Role of Women in the Church

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Role of women in the church “The woman is the glory of man” (1 Corinthians 11:7) God created man and women in his own image. Woman was created from the ribs of man to show that they are one. A woman has different roles to perform in the church, family and society. There are 188 women named in the Bible. Among these women were prominent queens, prophetesses, and leaders. The Bible is the only book in the world which looks at women as human beings, no better and no worse than men. Genesis 2:18 says “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Thus woman was created as a helper for man. Eve was the first woman in the bible. “And Adam called his wife Eve because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). Motherhood of woman distinguishes her from everything else. A woman can be a mother, wife, sister and daughter. Women are the movers and shakers in the family. Their prayer and actions lighten the family. The warm-heartedness of women, their power of endurance, adaptability, patience, hard work and ability to address other people’s needs are exceptional. Women have played a very active role in the early communities and churches. Sarah, Rahab and many others are listed in the bible for their exemplary faith and dedication to God. The Shunamite women for her strong will (2 kings 4:8-37). Hannah, the mother of Samuel was a woman of extraordinary faith and courage during a time of spiritual laxity. Esther was a queen who risked her life for the well-being and protection of her own people. Women in the first century Church were very active. They preached, were elders and deaconesses, and were viewed as equal to men. This is shown best in Acts 2:17-18, “In the last days…your sons and daughters shall prophecy…even my bond slaves, both men and women.” This passage says that men and women will be leaders

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