There are a number of biblical passages which have been interpreted to indicate women may not be leaders in the church, nor in their homes, interpretations which teach women and men have particular roles they are to play in church and at home—some feel, even in the public arena of society. Because of our devotion to God and to God’s word, it is incumbent upon us to examine these teachings at their source: the Scriptures.
This year, we will carefully and methodically, verse-by-verse, read the Word of Truth together in the following texts, using the study guides provided in the Eden Book series:
- Genesis 2-3
- 1 Timothy 1-3
- Ephesians 5
September 16 – November 11, 2021, We will take a deep, deep dive in Genesis 2 and 3, working with a text that took scholar Dr. Joy Fleming and ordained pastor and theologian Bruce Fleming a combined thirty years of research to faithfully render and teach.
November 18, 2021, We will study Ruth’s story.
January 6 – February 24, 2022, We will tackle one of the most controversial passages in the entire Christian Testament, 1 Timothy 1-3, bringing the Flemings’ research in Genesis to the Apostle Paul’s guidance for women leaders in the church at Ephesus.
March 3 – April 7, 2022, We will enter into the Great Mystery revealed in Ephesians 5, exploring both the structure of Paul’s treatise on marriage as well as the profound truths of intimacy with Christ.
April 21 – May 19, 2022, We will study the lives of five Biblical women, using the study guides in Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful:
- Wife of Noah
- Woman Caught in Adultery
- Mary of Bethany
- Sinful Woman
We will be taking a six week break in the middle, for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and another week break in the spring for Easter. For each of these breaks, there will be a weekly devotional made available.