IS COMPLEMENTARIANISM IN TROUBLE?
It seems to be a moment of reckoning for complementarianism.
While social pressure builds against complementarian theology, it is incumbent upon us to teach, instruct, and to show the glory of God in his created order.
Conservative views on marriage and family are not sufficient in and of themselves to create healthy families and marriages. Church participation and membership make a huge difference.
MEN, WOMEN, AND ECCLESIOLOGY: A COMPLEMENTARIAN VISION FOR MINISTRY
The Conversation Behind the Conversation: How Ecclesiological Assumptions Shape Our ComplementarianismBy Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019
Behind many of our complementarian debates are significant differences about how we view the church.
I’ve been in churches whose authority structures are like an Apple Store’s, and I’ve been in churches whose authority structures are like the DMV’s. In both cases—but in different ways—chaos bubbles up to the surface.
The essential and indispensable nature of women for the mission of the church does not depend upon any form of programmatic or paid ministry. It depends on what Christ has made women through dying and rising for them: disciples, witnesses, priests, fellow-workers.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH?
It’s not about difference from each other, but difference for each other. The differences between men and women are precisely features that make them fitting for each other.
A complementarian vision of relationships will help men and women flourish in exile. Manhood and womanhood cannot be pursued and understood, however, without confronting the challenges that exist.
How could a smart woman like me turn away from the work the Lord had already prepared for me? Isn’t it sinful not to use my gifts?
Does 1 Corinthians 14:34–35 teach that women must be entirely silent in the church?
Paul doesn’t merely say that women should not serve as elders. He also says that they should not preach and teach when the church gathers.
Did you know that there is a “complementarian” case for women serving as pastors?
Does the Bible allow for women deacons. No, says Alex Strauch.
Does the Bible allow for women deacons? Yes, says Tom Schreiner.
Here are seven ways we can encourage women to use their spiritual and material resources.
Here are five passages dealing with manhood and womanhood that we must teach and apply for pastoral faithfulness.
COMPLEMENTARIANISM IN HISTORICAL AND SYSTEMATIC PERSPECTIVE
What would you say if your little boy asked you, “Daddy, what does it mean to be a man?” or if your little girl asked, “Mommy, what does it mean to be a woman?”
I’d like to offer some help on how to talk and think about the application of complementarianism within your own congregation, whether that’s with people you agree with or people you don’t.
So, is there really a slope between embracing egalitarianism and endorsing homosexuality?
Martin Luther and John Calvin represent two theologians of the Reformation, that Bible-driven movement so long ago, who promoted God’s vision for the family and led many to do the same.
Spurgeon’s earnest desire was to promote the work of faithful and godly women in the life of the church. Though he believed that the pulpit was closed to women, the world was not.
Complementarianism is a declining conviction in the global evangelical church. The solution is neither a surrender to egalitarianism nor a return to cultural traditionalism.
COMPLEMENTARIANISM IN LOCAL CHURCH LIFE
Intentional discipleship changed my life. That’s why I’ve strived to make these kinds of relationships contagious among the women in every church I’ve been a member of.
If your church doesn’t encourage women teaching women the Bible, then it’s not fulfilling Scripture’s vision of a healthy church.
As a woman, I’ve had to wrestle with God through some of the seasons where ministry opportunities took the backseat, where they were almost invisible.
Women who can teach might make you nervous for a myriad of reasons. But consider what might happen if you adopt an attitude of thankfulness rather than anxiousness.
Dear sisters in the Lord, one of the greatest ways you can live out complementarianism to the glory of God is by growing in both competence and confidence.
How can pastors champion the contributions of unmarried women to their congregation?
So can women be missionaries? Yes, of course. But also yes to the biblical teaching on gender distinctions in the life of the church. The two are not at odds.
Over the years, we’ve seen pastors guide the women’s ministry through women leaders. In these situations, the churches are healthier.
So if you’re bogged down and unable to see the importance of your ministry, get up to the crest of the hill and survey your husband’s work. The fruit he bears is the fruit of your ministry too.
When we follow Jesus, our whole lives are to be a sacrifice.
What can we teach our kids about complementarianism?
When Scripture instructs husbands to lead their families and wives to submit to their husbands, or limits pastoral leadership of the church to men, it formalizes, codifies, and extends what is already written into our nature.
I don’t know how Abigail Dodds feels about “empowerment” messages on clothing. But her new book, (A)typical Woman, is a substantive and real message of empowerment for women.
This is a book that all Christians will find helpful in addressing a problem with which we will all likely at some point have to wrestle, either socially, politically, pastorally, or personally.
Book Review: Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with ChristReview by Mike Christ | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019
Rosaria Butterfield has become a popular speaker on the topic of sexuality. But we sell her short—and even risk misunderstanding her message—if we look to her book as only pertaining to homosexuality
If your soul is weary and your heart in need of refreshment, take a drink from the wisdom found in His Testimonies My Heritage