Special Message

Women And The Church

What is the role of women in the Church? It’s been hotly debated for centuries in the Church. A few difficult passages in the New Testament seem to support a secondary, diminished role for women… but is that what the Bible truly teaches? In this message, Justin shares how to navigate these difficult verses, why we believing women are empowered for every area of leadership, and interviews a few of our Restoration women about their experience in the Church.

 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:28 NIV

1. Everyone has different experiences when it comes to the role of women in the Church. If you’ve grown up around a particular tradition, what role did women have within it? Were they allowed to lead? Relegated to the background? Share with the group.

2. What would it look like for both women and men to be empowered by the Spirit in the Church? How can we build a culture of collaboration, not competition? 

Here’s some great resources to help you explore the topic of women in the Church. 

Tell Her Story, Dr. Nijay Gupta. This book explores the lives of women throughout the Scriptures, and gives clarity to some of the more controversial passages around women in Bible.
The Blue Parakeet, Dr. Scot McKnight. This book is about the Bible itself, how we approach it, and in the final section, shows how our approach to the Bible and the role of women can be seen with new eyes. 
The Making Of Biblical Womanhood, Dr. Beth Allison Barr. This book is part memoir, part history, and part theological teaching on how much of what’s taught on the role of women in the Church is more an artifact of cultural baggage, not biblical teaching. (Some of our Restoration folks just finished a study on this!)