Woman’s Role in the Church

Is a woman’s soul as valuable as a man’s?

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 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. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29). Concerning salvation in Christ, it makes no difference whether a person is Jew or Greek, bond or free, male or female. Philippians 4:3 speaks of women whose names are in the book of life.

In what way is woman the weaker vessel?

1 Peter 3:7 calls woman “the weaker vessel,” but says that a husband should “honor” her as the weaker vessel. Being a weaker vessel is not a dishonorable or shameful position. A wife is an “heir” with the husband of the grace of life. Often she is stronger spiritually than the husband (1 Peter 3:1). A woman who has a meek and quiet spirit has beauty that is in the sight of God “of great price” (1 Peter 3:4). She is a weaker vessel physically.

Is man the head of the woman?

A wife is to submit unto her husband as head over her (Ephesians 5:22,23). But this does not mean that she is to have a shameful position. Woman was created to be a helpmeet (suitable helper) for man (Genesis 2:18,21-24). It is God’s plan that man be over woman and that God be over Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3). But woman does not have a dishonorable place any more than does Christ. She must fill her God-given place as her husband’s helper.

Should a husband mistreat or abuse his wife?

The same Scripture which teaches wives to be subject to their husbands also teaches husbands to love their wives (Ephesians 5:22-33). Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for it (verse 25). They must love their wives as their own bodies and nourish and cherish them as they do themselves (verses 28,29,33). Being head of the wife does not mean that a husband is master of a slave. He is to love, cherish, and honor the wife as his own flesh.

Should a husband force a wife to be baptized?

Baptism is a command of Christ, not a husband’s command (Mark 16:16). We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). Only when a person has personal faith and repentance in his own heart does baptism bring remission of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). A husband has no right to force his wife to be baptized, nor to forbid her being baptized, assembling, or giving, etc.

Can a woman be a public leader in the church?

She cannot, as clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 14:34,35. When the whole church has come together (verse 23), a woman must keep silent in the church (assembly). Never in the Bible were there women evangelists, elders, or deacons. No woman led the prayers, led singing, or took any public lead in the worship of the church. They tried to publicly lead in the church in Corinth but were rebuked in the above verses.

Why cannot a woman lead publicly in the church?

1 Timothy 2:11,12 explains that the woman must learn in silence with all subjection. A woman leading in public worship is not in subjection. She must not teach in public because this would be seizing (usurping) authority over the man (verse 12). A leader of public worship is exercising authority over the audience. This is what women must not do.

Can women participate in public worship?

Christian worship is for all members of the church, but women must follow instead of leading. They engage in every part of the service, but not as leaders. Women sing, and even teach and admonish by singing (Colossians 3:16). They may confess their faith publicly (Matthew 10:32). They may answer a question (or ask one) in the presence of men (Acts 5:8). But in all these things they participate instead of leading.

Can a woman teach in private?

Titus 2:3-5 commands older women to teach younger women. This is to be in the home or in a separate women’s class. Priscilla even taught a preacher, Apollos, the way of God more perfectly (Acts 18:26). But she did this together with her husband, Acquila, and in private, not in public. Women labored with Paul in the Gospel (Philippians 4:3), but their part was not public leadership.

Is a woman’s part important in the church?

Any God-given work is important. A wife can help qualify or disqualify her husband as an elder or deacon (1 Timothy 3:11,12). A preacher’s wife can greatly help or hinder his work. A wife can often convert her unbelieving husband by her Godly life (1 Peter 3:1,2). A mother’s work is to help teach and train her children (1 Timothy 5:14). Think of how much good was done and how many souls were saved by the grandmother and mother of the preacher Timothy (2 Timothy 1:5). No person can have a greater influence over a child than a Christian mother. Women have an important work in being good examples before their children and in being “keepers at home” (Titus 2:5). Read Proverbs 31:10-31 for a description of a virtuous woman.

This article is from the book:

ANSWERS IN THE BIBLE TO PROBLEMS IN THE CHURCH

by – Jim Massey

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