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Women’s role more than casseroles

Stories of women serving in notable ways abound in the Bible and resonate today.

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Not long ago, there was a Facebook post by a young lady bemoaning the role of women in the church. She believed women could only provide casseroles in service to the church.

With sadness, I thought about how uninformed we can be of the many opportunities women are given to use our talents for the Lord in the body of Christ.


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The post led me to think of the myriad of women of Scripture who served in amazingly effective ways.

For example, Acts 16 describes a group of women who routinely met at the riverside to pray. The end result was that a woman named Lydia was baptized, and later her whole household became baptized believers!

So many women of today love being together in prayer and study, either through weekly Bible studies or through offerings like a Wednesday night ladies’ class taught by women for women.

A skit called “Gertrude’s Beauty Salon” introduced Waterview Ladies’ Day attendees to event organizers.

A skit called “Gertrude’s Beauty Salon” introduced Waterview Ladies’ Day attendees to event organizers.

Recently at the Waterview Church of Christ’s annual Ladies’ Day in Richardson, Texas, a directory of the 40 ministries spearheaded by women in the congregation was distributed to inform and encourage women to engage in service.

Ministries like a mothering class for mothers of young children were included, where godly women teach younger women the virtues of serving their families using the wisdom embedded in Scripture. Many of the guests from other congregations excitedly asked for copies of the directory to take back to their home congregations in order to share ideas of service.

These kinds of faith-building efforts are in progress not only at the congregation where I serve but also in congregations throughout our nation and the world. Such gatherings of women can lead to not only a strengthening of the community of female believers but also baptisms that resonate to extended households.

Waterview Church of Christ, North Waterview Drive, Richardson, TX, USA

Looking through Scripture, we read of the life of Tabitha, as revealed in Acts 9. Her reputation for good works was reflected through her gift of sewing. Women who serve in sewing circles like Sisters in Service or Quilt Makers exemplify the spirit of Tabitha.

In the congregation I attend, these dedicated women work tirelessly in the church’s sewing room to make and distribute needed items to hospitals and retirement homes as well as produce items to boost the spirits of men and women who serve in the armed forces. Women in various congregations who put their love for sewing toward such outreach efforts know that we, like Tabitha, are “the salt of the earth” influencers.

In Matthew 28, it is recorded that God used the two Marys as important messengers of his Son’s resurrection. When I walk in the hallway of the church building past women who are teaching English to immigrants using the Bible, I think of the women in so many congregations who are dedicated to teaching others of Jesus’ triumphant resurrection.

Then there was the woman recorded in John 4 who met Jesus at a well in a desolate place. Impressively, although this woman could have shrunk back from influencing others with her newfound knowledge of salvation due to her past sins, she instead exerted a strong influence among the townspeople. Her testimony resulted in many becoming followers of our Lord and Savior.

Today there are many women in many congregations who have received forgiveness like this woman and in turn delight in telling others about the saving grace of our Lord.

“Examples of impactful women are woven throughout the Scriptures for us to emulate today. As the world stumbles around trying to figure out men’s and women’s roles, we who hold the Word of God near and dear to our hearts find clarity.”

On and on, examples of impactful women are woven throughout the Scriptures for us to emulate today. As the world stumbles around trying to figure out men’s and women’s roles, we who hold the Word of God near and dear to our hearts find clarity.

It is exciting to discover through the Word that our God has a unique purpose for us, that he loves women and what we can do to promote the body of Christ through service. Following his purpose leads us to an exciting and fulfilling life because by serving, we not only grow closer to others but, more importantly, grow closer to him.

ANN FREEMAN GRAY has been an educator for 32 years and a member of congregations across six states, most recently the Waterview Church of Christ in Richardson, Texas. She has three children and dotes on her nine grandchildren.

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