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Sound Doctrine Matters 9- Revelation, Interpretation and Application of Scripture. ( Apostle Edwin K. Otabil).

  1. The case for Women in Ministry. What does the Bible say?
  2. In Acts 10: 24- 35, Peter learnt an important lesson that ” God is no Respecter of Persons….”. We need to learn the same lesson today when it comes to the Kingdom of God.
  3. 2 Cor 5: 17-18. Anyone in Christ is a New Creation and that includes women. The work in the Kingdom is done by the New Creation.
  4. 1 Peter 2: 9-10. The New Creation is a Royal Priesthood in the Kingdom of God and that includes women.
  5. Acts 1: 14. Women were among the first People to receive the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues in Acts 2: 1-4. And when the Holy Spirit came with Gifts, He did not separate the Gifts into male and female Gifts. The Holy Spirit distributes the Gifts as He wills ( 1Cor. 12)
  1. Ephesians 4: 7-16. The Ministry Gifts that Jesus gave was not given to men only. Women were included.
  1. 1 Cor.14: 26-40 and 1 Timothy 2: 1-15 which are mostly used to restrict women in Ministry should be interpreted in context as correcting an existing problem and not as a Doctrine to limit women in the Church. 1 Cor 11: 4-5 already shows men and women were Praying and Prophesying in the Church in order. In Romans 16, Paul spoke highly and commended women in Ministry including Phoebe, Priscilla, Junia etc. In the New Testament we have Anna the Prophetess and the four daughters of Philip who were Prophetess.( Luke 2: 36-38, Acts 21: 8-9).
  1. As we have seen, the order of the home where the husband is the head of the family is different from the Church where Christ is the head of the Church and men and women are members of the Body. Appointment in the Church is by calling, anointing and gifting. ( I Cor. 12, Romans 11:29). God does not call and anoint People for Ministry based on gender.
  1. In Christ we are all one.( Galatians3:26-29). Our gender is neither an Advantage or Disadvantage in Ministry.
  1. The fact that Jesus chose twelve men who were all Jewish does not eliminate women or gentiles from Ministry. In order , God does some things first and does some things second etc. That was the creative order. He created man first and the woman second. It does not mean one is inferior. Salvation came to the Jew first and then to the Gentile.
  1. The Ministry is open to the New Creation male or female. Anyone can serve according to their calling, gifting and anointing. Women can Pastor, Preach and Teach in the Church. The job of the Church is to equip every Person with Sound Doctrine to fulfill every good work that God has called them to do. ( 2 Timothy 3: 15-17).

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