Women Teaching in the Church

One of the most asked questions in church is, “Why do you let women speak in church?” I know this to be true, I have a church. Still, if it is asked so often, then the answer should be given, and believers should all be armed with the answer. I want to arm you with the sword and shield you need to answer what is so often posed.

It’s interesting that the question is being asked so often. When it’s asked, it’s because someone is trying diligently to be obedient to God’s idea of church, and not have our morality weakened by changing cultural and social norms. But the question poses a deeper question about God’s positioning and value for the women who He created.

In many cultures and throughout history, the beloved women that God so wonderfully created have been devalued. They have been pushed down, held back and oppressed. American women have only been allowed to vote since 1920. And women in other parts of the world are still waiting for that privilege, as well as the right to drive a car, become a lawyer, or even sit at the same table with their husbands in public. Over the years, women around the world have been forbidden to read or learn, for fear they might get ideas and start thinking for themselves.

Is the oppression of women God’s intention? Is it a theme in the Bible? Some non-believers think the Bible and God are oppressive to women. Is that true? Are liberated women in violation of God’s plan? Are men better than women? Are they smarter? From my own personal experience, I would have to say that’s a resounding, “NO!” I’ve been married long enough to know that my wife is a formidable thinker. She can remember things far better than me and can find a needle in a haystack (by “needle” I mean my keys or my wallet). I can’t argue with her for very long, because her memory arsenal reduces me to a four-year-old child. I’m like, “Well, yeah, you…you…um, okay wait, give me a second…” And she’s still going, saying things like, “You always get home late from work! Even years ago! Remember that time when my parents were over for dinner and you came home late from working at the jiffy Lube?” My inside voice screams, “Wait! I don’t even remember working at Jiffy Lube; let alone being late on a particular day!”

When women began to enter the American work force during WWII, companies were impressed. Here was an untapped labor source that was often sharper and more organized than their off-at-war predecessors. I’m not saying women are better than men, or vice versa; I’m simply pointing out the reality that we each have our own strengths and weaknesses that create a balance of equality. This shouldn’t surprise us. The Bible is not some male-dominating, sexist book; it notes from the beginning that we, both male and female, are created in God’s likeness and image.

Genesis 1:27 (NIV) 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

So, on to the topic of this book, the question at hand, and a question I hear frequently: “Why are women permitted to teach in the church? The Bible forbids it.” It is a common question, especially among new believers, because there are places in the Bible where Paul tells us that women should be silent in the church. In this book I will show you God’s view of woman, His creation, and her ability to lead and certainly to speak in the church. We will discuss the idea that Paul’s teaching on the subject is specifically relevant to the era in which he lived and a particular situation that he was addressing, so that we can rightly divide God’s Word and be in His will. We will also take some time to view impressive women in leadership, their roles in the church and the idea of us all being one in Christ…

There are many instances of women being placed, by God, in positions of leadership over men. I really only need one though, Ready?

Judges 4:4-6 (NIV)
4 Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramahand Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoamfrom Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor…
A prophetess would have been in the tabernacle ministering, as well, as Moses did. Moses was the prophet and judge while Aaron was the High Priest. Here she is – Deborah. She was the “Moses” of her time, she was in charge, and God put her there. It’s a good thing she was in charge, too, because under her reign, Israel was freed from oppression.
She was over the General of the Army, Barak, the son of Abinoam. He was taking orders from her, as was God’s design.
Man may fear having a woman in leadership, but God does not. During Paul’s time, he felt it best to address these issues, but they were not God’s views.

Not only do we see God’s intentions in His actions, but also in the way He has spiritually empowered women, just as He has men. Women are armed with the same born-again spirit as men. They received the same Holy Spirit on the inside of them, when they receive Jesus. God makes this all clear to us, in many ways, so that we won’t make the mistake of suppressing the ministry God has given them. Praise God that, in today’s Church, the leadership has studied enough to see these truths and have made them evident. In Acts, God points out how it is also the women who are endowed with power:

Acts 2:17-21 (NIV)
17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

God clearly has daughters prophesying. He makes mention of “sons and daughters” and “men and women.” It makes good sense that Satan has attempted to twist God’s Word a bit in an attempt to get 50 percent of the Church to be silent. This is not God’s plan. He gives women the same access to the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead…

It was Paul who noted that, in Christ, everyone is equal:

Galatians 3:27-28 (NIV)
27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

In Christ, there is no difference between male or female…

Excerpt from Pastor Jason Anderson’s book, Women Teaching in the Church: Why do you let women speak in church?

Yep. I Have Teens

Excerpt from Pastors Jason & Kelli’s new book: Yep, I Have Teens

CHURCH – The Great Redeemer

“They don’t want to go, and I’m tired of asking.” Changing the root inside of them as only Jesus can.

