Is the church anti-woman?
BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To help you prepare, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips when it comes to leading difficult and potentially controversial discussions.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Praise God that He never plays favorites with his children.
- Thank God that every member of your group has been uniquely gifted for a specific purpose regardless of their gender.
- Ask God how you can support each other in living out their gifts.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have you ever, or do you currently feel that some things are “off limits” to you because of your gender?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore the question “Is the church anti-woman?”
- What was Jesus’ attitude and actions toward women when He was on earth? (Take some time to read Luke 7:36, 8:2, 10:38, Matthew 14:21, 28 and John 4)
- Read Galatians 3:28 and Acts 2:17. What do these passages teach us about how God sees men and women?
- How does the culture and context of Paul’s writings influence our interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:9-15? Consider the change in and need for boundaries for public worship, the new idea that women could learn alongside men, 1st century liberation movement, the Temple of Diana, etc.
- In the first century, women’s liberation moved in different ways. For example, some women focused on attracting sexual partners and haranguing men. Pastor Steve said, “Christian women were liberated in Christ but for better reasons than these.” Consider 1 Peter 2:4-10. Why did Jesus liberate women from social, political, and religious oppression? Why did he liberate us all from social political, and religious oppression?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Thank God that has liberated us from all oppression so that we might declare his praises!
- Ask God how you can encourage someone else to step out in their gifting.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
How can we actively encourage one another to explore our spiritual gifting, regardless of gender?
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH, DISCUSSION & DISCIPLESHIP