Summary: Women in the church are essential tools of God.


Text: Titus 2:3-5

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:3-7


1. I do not want to give you another list of things you cannot do

a. The role of any employee in a company is not listed as you are not to do this or that

b. The role of anyone in any situation is listed by those things that are done and responsibilities that the person brings to the table

2. Now let me tell you all, if it were not for the women taking on the role of women well here at North End, we would be in trouble and I will illustrate that in a few minutes

3. Women are limited by the Lord in what they are permitted to do

a. They are not to usurp authority or teach over a man

b. Paul tells Timothy this in 1 Timothy 2:11ff

c. This does not mean that women have no value in the church or that it’s somehow a "man’s" place

d. In fact, many of the things that women do can be defined as leadership and are vitally important

4. Our ladies have the responsibility in three areas at least:

a. Passing on faith (Not just services)

b. Teaching (In classes and at home)

c. Worshipping (Consider the woman at the well)

5. Women are an asset in the worship and work of the church, men pay close attention because this is the value of your wife and it is your responsibility to help her accomplish these tasks

TRANSITION: First of all notice that through woman:

I. Faith is passed on (2 Timothy 1:5)

A. It was first in his grandmother Lois

1. Each of us has faith that began in or with someone else who shared it with us

2. Timothy’s faith began with his grandmother

a. I could say the same thing

b. My grandmother would not even date my grandfather until he became a Christian

c. Then he went on to become a preacher until he had a stroke and could not anymore

d. His children were all Christians and from that I have come

3. Lois passed her faith on to her daughter Eunice who passed her faith on to Timothy

B. Paul was persuaded that faith was in Timothy

1. Was persuaded is a verb in the perfect tense

2. That means that it is past completed action with continuing consequences

a. Long ago Paul knew that Timothy had faith in God

b. And it was evidenced until the present time that his faith was strong

c. That is a direct result of his grandmother and mother instilling in him in the home faith in and love for God

C. Paul says that he served in faith and clear conscience from his forefathers

1. Timothy served in faith from his mothers

2. One of the roles our ladies here at North End fulfill is passing on their faith

3. Timothy was a man of great value to Paul and service to God

4. That value and service were only possible because of the work of strong women in his life who passed faith from generation to generation

D. Christian ladies, one of your roles is to pass your faith on to the next generation

TRANSITION: Passing on of faith involves:

II. Teaching of faith

A. Titus 2:3-5, "the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things-- 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed."

B. Women teach well in classes

1. We have 22 Bible classes between Sunday and Wednesday

2. 13 of these are taught by women, clearly more than half

3. There are 13 male teachers in our Bible school program and 25 women, nearly double

4. Women are a vital asset in the teaching of the Bible to our children

5. Our ladies fill a vital role in the passing on of faith through instruction and publicly teaching our kids and other ladies

C. Women teach well at home

1. Lois taught Eunice who taught Timothy in the home

2. Development of faith requires strong Bible teachers

3. A good Bible class program requires strong support and further instruction in the home

a. It adds emphasis to the teaching from class

b. It adds importance to the teaching in class

c. It adds support to the teaching of truth in class

4. A wonderful lesson on truth in Bible class can be undermined with one lie at home

5. Mothers often take the lead in this teaching at home, especially with the younger and more impressionable children

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