The Gender Conversation

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The discussion concerning gender continues to be a current and controversial topic in our society. Whether it is in the context of school curriculum, social media, film, or self-identity, it is getting people’s attention. The classic images that would be seen on a bathroom door have been used to distinguish between a male and female are being challenged. This challenge is gaining widespread attention. Continue reading The Gender Conversation

We Cannot be Silent (Book Review)

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Dr. R. Albert Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For those who take time to read his blog or listen to The Briefing, you will know that Al Mohler is up-to-date with events and issues, and how he provides biblically informed clear thinking from a Christian worldview. It is for this reason I was very excited when I heard about the release of We Cannot be Silent and for a friend who surprised me with a copy of it a few days ago. Continue reading We Cannot be Silent (Book Review)

Marriage Under Attack: Adultery, Divorce and Homosexuality

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In my last post I looked at the sins of pornography, premarital sex and cohabitation. In this post I will now consider three more sins that are an attack on marriage. Continue reading Marriage Under Attack: Adultery, Divorce and Homosexuality

What is Marriage?

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What is marriage? From the earliest chapters of Scripture along with others we learn that marriage was created and instituted by God. Marriage became a part of this world by means of Divine design and definition. Scripture is clear that it was between a man and a woman with the purpose of procreation (a), pleasure (), partnership () and productivity ().  Continue reading What is Marriage?

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Motherhood: Precious and Powerful

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day. This special occasion serves as an important reminder concerning the importance and influence of motherhood. As we look back in history, it is clear that we all come from a long line of mums. Sadly, the value of this great status is undervalued by many.

One of the problems with the feminist movement of today is that it tries to argue that there is nothing uniquely special about women. It attempts to make an equality of male and female in all functions and roles. On the contrary, the Scriptures reveal that there is something unique and precious about being a woman – and it is not found by denying her femininity. Of course, this does not suggest that one gender is superior in intellect and understanding. Both male and female have the capacity to honour the Lord in the most extraordinary of ways. Instead of being deceived, a woman can be truly liberated by embracing the truest kind of beauty that is uniquely found in biblical femininity. There is something very precious about a woman being a woman and this is freeing. One unique feature of being a woman is the possibility of being a mother.

A godly mother is a precious and priceless gift of God. A godly mum has the potential to shape the way people speak, behave and even influence others. What makes a mother influential in a lasting and God honouring way is not her position, education, personality or background. The basis of her lasting influence is her character ().

Motherhood is Precious

Motherhood is a calling designed and defined by God. For this reason, there is an inbuilt value in motherhood. Despite deliberate decisions to delay motherhood, or even society’s attempt to undervalue motherhood, true motherhood is of immense value and worth. If you are a mum, prize this calling and opportunity. Understand that there is a certain dignity attached to this and that you have something of far more value than the accumulating of power, prominence and possessions. You are a mum!

Let this be a reminder to all of us that we ought to value mums and acknowledge how precious their status is. Thank God for the gift of motherhood and pray for the mums you know. It should be an automatic part of one’s thinking that equates motherhood with value, worth and importance.

Motherhood is Powerful

Motherhood is not only precious, it is powerful. In what way? A mother is granted a unique and influential role in the home. A godly mother will not view the home as a place of little or secondary importance (). Instead, she will view the home as a domain of love, joy, training and influence. Her task as a mum is to love () and instruct her children in the Lord ().

Consider Lois and Eunice as an example. Lois was the grandmother of Timothy and Eunice was his mum (). These two ladies had a powerful influence on the ministry of the church! It was by their actions of faithfully teaching young Timothy in the way of the Lord that prepared him for his future ministry (). There are untold examples of how the godly influence of a mother shaped and equipped the life of many believers.

Motherhood is an amazing privilege. I thank God for mums and pray that mums will know the importance of functioning according to God’s blueprint for His glory.

10  An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

14:1 The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.

and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,

20 My son, keep your father’s commandment,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Men and Women: Equal yet Different

scales-gender-male-femaleGender is important because God created male and female (). Yet throughout the centuries Satan has attacked God’s design of manhood and womanhood. Furthermore, because of sin, there will be struggles in terms of the roles in marriage (cf. ). Some men have either become domineering or passive, whereas some women have become usurping and bought into the lie of a false sense of liberation. The truth is, only the Word of God provides a right understanding of gender. Such an understanding will provide true liberation as men and women function as God designed.

The Equality of Male and Female
When God created male and female – He created them with equal value and dignity. Both were created in His image () and therefore both reflect the handiwork of their Maker. In addition to being equal in value and dignity, both male and female share equality in the following: (1) Equally Sinners. After Adam Continue reading Men and Women: Equal yet Different

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

16 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

The Importance and Influence of a Godly Woman

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A godly woman is a precious and priceless gift of God. A woman shapes the way people speak, behave and even influence others. What makes a woman influential in a lasting and God honouring way is not her position, education, personality or background. The basis of her lasting influence is her character ().  A godly woman is the best kind of woman to have around. says, “charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”. A godly woman is a woman who knows God and fears Him. To fear God means to reverence and respect Him. If we could all grasp the importance of fearing God, this would sort out a lot of divisive quarrels. What kind of influence does a godly and God fearing woman have? A godly woman can influence the direction of an entire nation. Her influence begins in the home and then permeates throughout the life of the church and ultimately society. As a mother shapes the character of her children, they will grow up with an understanding and worldview that was primarily influenced by her. In this post we will observe three key areas in which a woman can have a powerful influence.

Continue reading The Importance and Influence of a Godly Woman

10  An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

A Right Understanding of Gender

NOTE: This is the third post in a a 5-post series by Andrew Courtis, Pastor of Hills Bible Church. In it, Andrew discusses some of the most contentious issues facing society. In response to these issues, he turns to the Scriptures to present the biblical perspective on each.


 

When God created male and female – He created them with equal value and dignity. Both were created in His image () and both therefore reflect the handiwork of their Maker. Though they are both of equal value and dignity, the Scriptures make it clear that there are differences of function between the two of them. The most obvious of these differences is that Adam was a male and Eve was a female.

When Adam saw Eve for the first time he was captivated by her appearance. Unlike the animals, he noted the similarity and connection she had to him as he stated that she is “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” However, there was a clear distinction in her person. Continue reading A Right Understanding of Gender

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.