Published on February 19, 2014
The Bible’s view of women 1. Women bear the stamp of God’s own image So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1:27
The Bible’s view of women 2. Marriage a joint Inheritance ‘..heirs together of the grace of life’1 Peter 3:7 Respected partners and cherished companions ‘..bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. Gen 2:24
The Bible’s view of women 3. Parenthood a partnership ‘…revere his mother and his father. ’ Lev19:3 Equally honored by children ‘.. children to honor both father and mother.’ Ex 20:12
The Bible’s view of women 4. By no means marginalized or relegated to a second class status There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are alone in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
The Bible’s view of women 5. Virtuous women – valued as priceless and celebrated Proverbs 31
The Bible’s view of women 6. Wisdom is personified as a woman Prov 8 New Testament: Church as the Bride of Christ
God’s Design for Wives & Mothers 1. Designed to Love I Cor 13: 4-7 __is patient, __ is kind. __ does not envy, __does not boast, __is not proud. 5__ does not dishonor others, __is not self-seeking, __is not easily angered, __keeps no record of wrongs. 6__ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7__ always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
God’s Design for Wives & Mothers 2. Designed to be a helper Helper : ‘ayzer’ one who is sent to support and aid another It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him. Genesis 2:18
God’s Design for Wives & Mothers 3. Designed to be submissive Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Eph 5:22-24
God’s Design : 3.What Submission is NOT a. Does not mean that you are a second-class Christian Gal. 3:28 1 Peter 3:7
God’s Design : 3.What Submission is NOT God and Christ have roles of authority and submission, yet they are one in essence as God. So it is with husband and wife. Their roles differ, but in essential quality and value, they are equal. - John MacArthur
God’s Design : 3.What Submission is NOT b. Does not mean that you must be your husband’s personal slave For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13
God’s Design: 3.What Submission does mean a. An attitude of love, respect, and gentleness in the way you speak and act toward your husband Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33
God’s Design: 3.What Submission does mean b. Subduing pride and self Submitting to one another in the fear of God Ephesians 5:21
God’s Design: 3.What Submission does mean c. Allow your husband to lead Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Ephesians. 5:22
God’s Design for Wives & Mothers 4. Designed to be a companion Yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Malachi 2:14
God’s Design for Wives & Mothers 5. Designed to be virtuous: Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her. Prov. 31:10,11 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
God’s Design for Wives & Mothers 6. Be managers of the household …the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Titus 2:3- 5
God’s Design for Wives & Mothers 7. Primary responsibility: Raise Children Home and children are to be the priority. Titus 2:5 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. - Henry Ward Beecher
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 1. The core of your life It is not serving your husband or your children- it is to be in submission to the Lord. Matthew 22:37
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 2. Your worth comes from the Lord For the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:26
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 2. Your worth comes from the Lord Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 3. Complement your husband Two are better than one...woe to him who is alone. Ecc. 4:9,10
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 4. Living in understanding …but a prudent wife is from the Lord Prov. 19:14
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 5. Subdue your desires to rule and control over your husband For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church. Ephesians 5:23
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 6. Building your home The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one pulls it down with her hands. Proverbs 14:1
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 6. Building your husband Use encouraging wordsHead of respect Heart of respect Hands of respect
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 6. Building your children: • Don’t make comparisons • Never attack the child- address the behavior • Speak well of them in their presence and absence
Ways to live out God's design as a wife/ mother 7. Be quick to forgive and quick to repent Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Eph 4: 26-27 God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble James 4:6
Come to God God will pour His generous grace into your situation. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
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