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!