Interesting discuss: On women and ministry in 21st century


I have tried to run from ministry. I have tried to bury my head in the sand. I have hated ministry yet loved Jesus, yes I thought I could.

I find that knowing Jesus, loving Jesus, I cannot but embrace ministry because of the great commision. God has called me to disciple the nations and there is no escape if I say that I am a follower of Jesus. My call is to do as Jesus commands. Tis the only reason I choose and agree to embrace and engage ministry.

So today i will be talking about women in ministry. I will not be talking much, instead i will be quoting Myles Munroe from the book “The Principle of Fatherhood”.

I have read the whole book. I want to focus on chapter 6: Father as Head and Leader.

I will be quoting some things written by Myles Munroe.

He started from 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

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Women should remain silent in the churches.They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. – 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

This silences me all the time.

It confuses me about how to behave and conduct myself in church that I may please God.

Let me type what Myles Munroe said in the book. Some will agree, some will disagree but this is what Myles Munroe said.

It is important to understand the full context of this scripture in order to appreciate the true value and impact of Paul’s admonition. In the church meetings at Corinth, there were many problems because some of the people who converted to the Christian faith came from prostitution and pagan practices. Some of the services were at the risk of becoming wild or uncontrollable if those new converts reverted to their old pagan practices Furthermore, in the synagogues, men and women were separated. The men would sit in the main area while the women sat behind them or in a balcony. In this setting, many women would ask their husbands questions about what the rabbi was teaching by speaking through a grill or from a balcony.

First, Paul was saying that God wants ORDER and decency in the church. Second, it was not CULTURALLY in order for a woman to speak in public. And third, Paul knew that when the wife went home, she should then ask her husband to answer her questions about what had been taught. The implication is that the husband should know the answer. In fact the husband should have anticipated his wife’s questions and taught her the word or law before she went to the synagogue.

Yes a woman has ministry gifts and should exercise them. The problem with women speaking in the church was a male problem. When fathers and husband fulfilled their responsibilities as as the heads of the home, women did not have to ask questions in the middle of a service. They received their answers from the head of the family who spoke with God’s voice to the family”

Phew!

That was awfully long.

I cannot say that I understand everything that was written there but I like the fact that “a woman has ministry gifts and should exercise them

I think this is enough for today.

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