. This difference is likewise to be reflected in the church.

MARRIAGE
MOTHERS
RAISING CHILDREN
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