Husbands and Wives, Christ and the Church
While the evangelical community holds a common belief in what constitutes orthodoxy (right opinion) in Christine doctrine, and orthopraxy (right practice) in how that belief system is lived out in general practice, there are divergent views on the roles of husbands and wives as created in God’s image and for His purposes. The two major views are represented by the terms Complementary or Egalitarian. GCI’s leadership commissioned a doctrinal team to research this important subject over ten years ago, and they spent many hours in prayer, biblical research, and historic and cultural discernment before formulating our view of women in Church leadership which was adopted and implemented by our denomination. Quoting from the first paragraph of our published article on this subject by Dr. Michael Morrison: “The New Testament teaches that all Christians should minister to one another, each person serving as his or her gifts allow. Elders are appointed in the church to shepherd, direct and teach. Elders lead and serve by equipping others. May women serve as elders and pastors? Are they permitted to shepherd, lead, direct and teach? Should the church recognize and train women as pastors and teachers?” This study and our conclusions in its entirety are available online at https://www.gci.org/article-categories/women-in-ministry/ If you have not taken the time to read or review our stance on Women in Ministry and why, this web link would be a good place to start.
This is a large topic! Far to expansive to address in one sermon. But underlying this discussion of Women in Church ministry is how our individual and societal views of the roles of men and women, husband and wife, play out in that much smaller leadership unit we call family. Please join us this week in worship as we take time to hear what God inspired through the Apostle Paul’s words to the church at Ephesus and its implication for us. Worship will conclude with an invitation to the Lord’s table.