by Dr Gregory Magruder | May 12, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05/12/19
INTRODUCTION: God uses godly women. In the Old Testament, women like Miriam and Deborah excelled in leadership. Ruth and Hannah provide models of faith and motherhood. Esther shows courage in the face of evil. In the New Testament, Mary and Elizabeth obey the word of the Lord and Messiah is born. We see Jesus treat women with compassion and allow them to travel with his team as he ministered (Matthew 27:55-56). Mary and Martha are among Jesus’ closest friends. Women are the last at the cross, first at the tomb, and the first to proclaim the resurrection (Matt. 28:8) A woman is the first European convert (Acts 16:14). Women are important in God’s plans. Women are equal in God’s purposes. God uses godly women.
GODLY WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN SALVATION.
- We are all one in Christ Jesus. “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28).
- Women of faith pass their faith on to the next generation. “As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 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. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:4-7).
GODLY WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN GIFTS.
- God gave his Spirit and gifts to men and women. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy…And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (Acts 2:16-21).
GODLY WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN SERVICE.
- Women served as deacons – “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [deacon] of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well” (Romans 16:1-2).
- Women served as preachers – “On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied (Acts 21:8-9).
- Women served as church planters and workers. “Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house…Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me…Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well” (Romans 16:3-13).
God uses godly women. Are you a godly woman? Do you follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior?