by Johnathan Arnold
A High View of Women, A High View of Women’s Ministry
Transformative women’s ministry is Word-centered. As long as our needs and our identities are the focus of what we are doing, we are missing the greatest treasure: “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). How do we gaze into the face of this glory — the face of Jesus Christ? How do we see this glory? Simply put, solid Bible teaching.
Heart-to-heart talks are not enough. Transformative women’s ministry is Word-centered.
People are transformed when they see Jesus. Solid Bible teaching is about offering people Jesus, not offering people ourselves. It is about revealing the glory of God in His Word, not inspiring people with our abilities. The tragedy of many evangelical women’s ministries is that they are packed with emotion, charisma, and personal narrative, but little or no Bible.
Nancie Guthrie observes, “women love story — personal, winsome, emotional, funny story — but story can be a stumbling block. We hear all the time ‘just tell your story, your story has power.’ Here’s what I would say: use your story to tell God’s story. Our stories have the power to amuse, impress, and inspire, but only God’s Story, centered in the person and work of Christ, has the power to make dead people alive!”
The Heart of Women’s Ministry
“Looking into Jesus,
Wond’ringly we trace
Heights of power and glory,
Depths of love and grace.
Vistas far unfolding
Ever stretch before,
As we gaze, beholding,
Ever more and more.”
The Scriptures are the lens through which we behold Jesus, ever more and more. From Genesis to Revelation, we trace the heights of power and glory. In verse-by-verse Bible study, we uncover depths of love and grace. At the end of our exposition we find vistas far unfolding, like the magnificent view after ascending a steep mountain.
The heart of women’s ministry is beholding Jesus through the lens of Scripture.
Sharon Hodde Miller says, “Too often, women approach Scripture asking not ‘Who is God?’ but ‘Who am I?’” Seeing Jesus is the beauty of the Bible. Our identities are best informed by identifying Him. As we see Jesus in the Scriptures, “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). This is the kind of solid Bible teaching that women need to be spiritually fruitful.
Treasuring Women of the Word
A Word-filled woman sharpens those around her.
The kind of woman who is teaching other women “good things” (Titus 2:3-5) should certainly be well-versed in the Word. This kind of woman, a word-filled woman, sharpens those around her. “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26). We need more Priscillas!
Havergal, Frances R. “Looking unto Jesus.” Hymnary.org.
Miller, Sharon Hodde. “Ladies, Put Down That Pink Bible.” Christianity Today.