Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Honoring the Spirit in Women

For a long time the Northlake church has sought to honor the role of women in worship and ministry as they have recognized the giftedness of women.  In the last year we have made a more definitive statement about what that means for us.  If you are interested, go here: www.northlake.org.  At the home page under the category of "Worship service" you can find a link to a document that makes our statement.

We, of course, are not the only ones or the first ones to following the work of God to equip, fill, and empower all believers, including women, for the works of ministry.  It has been a challenging road thus far, but I have been blessed to see this conviction stay firm.  We are in the age of the Spirit!  Peter says it this way, quoting Joel:

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.
 18Even on my servants, both men and women,
      I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
      and they will prophesy. (Acts 2)



Paul says it this way: 


 26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal 3)

Well, the main reason for this post is to make you aware of something out of Abilene Christian University that is working to help this process continue.  Check this out:

http://halfthechurch.wordpress.com/

Let me know what you think!

1 comment:

  1. Sean...

    Always interested in discussion revolving around this topic, as it is one of the more pressing issues we will continue to face in the near future.

    I read your blog, have listened to about half of the podcast, and have too much work to do to finish right now, but am curious as to your thoughts.

    I went to Northlake's website, and read the short document related to the passages in Thess and I Timothy regarding gender roles in church. While I have many things I would like to discuss, my primary question is this:

    1) Are the elders at your congregation as open to women being elders and senior ministers as they are open to serving communion, teaching, etc...? In other words, when the time comes to elect new elders, or to replace the senior minister, is there going to be open support in interviewing and evaluating women alongside men?

    Hope you are well. If you'd rather, you can email me when you have time. I'm sure you're busy.

    Thanks!
    Sean Mac

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