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Women in the Life and Teachings of Jesus

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Sermon shared by Kevin Higgins

May 2005
Summary: Jesus placed high value on women during His earthly ministry. We should do the same.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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Women in the Life and Teachings of Jesus
Mark 16:9
Woodlawn Baptist Church
May 8, 2005

Introduction
(see footnote for credit)

ďNow when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.Ē

I find it interesting and very revealing that of all the people to whom Jesus could have appeared first, He chose to reveal Himself to the women in His following. I am going to begin today a short series that will deal with women and what the Bible teaches about them in the church. It is my intent to demonstrate that Jesus placed a very high value on women through His life and teachings.

The place of women in the first-century Roman world and in the Jewish culture is well known. Most frequently, women were regarded as second class citizens: property even. Both Old and New Testaments present situations where women were demoralized and depersonalized, but I want you to know that these presentations of women in the Scripture donít mean that God endorsed that treatment. Just because you find something in the Bible doesnít mean God endorses it. He never authorized or approved of behavior that put a woman down, just as He doesnít condone other practices in the Scriptures like child sacrifice, polygamy, the sex cults and other such things.

Jesusí regard for women was much different from that of His contemporaries. He treated them with high regard, and there are at least three ways He did it.

Jesus Demonstrated the High Value He Placed on Women by Recognizing Their Value as Persons

Did you know women are people too? It took me a long time to realize that my mom wasnít always my mother! She had a life before I came along, wanted to enjoy one while she was raising me that didnít revolve around me, and would enjoy one after I left. When you think of the women in your life, you probably think of them in terms of the roles they play. She is your wife, your mother, your daughter, or whatever, but what we very often fail to recognize is that they are people with great value without any of those roles.

Jesus recognized the value of women first by making them equal with men before God. Jesus quoted Genesis 1:27 when He said in Matthew 19:4 that God made them male and female. Women are created in the image of god just as men are. They have free will, self-awareness, conscience, personal responsibility, and all the other traits of humanity that any man has.

Think about it: Jesus didnít come to earth primarily as a man, but as a person. He didnít treat women as females so much as He treated them as human beings. I can assure you that when you hear the word disciple you think of a man. You may think of Peter, James or John. You may think of any one of the twelve, but listen, according to Jesus disciples come in two sexes: male and female. What is a disciple? It is someone who learns and follows the teachings of another.

Examples of the even handed treatment of Christ are found throughout the Gospels. He regularly addressed women in public. Men didnít do this in Jesusí day. Remember how the men were amazed at the Samaritan well? He was in public and He was speaking to a woman. He spoke freely with the woman caught in adultery, with the widow of Nain, the woman with the bleeding disorder, and many others.

Not only did Jesus speak with these women, He spoke to them
Comments and Shared Ideas
Paul Brown
May 23, 2013
I have did some research on Phoebe of Acts 16:1-2 and I discovered that her role in the church was a dee-ak''-on-os or diakonos which mean deacon in the simple english language. I wanted to know this information not so I can boast but so I can know what I''m talking about when ask of these things from a male point of view. What I discovered Phoebe was given administration duties in the church as a deaconness from power over distribution of money, food etc.. but I didn''t find where she was listed or did any preaching to a crowd of men and women.. verdict still out. More research is in process from different version of bibles KJV (1611) NKJV also NIV, NLT Strong''s Concordance and Internet
Paul Brown
May 23, 2013
I have did some research on Phoebe of Acts 16:1-2 and I discovered that her role in the church was a dee-ak''-on-os or diakonos which mean deacon in the simple english language. I wanted to know this information not so I can boast but so I can know what I''m talking about when ask of these things from a male point of view. What I discovered Phoebe was given administration duties in the church as a deaconness from power over distribution of money, food etc.. but I didn''t find where she was listed or did any preaching to a crowd of men and women.. verdict still out. More research is in process from different version of bibles KJV (1611) NKJV also NIV, NLT Strong''s Concordance and Internet
Pastor Sandy .
July 2, 2012
Kevin, I thank you for this message. It has been a long time since you posted this, but I truly hope you will have an opportunity to read my comment. I am feeling particularly bruised by comments made following an article posted 6/27 or 28, 2012 that are extremely mean minded. Pastor Sandy
Felisa Mann
December 10, 2007
This sermon was very enlightening for me. As a female minister, in this day and age, I'm finding it harder and harder to connect with a church. Just recently, my husband and I were asked to leave a church because I was an ordained minister. This was a direct attack to my faith. I am healing from this devastating blow from a man of God who is leading a flock. Thank you for this sermon. I feel more restored in my ministry.

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