Can Women Teach in the Church?

Summit Life with J.D. Greear | 3/25/2019 | Staff
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Can Women Teach in the Church?

We are concerned to avoid two errors in regards to women in ministry. On the one hand, we do not want to encourage women to do what God has forbidden. On the other, we must not discourage women from legitimate opportunities God has opened to them in the kingdom of God.

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Can Women Teach in the Church?

Weeks - Elders - Position - Paper - Women

In the coming weeks, our elders plan to roll out our official position paper regarding women in ministry. I have long been eager to share that document, and I am praying it inspires many more of our women to use the gifts God has given them for the work of the ministry. In the meantime, below is our placeholder statement, originally written after we invited Elyse Fitzpatrick for an interview during weekend services in 2015.

In 1 Timothy 2:12 the Apostle Paul commands that a woman is forbidden to “teach or to exercise authority over a man” in the church. Some suggest that Paul only had one situation in one church in mind, where the women were unruly. But the reasoning Paul uses—that man was created first, then Eve, and that she was deceived first while he overtly rebelled first—excludes such a possibility. Paul bases his rule for Timothy’s church in the created order, which means it applies to all churches.

Grammar - Paul - Mind - Things - Authority

The grammar Paul uses indicates that he has in mind two things he wishes to forbid, teaching and authority (We find Andreas Köstenberger’s grammatical analysis compelling here). In other words, Paul was not only saying that a woman could not rule as an elder, but that there is a certain kind of teaching she must not do in the assembled church.

But it is clear, however, that women are given the gift and responsibility to teach in God’s kingdom. Certainly,...
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