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Lesson 27

The Role Of Women In The Church Of Christ

1. Since Christ is the ________ of the church (Eph. 1:22-23), His word is the only standard to determine the role of women in the church (John 12:48).

2. Although Christ appointed no woman as an apostle (Mat. 10:2-4), He accepted women to be His disciples on the condition of obedient faith in Him (John 8:31). "And certain women ... Mary called Magdalene ... And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ___________ unto him of their ______________" (Luke 8:2-3).

3. Faithful Christian ladies play a necessary and important role in the church of Christ. They could be "well reported of for good works" (1 Tim. 5:10). Paul said that some women "labored with him in the ____________" (Philp. 4:3). Christian ladies could do many things to help the works of the church, such as, teaching other ladies and the young, financial contribution to the church, relieving the needy, attending to the sick and afflicted.

4. According to God's order, the "head of the woman is ________" (1 Cor. 11:3). Women are not to be elders , nor deacons , neither preachers in the church (1 Cor. 14:34). The qualification of "the husband of one wife" for elders and for deacons excludes women from taking a leadership role (1 Tim. 3:2, 12).

5. Paul says, "Let the women learn in silence with all _____________. But I suffer not a woman to __________, nor to ___________ authority over the man, but to be in silence" (1 Tim. 2:11-12). The reasons are found in verses 13 to 14. "For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." Ladies are forbidden to publicly teach spiritual lessons before men (1 Cor. 14:34).

6. In God's sight for salvation, men and women are equally valuable. "... there is neither male nor female: for ye are all ________ in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28). Women are not inferior to men in the Christian System. However, God has decreed them to be in submission to men both in the church and in the home (1 Tim. 2:11-15).

7. "... Husbands, _________ your wives, even as Christ also love the church, and gave himself for it" (Eph. 5:24-25). Accordingly, God put women under man, and in subjection, for their protection and honor (1 Pet. 3:5-7).

Conclusion: Christ's teaching will not be changed by time nor by circumstance (Heb. 13:8-9). Let us obey God's order for women's role in the church (John 12:48).



Author: Howard Cheung

Updated July 1, 1999