Satan’s biggest attack in your Christianity will be your belief about church. He is going to try everything to keep you out, since it is his gates that cannot stand against the church. Satan tries everything to keep people out of church. His arguments are heard among believers – from the new believer to the seasoned veteran. You will hear things like: It’s not relevant. Not practical. Too far. I’ve been wounded. They are hypocrites. Fake. I can’t find a good church. They just want your money. It’s full of sinners. I’m not good enough to be around those people. God would strike me down if I went to church. It’s boring. The parking is too hard. It’s too hot. It’s raining, better stay home. It’s too nice a day; I think I’ll go to the lake. I have to work Sundays. It’s boring. It’s too loud. I don’t like the music. They don’t really teach anything…

…But the most frequent attack will be on what you believe about God’s House. Why? Because satan knows that if he can keep a Christian on the sidelines, out of the body of Christ, stuck in the bleachers, or even throwing stones, then he can keep that Christian from flourishing, from reaching their God-given potential. One day a week is God’s system. Just one. He wants us in His house one day a week, and the other six we are out reaching others, being a light…

…And so you can expect satan to attack everything imaginable about God’s house. Your only real defense is to love the House. Love will never fail. It will put the grace and forgiveness in your heart to walk through the drama and crisis, and keep your roots nice and deep, drawing in the blessed and prospering water…

…This chapter exists to show you the importance of making sure your teen is in church one day every week. First thing you will often find is that your teenager doesn’t want to go to church. I want you to realize they will know exactly what to say to you so that you won’t make them go anymore. They will tell you, “It’s just a lot of games. We don’t even have a teaching most of the time.” That isn’t true. But it is what they will say. Truth be told, if there were no teaching and it was all fun and games, you probably wouldn’t get a lot of complaining from your teen. You can bet there are leaders who deeply care about teaching and training the young people. Okay, so your teen has a convincing argument about why they won’t go. First, if your teen said they were not going to be going to school anymore, what would your response be? You would make them go to school. It isn’t even a discussion. Of course you have to go to school. Why? Well, because not going will be future-altering. The same is true of God’s house. Not participating is going to be a future-altering action. If you would make them go hear about evolution for one hour a day (public school), then make them go hear about Jesus for one hour a week.

Second, go to the teen group with them and see for yourself. Volunteering in the group may be amazing, or it may be a put off for them, but you could sit in the back for a meeting and see if it really is as pointless as they had described to you. I had told my Dad they were teaching really weird stuff at church, about angel worship and demon worship, and my Dad got all upset. I had told him exactly what he would want to hear so that I wouldn’t have to go. But the very next meeting he sat in the back, and I didn’t know. So when I went to tell him again how messed up the teaching was, he caught me.

Third, I encourage you to keep your teen with you for at least one service so they can hear from the pastor. They are totally ready. They are learning complicated equations, physics, atomic mass; they can certainly sit and hear the parable of the sower and the seed with you…

…One of the many strengths of being in God’s house is they are hearing the right message once a week. Here is an opportunity to have someone else saying exactly what you are saying. It’s watering the seed for love, forgiveness, attitude, hope, faith, prayer, and the like…

…If your teen knows that you make God’s House number one in your house, they will have a much easier time being impacted by God’s house. Whatever is important to you will be important to them…

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Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies at Living Word Mesa

If you have ever felt alone or like you needed encouragement or friends, or even just a mid-week boost, Living Word’s weekly Bible studies may be just what you are looking for. Fellowship with like-minded believers is vital to the successful Christian life. It says in Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” The early church understood the importance of this. The weekly Bible studies are a place to hear great teaching, have fellowship, eat together and receive prayer. Lasting friendships have been formed in these groups. If you need encouragement, there will be people there to pray and stand with you. Or God may use you to give encouragement to someone else. If you know someone who needs fellowship, we encourage you to invite them. It is the heart of Living Word that everyone fulfills their purpose. The mid-week Bible studies are a great way to get re-charged and help keep you on course.

Extraordinary Sisters Women’s Bible Studies
Wednesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 7pm in the Foyer: Bible Study, food and fellowship for women of all ages. Childcare provided.
livingwordonline.com/womens-ministry

Band of Brothers Men’s Bible Studies
Wednesdays at 6:30am in the Coffee House: Bible Study, coffee and fellowship for men of all ages.

Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall: Bible Study, food and fellowship for men of all ages. Childcare provided on Thursday nights.
livingwordonline.com/mens-ministry

New Classes and Connect Groups

Our new Fall Classes and Connect Groups are a great way to connect and build relationships within the church, as well as equip you for ministry.

Prayer School – Do you love to pray for others? Our Prayer School is a 6-week class that that equips every believer to not only pray for themselves, but to also pray and minister to others. Graduation certificates are presented to each person who completes all 6 weeks of the program (if you miss a lesson, you can always jump in on the next session for that one specific lesson). Graduates from the class are given the opportunity to become Intercessors & Prayer Partners within the Living Word Bible Church ministries, including the main sanctuary. Each graduate will be anointed and prayed over as they are released into their prayer ministry.

Wednesdays at 6:30pm (Meet in the Sanctuary for Praise & Worship). Class meets in Rooms D5&6.

Your Financial Revolution – Do you want to be financially free so that you can fulfill your assignment? This class teaches Kingdom principles as taught by Gary Keesee. You will have the opportunity to connect with others who have the same goals of becoming debt-free, building wealth for the Kingdom, and discovering their God-given assignment. It doesn’t matter where you are on your journey to financial freedom – we encourage and pray for each other. Teaching materials by Gary Keesee will be available for purchase the first day of class.

Please register so we know how many materials to order.

Wednesdays at 6:30pm (Meet in the Sanctuary for Praise & Worship). Class meets in the Fellowship Hall.

School of Witnessing – Do you like to share your faith but are not sure how? This 4-week class will empower you to confidently share your faith. On the last day of class we will be talking about our evangelistic opportunities such as home/neighborhood Bible studies and neighborhood events. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved.

Sundays at 10:30am in Room C7 (Next class begins in February)

For more information on these classes and other Connect Groups, visit LivingWordConnect.com