1st April 2012

Equal but different

This morning we looked at one of the more contentious passages in the Bible – verses that don't seem to fit with our 21st century Western culture or that some of us simply may not like!

The apostle Paul is writing about issues that can hinder prayer and worship, and because men and women are different, he deals with different issues: for men, he is writing about anger; for women, it is modesty with proper submission. For both, it's about the heart – it's about worshipping God, raising holy hands in prayer and putting aside things that can be a distraction.

Following on from this, Paul begins to write about church leadership. In setting out male eldership, he isn't drawing on the conventions of the day or the lack of educated women at the time or anything like that. Instead, it's the paradigm of creation – pre-fall creation – to which he looks: the differences between men and women were part of God's original design. We were designed to be equal, but different, complementing each other.

Male or female, we are all created in God's image. Let's pursue God and become all He has created us to be.

Verses: 1 Timothy 2:8-3:2 (see also 1 Peter 3:3-4)

Food for thought:

  • Do any of the issues in this passage hinder your prayer and worship?
  • Do cultural values or personal preferences shape how you interpret the Bible?
  • What practical steps can you take to grow in who God has called you to be?

Paul Mann

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