“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” Genesis 2:18
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior…They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:3-5
The triune God made man in his image, male and female. We were created for community, for relationships that bless and complement each other. Woman first came from man, and since then, all men have come from women. But all is of God. In Christ, there is neither male nor female, all are one in Christ. And yet this in no way forfeits God’s unique intent and design for man and woman. They were created to complement one another and jointly reflect the glory of God.
God’s call for women is no easy task; it’s a high and holy calling of taking the low place, making much of Jesus, faithfully affirming and serving those in her midst. How can a woman embrace such a call and not suffer discouragement or resentment in a culture that insists upon the primacy of her autonomy and self-actualization? The Gospel of Jesus Christ!“ Let this attitude be in you which was also in Christ who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but
emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…” Philippians 2:6-7
Women need daily encouragement in the Gospel of God’s grace, fresh reminders of Jesus Christ’s condescension, all for love, to please the Father and ransom His Bride. The Apostle Paul encourages older women in the church“to teach what is good, and so train the young women…” Paul goes on to say that the older women are to teach the younger women“to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands…”
The elders at The Gathering Church are convinced that these life-on-life opportunities happen best within the daily rhythms of life. At The Gathering, we intentionally emphasize sharing life together in the weekly context of Sunday Service, Community Groups, and Triads. These weekly habits create opportunities for relationships that foster care, encouragement, and accountability. The annual Women’s Retreat is a sweet break, a time of refreshment, reflecting on the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ, and finding strength to joyfully enter the daily pressures and duties of life.
Rather than The Gathering Church providing a myriad of events, it is the task of the pastors to encourage women to be involved in each other’s lives, “to equip the saints for the work of ministry.” Through relationships that are fostered and established by Community Groups and Triads, women spend time together, older women invest and impart wisdom to the younger women, they study God’s Word and pray for each other, they open their homes to each other and seek to show hospitality to those in need. As women commit to a ‘long obedience’ of speaking the truth in love to one another, the life of Christ is continually formed and fashioned into their lives and the body of Christ is built up.