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The Role Of Women In Proclaiming The Gospel

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The Role of Women in Proclaiming the
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The role of women in the church body has been perverted
from one extreme to an...
matters. We see Jesus changed that and elevated (if we
want to use that term) women to an equal status with men
when it co...
Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him
of their substance.
Mark 15:40-41 There were also women looking on afa...
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  1. 1. The Role of Women in Proclaiming the Gospel The role of women in the church body has been perverted from one extreme to another with today’s liberal churches promoting women to be teachers over the men in the church body (contrary to 1 Timothy 2, 1 Corinthians 14 as well as Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3.) These women are also encouraged to disobey scripture by taking authority in the home (Ephesians 5:22) and to not dress biblically (1 Timothy 2 and 1 Peter 3) nor cover their heads (1 Corinthians 11) thereby causing great confusion in God’s headship order. On the other hand we see conservative groups commendably following these commands yet many are ignorant of what these commands stand for and many of the women are bottle fed through their husbands and pastors, not discerning for themselves, nor spreading the gospel in anyway. Let’s look back to the history of the early church and see what the example is through God’s Word. History shows that many women were oppressed by Jewish men, being treated no better than animals and in some cases, much worse. For the most part they were not allowed to learn or go inside the temples. Their husbands were putting them away (divorce) for little to no reason and women had virtually no say in day to day
  2. 2. matters. We see Jesus changed that and elevated (if we want to use that term) women to an equal status with men when it comes to spiritual standing before God. (Galatians 3:28) There are, however, distinctive roles outlined in the scriptures for men and women inside the body of Christ as previously stated. God’s Word shows us that godly women are to be helpers to their husbands, in submission to them, not having authority over the men in the church body and active in spreading the gospel. Let’s look at the examples we see in the New Testament church of the active roles women played and how they fit into the proclamation of truth. Many people believe there were only 12 men who traveled with Jesus but the scriptures show us there were ‘many disciples’ and among them were many women. (Let’s not confuse disciples with the word apostles of which there were only 12.) 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
  3. 3. Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. Mark 15:40-41 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto Him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem. Matthew 27:55-56 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children. Luke 23:55 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. We see that many women were traveling with Jesus and He put women on an equal learning level in spiritual matters, contrary to what was the custom. John 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
  4. 4. We see in the previous 2 verses that there were ‘many’ disciples. The greek word for disciple is mathētēs and it means: learner or pupil. With no gender distinction in the word, we see that women are disciples and we see proof in the scriptures that there were many women disciples, learners, pupils of Jesus Christ. Throughout Jesus ministry there were women learning alongside the men. If Jesus wanted women to only learn from their husbands, He would not have allowed them to join Him and would have had them sit home and wait for their husbands to come home and teach them. We see this clearly is not the case. 1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. This verse is pertaining to God’s declared headship order (see 1 Corinthians 11) and when His body comes together He expects His headship order to be followed. Women should be respectfully silent when the men are leading the body. See HERE for more information on women and silence.
  5. 5. Jesus picked 12 men as His apostles and this stands to reason as men are the authority and should be the leaders. This does not mean women are not allowed to spread the gospel because the commission is given to ALL in the church body, lest the scriptures be only addressed to men, leaving the women out of salvation. This goes against scripture and cannot be so. The following scriptures have been used by the liberal side contending for feminist views on women in authority over men and although Jesus did choose to show Himself to women first, instead of the men; scripture does not contradict scripture so these in no way give proof for women having authority over men. What it does give proof to is that women are instrumental in and encouraged to spread the good news. Luke 24:9-10 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
  6. 6. Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. Luke 24:10 Mary mother of James, Mary Magdelene, Joanna and the other women with them which told these things unto the apostles John 20:1-17 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and
  7. 7. he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Women were spreading the Word of God early on…
  8. 8. Acts 8:3-4 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Women were among the ones scattered and preaching the Word. This is not to be confused with what people think of preaching today as a pastor or leader. This is simply spreading the Word of God, the Good News of the Gospel. Preaching G2097= euaggelizō yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo From G2095 and G32; to announce good news (“evangelize”) especially the gospel: - declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel). Anna is declared a prophetess and at His birth she spread the Good News .
  9. 9. Luke 2:36-38 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Let’s take a quick look in the Old Testament where God has used women as His voice and leading. Mirium: Exodus 15:20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. Micah 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. Deborah: Judges 4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. Hulda: 2 Kings 22:24 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now
  10. 10. she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her. 2 Chronicles 34:22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect. Naodiah: Nehemiah 6:14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear. Isaiahs Wife: Isaiah 8:3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz. Phillips Daughters: Acts 21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. God used Esther to save His people In the New Testament we see Paul commending the work of many women in regard to the gospel. sunergos, helper, co worker, fellow worker in the gospel Fellow Laborors: sunergos soon-er-gos'
  11. 11. From a presumed compound of G4862 and the base of G2041; a co-laborer, that is, coadjutor: - companion in labour, (fellow-) helper (-labourer, -worker), labourer together with, workfellow. Paul used this term not only for Timothy (Romans 16:21), Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25), Clement (Philippians. 4:3), Philemon, Mark and Luke (Philemon), but also for: Priscilla: Romans 16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers (sunergos )in Christ Jesus: Euodia and Synthyche Philippians 4:2-3 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow , help those women which laboured with me (sunathleō) in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, (sunergos ) whose names are in the book of life. Labored with me: sunathleō
  12. 12. soon-ath-leh'-o From G4862 and G118; to wrestle in company with, that is, (figuratively) to seek jointly: - labour with, strive together for. These women labored, wrestled with, jointly, strove together with Paul in the gospel Paul commends many men that "labored in the Lord" as well as women, Persis, Tryphena and Tryphosa (Romans 16:6 and 12). We see that women could have been a witness to Jesus ascension into heaven. Luke 24:33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, The greek word for ‘them’ is: ho hē to
  13. 13. ho, hay, to The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom): - the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc. Jesus then took them out to Bethany and was carried into heaven. Satan is a deceiver and he can lead people to believe that women are to be liberal and doing everything and anything they desire when it comes to preaching and teaching and yet he has also captured the audience of many plain groups in that they often suppress the women from learning and discerning the Word for themselves. Many plain groups have the misconception that women are to be silent Christians and the men are to do the proclamation of the Good News and most liberal groups are pushing women into authority positions. Both are a dangerous ditch to fall into. The scriptures clearly show that women are very instrumental in the proclamation of the Good News of our beloved Lord and Savior and the guideline given to women is that they are not to have authority over the men in the body. Women are to remember that Eve was deceived (and we are reminded of that in 1 Corinthians
  14. 14. 11) but not let that be a hindrance in proclaiming the gospel, instead she should make sure she is in check with the men who are her authority, to test her discernment. If you are a born again follower of Jesus Christ, (whether male or female) it is your joyful duty to spread the Good News to the lost. The Lord has bestowed various gifts inside the body and by using those, the proclamation of the Good News will spread throughout the world. Don’t hide your light under a basket. (Matthew 5:15) If you are not a born again follower of Jesus Christ go to www.nopews.blogspot.com to learn about the gospel and how to be redeemed. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) Feel free to contact us anytime as we are always happy to help. Jim and Debbie blessingsborrowed@gmail.com www.nopews.blogspot.com

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