Summary: The church today needs strong women as servants of Christ. A woman’s role is by no means limited but rather wide open.
Women of God
One challenge facing the church today is the growing controversy concerning the role of women in the church. Some may say that women are not treated fairly in the church because they are not allowed to preach or hold a leadership role such as Elder or Deacon.
The problem is that we focus too much on the negative, things that are only authorized for a man to do, and ignore the fact that except for Preaching in worship and serving as an Elder or Deacon, women can and should do everything a man can do.
A. A deaconess - servant, set apart for service.
B. A great help to many.
C. She delivered Paul’s letter to the church in Rome.
A. Notice, she is mentioned ahead of her husband, which is highly irregular.
1. Priscilla is mentioned first.
2. Notice: they invited and explained.
D. She gave her home for two house churches.
1. Ephesus. 1 Cor. 16:19
A. One of six “Mary’s” mentioned in the NT.
B. She “worked very hard” for the church.
C. Nothing is said of her husband. Single? Widowed?
A. Presumed to be twins.
B. Worked hard, “In the Lord.”
A. Paul calls her a “dear friend.”
B. Worked “very” hard in the Lord.
A. Who was this woman?
2. Possibly the wife of Simon.
B. The mother of a great man of God.
The church today needs strong women as servants of Christ.
A woman’s role is by no means limited but rather wide open.