What Does The Bible Teach About Women?
The Bible teaches that women are beings created by God. Like all mankind, they are in need of salvation and can only be redeemed through repentance and faith in Jesus. Once redeemed, God expects them to live feminine lives according to His Word, obey His will, and glorify Him with their lives.
The High Calling Of Christian Women
- Equality: Women are created equal with men in the sight of God. This means that the female gender is neither more or less important or valuable. They can equally serve, love, and worship God. They are redeemed in the same way, and in Jesus Christ are one.
Genesis 1:27; 5:1-2; Galatians 3:27-28
- Marriage: Christian women should marry if they desire Christian husbands. If they desire to serve the Lord full-time without getting married, they may also do so. An unmarried woman can serve God without distraction. A married woman can also serve God, but must spend time taking care of her husband and children.
1 Corinthians 7:32-40
- Character: Christian women should be modest in appearance, demeanor, and behavior. They should not be known for their looks more than they are known for being good to their husbands, working hard, not being idle, managing their household, being compassionate towards the needy, caring for and making preparations for their families, being modest, supporting their husbands, spreading wisdom and kindness in their speech, not being lazy, and fearing the Lord.
1 Timothy 2:9-10; Proverbs 31:10-31
- Roles: Christian women should hold the position of submission at home and in the church based on the order of creation. In the church, older women should be treated like mothers and the younger like sisters.
1 Corinthians 11:3-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 5:2
- Widows: Christian women who are widows should be supported by the church if they are older and known for being faithful to their husbands, raising children, praying, doing good works, being hospitable, serving, and relieving the afflicted. The younger widows shouldn’t be supported, but should remarry, bear children, and guide the house.
1 Timothy 5:3-16
- Mentorship: Christian women should live holy lives that glorify God and then teach the younger women how to love their husbands and children, how to keep their home, what kind of demeanor to have, etc., so that people will not mock the Word of God. Young women need to be willing to learn from the older godly generation.
The Complementary Roles Of Christian Women
- Christian women are equal with Christian men but are limited in the kind of positions they can hold because God set a pattern for the roles of man and woman at creation. He created man first to be the leader, and the women second to be the helper. God is the head of Christ. Christ is the head of Man. Man is the head of Woman. This is based on God’s original intent at creation and will not change over time or because of culture.
1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
- Christian women are not permitted to hold main positions of teaching and authority over men in the assembly of the church. This limits them from holding the offices of pastor and deacon. They are permitted to serve in equally important, but complementary roles.
1 Timothy 2:11-14
- Christian women are not permitted to speak out and publicly judge what is being said by the men in the assembly of the church. Instead, they are to discuss any issues they have with the teaching in the church with their husbands at home.
1 Corinthians 14:26, 33-37
- The qualifications assume that the person desirous of the office of pastor or deacon is going to be male and therefore must be male. The authority structure of the home is also reflected in the authority structure of the church.
1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9
- In the Bible, there are no examples of women teaching the people of God in an assembly like a pastor. For the people of God, there is only a pattern of male teaching and leadership. Also, a study of church history will show this has been the rule and not the exception.
- What about the women teaching in the Bible? There are examples of women in authority in the Old Testament (government, judge, prophetess), but they are not examples for the authority structure inside the New Testament church. Even the woman prophetess only prophesied privately and not publicly to a congregation. Women are permitted to teach in the proper complementary roles and should be actively discipling others.
The Focus Of Christian Women
- Christian women should focus on who God created them to be. They shouldn’t focus on what God doesn’t permit them to do, but on what He has permitted them to do. God has amazing plans for your life and is calling you to fulfill your God-given role. You should only do what you were created to do; trying to do otherwise will only cause problems.
- Remember, different roles indicate different jobs but it doesn’t indicate inferiority. It is similar to the structure we see in the Trinity, all three persons are equal but they have different roles they fulfill. Your unique complimentary role helps display this relationship in the Trinity.
- A Christian woman should focus on what the Bible says concerning them: She loves God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. She loves, serves, submits, and takes care of her husband. She loves, teaches, cares for, and bears children. She manages, guides, and keeps her home. She is full of good works, good speech, prayer, hospitality, and compassion. She is modest in appearance, demeanor, and behavior. She is a teacher and mentor to the younger generation of Christian women/wives/mothers.
- Are women equal with men? Why?
- What are Christian women called to do?
- What are the limits of Christian women?
- What is the reason these limits exist?
- What is an example of this type of authority structure?