Hello dear sisters! I hope you have been enjoying week 1 of our study. There is so much good stuff packed into this week. I want to share with you a quote from the authors from day 2 page 27. “Men were created to reflect the strength, love, and self-sacrifice of Christ. Women were created to reflect the responsiveness, grace, and beauty of the bride He redeemed. And marriage was created to reflect he covenant union of Christ and His bride.”
For those of you that attend Oakwood Community Church or listen to PD’s sermon messages online, I love how our study goes right along with The Gospel Series we began earlier this month.
Here are some discussion questions. You can share your thoughts and comments here, write them down in your book during your quiet time or discuss them with another sister doing the study with you.
- Do you feel that your womanhood displays God’s glory? Explain why or why not.
- Describe some ways in which you think a male-female relationship could put God on display.
- How do you feel when the Bible uses male-gendered words like “man” or “brothers” to refer to men and women as a group? Why?
- What are some of the places you look to find your sense of value and worth?
- What kind of impact do you think might be made if multitudes of Christian women were to say “Yes, Lord!” to His biblical design for their lives as women?
On page 39 of our homework we were asked to write out a prayer, asking Him to teach us more about what womanhood means, and to help us grow to be a True Woman of God. I would like to encourage you to do that!
We have a group of women meeting on Monday evening to do this very same study. Click here to watch a clip of our Monday night group discussing week 1.
In His Love,
One Heart Women’s Ministry
1. Do you feel that your womanhood displays God’s glory? Explain why or why not.
I hope so. I have a great desire to live for God and to glorify Him in everything I do. I know that I fall short, but his word assures me that where I am weak He is strong.
2. Describe some ways in which you think a male-female relationship could put God on display.
Man (man & woman) is (are) the only parts of God’s creation that were/are created in God’s image. Therefore, the unique aspects of our genders and how they each reflect and glorify God are very important. In a male-female relationship that is functioning as God intended we reflect unity (one flesh, one body, one God). That occurs when each gender lives/displays out their unique characteristics of God in the male-female relationship. The male reflecting the love and sacrifice of himself, like Christ’s love and sacrifice for his bride the church and the female responding to the males love and submitting herself to him as the church submits to Christ. Males and females in relationship are called to be united as one flesh.
3. How do you feel when the Bible uses male-gendered words like “man” or “brothers” to refer to men and women as a group? Why?
I do not have any issues in regards to the use of the term man or brothers to refer to both men and women in the Bible. I find it concerning if anyone would take offense to this as these are God’s Word(s) and like all of God’s creation it is not my or any others persons right to question.
4. What are some of the places you look to find your sense of value and worth?
I use to look to my work/efforts or others to find my sense of value or worth. Then God taught me in His Word that he loves me and accepts me and I do not have to do anything in order to be counted worthy.
5. What kind of impact do you think might be made if multitudes of Christian women were to say “Yes, Lord!” to His biblical design for their lives as women?
These multitudes of Christian women would be GLORIFYING GOD!!!!
Laura- I love your thoughtful answers to Melisa’s questions. Here are a few of my thoughts as I read yours…
1. Women display God’s glory just because we are His creation, first. I mean, no one has ever been able to create a human being. You and I are amazing because we have so many complicated systems going on in our body – circulatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, etc. And, there are things unique to women, such as how our bodies go through the birth process. It’s something that only God could design. Don’t you agree?
2. I think God intends for us to display His glory thru the husband/wife relationship by following Christ’s example of His love for the Father. Jesus said, “when you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father.” And, He always looked to see where the Father was working and joined Him. I think that attitude of being “one” is what God wants from our marriages. Of course we fall short, because we are still working on our selfish carnal natures that want to please ourselves. But, when we deny ourselves, and love sacrificially, then we display God’s beauty, His glory.
3. I don’t have a problem with being called, man – collectively, both male and female, now that I understand that God means it to unite us, not to forget us. I used to be bothered by it, because I thought it meant women weren’t important or valued by God.
4. Nothing more to say – well said!
5. Wow, what an impact we could make! That’s my prayer. That we will someday make that kind of impact on our world.
In regards to your response Cheryl to question no. 1. I agree how wonderfully God made us and our unique and beautiful feminine bodies. And the glourious process of being able to participate in the wonders of a life growing within us and then giving birth to that beautiful new life. I use to struggle with my femininity and disliked things about myself. Then I asked God to help me see myself as He does and how He created me uniquely.
Thank you for doing this study and for posting the video! I’m following along and getting a lot out of it. This is such a confusing topic in our culture right now and this study is helping me to be more confident in my God-given role as a woman.