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Scripture Reading:  Acts 13:22-39


February 2004




1.  When we stop asking questions we have stopped thinking, stopped considering and stopped learning.

2.  The Christian’s desire for the “pure milk of the word” compels him or her to continue to be learning & growing in understanding & faith.


#1:  Is there any authority for women to participate in worship service?

1.  By “authority” we mean Bible authority (Matt. 28:18-20; Col. 3:17; 1 Pet. 4:11; 1 Cor. 4:6).

2.  By “participate” I assume it is meant, “to lead” in worship services.

3.  Both genders “participate” by:

  a.  Singing praise (Eph. 5:19).

  b.  Teaching via songs (Col. 3:16).

  c.     Congregational prayer (Acts 2:42; 12:5, 12).

  d.        Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7).

  e.     Hearing & learning word of God (Acts 20:7).

4.  Question:  May women lead in worship services?   “No”

    -Doctrine of men:  Authorized women to lead in worship services.

    -Doctrine of God:  Women workers, not women leaders!

5.  Bible:  Women are not the leaders in worship.

  a.  Specifically prohibited 1 Tim. 2:8, 11-12.

    1)  Position of learning, not leading 2:11

        -Quietness (silence, kjv, Acts 22:2); with all submission (obedience, 1 Tim. 3:4).

    2)  Not permitted to teach or have authority (dominion) over a man 2:12 (Acts 4:18, same grammatical construction).
      a)  Usurp authority – To take to oneself authority, so as to govern or exercise dominion over another.
      b)  Peace in the church
1 Cor. 14:33-35.  Abstain from speech; be in subjection as the law says (Gen. 3:16); Shameful to speak in the church.

      c)  Any arrangement in which she takes the lead & exercises position of rule over men (classes, pulpit, song leading, etc. where men are).

      d)  Men are not authorized to “give” her such positions of leadership.
A God-defined limitation2:13-14.

      a)  Woman is from man – 2:13 (1 Cor. 11:8-9).

      b)  Woman was deceived – 2:14.

  b.  The order of headship1 Cor. 11:3.  (Headship implies leadership.  Since man has been given the headship, it necessarily follows that man is the leader & woman the follower.)

6.  Jesus will save regardless of gender – Acts 10:34-35.

  a.  Neither race, social status or gender affect one’s relationship with Christ – Gal. 3:27-28 (Col. 3:11).

  b.  God has provided roles for men and women:  Men (headship); Women (submission).

7.  Woman can glorify her mission by humbly doing the work God has assigned her: 

  a.  She must never “usurp authority” where none has been given to her by God.

  b.  The godly woman will be careful to not do so (1 Tim. 2:10-12).

  c.  She can be a “teacher of good things” (Tit. 2:3) w/o violating her submissive role – But not as a leader in the worship services.


#2:  Matt. 1:21, why was it important that Joseph and Mary name him Jesus?  Why couldn’t they name him what they wanted (why was “Jesus” as a name so important)?  Same question about the name “John” (Lk. 1:13, 63).

1.  Names often carried relevant meaning:  Moses (Exo. 2:10).

2.  God sometimes named a child before birth:  Isaac (laughter, Gen. 17:16-18; 21:3, 6).

3.  John: 

  a.  John (“Jehovah is a gracious giver”).

  b.  God graciously gave them a son (Lk. 1:7); also gave a messenger to prepare the way of the Lord (Lk. 1:16-17). 

  c.  Lk. 1:59-66 – “John” was not a family name – Circumstances of naming him became a sign to the people of God’s blessing.

4.  "Jesus":  Greek form of Heb. Joshua (Jehoshuah, Jehovah is salvation, Heb. 4:8).

5.  The name Jesus evoked God’s promise of a Savior Lk. 2:11; Acts 13:23 (Isa. 62:11; Jer. 23:5-6; Zech. 9:9).

6.  Matt. 1:21:

  a.  She will bring forth a Son – (1:23; Isa. 7:14); Lk. 1:30-32.

  b.  You shall call his name Jesus (Jehovah is salvation; Savior).

  c.  He will save – Rescue & keep safe (Lk. 19:10).

  d.  His people – Those given Him by the Father (Jno. 6:37, 45).

  e.  From their sins – Source & means of salvation – Jno. 1:29 (Heb. 2:10; 5:9).



1.  Jesus was delivered up for our offenses – Rom. 4:25

2.  We should willingly & urgently submit ourselves to His every command & will for our lives! – Lk. 6:46