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Can Women Be Gifted To Serve And Lead The Church?

May 22, 2017

Greetings,

“There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.  She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty four.  She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”  Luke 2: 36-38

Here we have New Testament biblical evidence of a female prophet.

“He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue.  When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.”  Acts 18: 26

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.  They risked their lives for me.  Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.”  Romans 16: 3-4

Right here in the text again, as plain as day, Priscilla taught and instructed Apollos in the ways of the Lord.  Paul also says right out front that Priscilla was his fellow worker in Christ Jesus.  The scriptural evidence points to this fact…Priscilla was a pastor/teacher.  I have also read somewhere that Priscilla might perhaps be the author of the book of Hebrews.

“Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who have been in prison with me.  They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.”  Romans 16: 7

Right there in black and white is Junia…yes a female apostle.  Paul was in prison for sharing the Gospel and it is likely that Junia was right there with him for the very same reason.

To me it is extremely clear that God gifts, places and uses women to serve and lead in His Church.  This truth is confirmed both in scripture and also in my 41 years of serving Jesus in totally free and open, Spirit led, relational fellowships.  To me, if you deny women their God -given right to total equality in the Church, even in regards to that thing some call leadership… you sin against not only women, but also The Lord Himself.  Any hierarchy in the Church is wrong and sinful, including the one that always places men over women.

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3: 26-28

In Christ we are now all one.  This means we no longer are to be divided by nationality, working or social class,  gender or anything else.  To say one group is superior than another goes directly against our oneness in Jesus.  In Christ we are all equals and Jesus can use ANY one of us to lead whenever He desires.  Why disqualify 50% of the Body from service?  Because men only ministry is the tradition of most of the “church”.  It is one of the traditions that nullifies the Word and cripples the Body.  I strongly believe in following those who follow the Lord, even if that person is a woman.  I thank God for female leaders in my life.  I would not be who I am in Christ without them.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

P.s. Everyone shares, serves and leads in our relational fellowships..so this is very rarely an issue among us.

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments
  1. Judy Baker permalink

    Ps 68:11 Jehovah himself gives the command:
    The women proclaiming the good news are a large army .

  2. "BK" permalink

    It makes it especially easy to ‘get’ when you take the giftings of Spirit flowing out of the realm of ‘position’ and leave it at ‘the flow of the Spirit’. Many times when I write or say something as you have here I get congratulated for ‘allowing women their place’. My answer (and heart) is I don’t believe in women OR men ‘ministers’….I believe in men and women ministering Jesus as the Spirit flows through them. Good writing, Christopher, love, “BK”

    • Thank you BK, I have come to believe that leaving ALL things up to the flow of the Spirit is what it is all about. It really is that simple.

  3. Sue heumann permalink

    I wish it were this simple for sooooooo many in the worlds I have participated in in my IC years! It was always an issue to be skirted around. This true way eliminates that, and hierarchy of any sort and hard feelings. Jesus accepts all!!! Whaaaaaaat?? Right there in Scripture, YUP‼️🙄👏 freeing! Seeing Jesus’ LOVE and acceptance through it all now…of course! that is who HE IS. IT ALL MAKES SO MUCH MORE SENSE NOW.

    • Yes Sue, Jesus can calm any storm or make perfectly clear muddy waters. HE is great at cleaning up our messes when we just surrender and allow HIM to do it. At least that is the journey I am embracing.

  4. "BK" permalink

    This is a test….it’s only a test! 🙂 Love you! “BK”

  5. Amen- “neither male nor female” in the context very positive… as well as the fact NONE of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the biblical texts are -ever- (Greek) gender specific. Thanks Chris, nailed it. -Glenn

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