KING’S CHURCH BLOG


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

Posted by Paul Mann
11:45

    

BLOG ARCHIVE

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Adrian Pursglove
Aled Cousins
Andrea Harwood
Andrew Bunt
Andrew Wilson
Anita Rose
Anna Wilson
Barbara Veness in Montpellier
Bekky Andrews
Caner Mutu
Chris Bunt
Clare Burford
Dan Harwood
David Holden
David Simpkins
Emma Hamberis
Hannah Beaney
Heather Benn
Ian & Claire Lockwood
Jeremy Simpkins
Joanna Mutu
John Groves
Kate Thurston
Kevin Rose
Liz Pursglove
Matt Beaney
Natalie Williams
Paul Mann
Paul Mann and Emma Hamberis
Paul Mann and Natalie Williams
Santino Hamberis
Santino & Emma Hamberis
Sian Francis-Cox
Steve Young
Tamara Brunton
Terry Virgo
Tom Head
Tracy Masters

@kingshastings on twitter