Biblical Womanhood [Part 2]

Date: February 23, 2014
Study: In His Image: Biblical Manhood, Womanhood, and Relationships
Teacher: Panel Discussion

REVIEW
Building Blocks for Biblical Womanhood:

  1. Submission and respect (Epehesians 5:22-24, 33; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
    1. Submitting to the Lord by submitting to male leadership (specifically her husband) as an act of faith in God’s sovereignty
    2. Following and facilitating the leadership of men (specifically husbands)
    3. Serving as a helper who complements, strengthens, and encourages men as you carry out the commands and commission of Christ side by side
    4. Biblical submission: the posture of a woman’s heart that affirms, nurtures, and facilitates a man’s leadership by refusing to rebel against it. It’s an attitude that doesn’t just allow a man to lead, but it’s acting in such a way that subtly calls him to lead.
  2. A godly character (Titus 2:3-5; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; 1 Peter 3:1-5)
    1. Self-controlled (especially in speech..ie slander, gossip, nagging)
    2. Focused on developing inner beauty in self and other women
    3. Motivation for biblical womanhood: “so that no one will malign the word of God”

INTRODUCTION
Today we’ll briefly touch on the third building block of biblical womanhood and then discuss the different parts of our definition of biblical femininity. Before we get started, I just wanted to remind you again that though womanhood in the Bible is often spoken of in the context of marriage, that doesn’t meant that a woman has to be married to be fully female. Last week, we talked about some ways that single ladies can have an attitude of submission and respect towards men while developing a godly character in themselves and others. We’ll continue that theme today.  Continue reading

Biblical Womanhood [Part 1]

Date: February 16, 2014
Study: In His Image: Biblical Manhood, Womanhood, and Relationships
Teacher: Panel Discussion

“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.” –Matthew Henry

INTRO TO WOMANHOOD
We will see two things about biblical womanhood over the next two weeks:

  1. Biblical femininity is most clearly understood in the way a woman responds to the pattern God has established in biblical masculinity. As we’ll see, God seemingly weaves the roles of man and woman together to play off each other.
  2. Biblical femininity is often spoken of in the context of a marriage relationship. This is because when the Scriptures were written, marriage was the most familiar context in which the virtues of femininity could be illustrated. This doesn’t mean that a woman has to be married to be a woman. Biblical femininity is not at all dependent on circumstances, I think we’ll see that clearly over the next two weeks.

QUESTION #1: WHAT DOES BIBLICAL SUBMISSION AND RESPECT LOOK LIKE? (EPHESIANS 5:22-24,33 AND 1 PETER 3:1-7)
In Ephesians 5, we see that wives are called to submit to and respect their husbands. Now, to some, these sound like archaic ideas that inherently undermine the dignity of a woman. Some think this is a call to endure slavery or to have military-like compliance to a man regardless of what he says. As we’ll see, that’s not at all what the Bible intends.  Continue reading

Biblical Manhood [Part 2]

Date: February 9, 2014
Study: In His Image: Biblical Manhood, Womanhood, and Relationships
Teacher: Lawson Hembree

Our culture has a shortage of true men. How did we get to this point? In the introduction to his book The Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits, Darrin Patrick says the problem is that “many men are simply unprepared to face the journey of manhood, in part because they have never been prepared in the first place.” Somewhere along the way, our culture misplaced the road map to manhood. Of course, many factors have contributed to this drift: the rise in divorces and single-parent homes, the removal of traditional rites of passage, and the attempt to remove traditional gender distinctives, just to name a few.

This lack of preparation for men has led to a culture filled with males stuck in a prolonged boyhood and adolescence: avoiding responsibility, lacking passion, and letting life pass them by as they escape in their careers, video games, sports, and/or porn. Or as Patrick puts it, ”Many of us [men] avoid real life and escape into a psuedoreality that is more comfortable and less taxing than our own lives.”

MANHOOD DEFINED
Today, we’re going to spend time diving into the definition of manhood and unpacking how it plays out in the lives of Christian men. Here’s the definition we will be using: The essence of Biblical masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for, and protect women in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships. (Source: John Piper- Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, chapter 1, page 35)  Continue reading

Biblical Manhood [Part 1]

Date: February 2, 2014
Study: In His Image: Biblical Manhood, Womanhood, and Relationships
Teacher: Kameron Slater

Who are cultural icons of manhood over the last 20-50 years? Why do we view them as more manly than others?

Masculinity in the Bible

  • Building blocks of manhood (Genesis 2:15-24)
    • Creation order: man was created first and then woman was created after him
    • Leadership: man was tasked with protecting and providing for the woman
    • Responsibility: man was called to care for all of creation, including the woman
  • Effects of the Fall (Genesis 3:8-9, 16-19)
    • Role reversal: distortion of man and woman’s roles lead to sin and the curse
    • Man’s responsibility: because of the Fall, there are difficulties associated with caring for creation and protecting and providing for women and children
  • Male Leadership (Luke 22:24-30)
    • Servant leadership: instead of leading out of self-interest or over-aggressive power, men should lead with the best interests of others in mind. Jesus reverses the world’s hierarchy of power by saying leaders put their followers’s needs over their own.
  • Benefits of Leadership (1 Timothy 5:2-4)
    • To lead is to serve
    • Christian men leading in the context of Christianity:
      • Protect women
      • Provide for women
      • Fellowship with sisters in Christ
  • The Mystery of Marriage (Ephesians 5:25-30; 1 Peter 3:7)
    • In the context of exclusive heterosexual marriage, man and woman image forth the gospel in the way their male and female roles interact

Definition of Biblical Masculinity: The essence of Biblical masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for and protect women in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships. (John Piper- Recovering Biblical Manhood and WomanhoodContinue reading