Summary: God uses many terms from cosmotology today in this passage--HER MANDATE, MOTIVE, MANNER OF LIFE, AND MESSAGE. Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Presentation.
GOD’S WAY FOR THE WOMAN
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God’s Way for the Woman
There’s no better way to honor the women of GBC, and our guests, than to lift up today some great truths that God inspired to be written in His Word, for your benefit.
Would you agree w/ me that Satan has pointed all of the artillery of hell at the home? Think about it:
Immorality / adultery / fornication / homosexuality / abortion / militant feminism / juvenile delinquency / sexually transmitted diseases…these are all sins hatched in hell, and they all have 2 things in common:
1. On the rise
2. Aimed at destroying the family
Good news today: God has a plan!
“When all else fails, read the directions” (men aren’t the best at this…putting together a toy, navigating a road trip, but this is for the ladies today anyway!)
v. 1 “become”
Ladies: have you ever told someone their outfit was very “becoming?” The word become in v. 1 literally means that she “beautifies” sound doctrine.
v. 10 “adorn”…this word in the Greek is the word from which we get “cosmetics” in English. If you really want to be beautiful, not just outwardly, but also inwardly…more than you need Mary Kay, or Merle Norman, you need to live God’s way, according to God’s plan.
Put on the lipstick of a kind tongue / blush of purity and innocence / foundation of Godliness / eyeliner of compassion / mascara of sincerity
Let’s look today at the things which adorn / become / beautify sound doctrine. And I hope that every woman here today will leave w/ a bag full of spiritual cosmetics, with an irresistible spiritual attraction that will ‘catch the eyes’ of a lost world beyond our doors.
1. Her Mandate*
v. 3-4 “teach the young women”
There’s no way around it…what the young women of GBC are supposed to learn about Christian Womanhood, they are not supposed to learn, primarily, from this pulpit, this preacher…but rather from their elders right here.
Our older women have a God-given responsibility to teach the younger women how to be good wives / mothers / homemakers. The younger women also have a responsibility, according to this passage, and that is to listen to the older women, and to avail themselves to their wisdom. Our 1 on 1 discipleship ministry is just beginning, and several of our mature ladies are right now offering to disciple some of our younger ladies, or some who are new Christians. This is God’s way, and He’s smiling at this!
Who is teaching the younger Christian women of today? Who is shaping their family values?
I’m afraid that in many cases it’s someone like Oprah. The world is sending all kinds of negative messages to our younger women:
“If you’re not happy / satisfied w/ the old goat…just leave him! After all, you have a right to be happy”
We need some older women who have been married for years to step up and say, you have the right to keep your commitment / vow before God…and…it’s not your love that sustains your commitment, it’s your commitment that sustains your love!
We need some older women to say, we’ve had our share of problems, bigger ones than you’ve had, and more of them, but it has worked because of commitment.
The world says: “If this pregnancy is unplanned, then simply destroy the evidence.”
Older women must respond: “the circumstances which surround a pregnancy do not determine the value of the child.”
Or, “I experienced an unplanned pregnancy, now let me tell you what they’ve done w/ their life, and how the surprise goes on day after day!”
Like my mom could say, “Though I had many female difficulties, and doctors warnings about bearing children, my unplanned pregnancy is today preaching in Decatur, IL!” And it didn’t stop there, for after having me my parents naturally said, “well, we can’t top that”!…but then had another surprise, and today, my little sister Jami and husband, Josh are serving the Lord!
There’s probably not a woman in the house that appreciates the old English word used here, “aged”! We’re not talking about the elderly…But by definition, we’re talking about those of you whose children have left the house, or soon will leave.
If you fit that category, the Bible today reminds you of your mandate. It’s not a suggestion, or an idea if you’re interested, it’s a command…and if you are not investing your life into the lives of these younger women / not involved in the ladies’ ministries, then you’re not fulfilling all of your God-given responsibilities as a woman.