Upcoming Course: Women Teaching God’s Word

Ladies, don’t miss an exciting opportunity to learn about teaching the Bible. The course can be taken for credit or you may enjoy it as an audit student. It is taught by Drs. Rick and Linda Reed and is being offered at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario on September 21-22, October 20, and November 17.

“Grow and embrace God’s call for women to teach women (Titus 2) in ways that are biblically faithful and culturally relevant. We encourage passionate teaching from the heart and to the heart of women.”

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Author Interview: Susan Hunt

Susan HuntSusan Hunt is the former director of women’s ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America and holds a degree in Christian Education from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous books including Titus 2 Tools, The True Woman, and By Design, and the co-author of The Legacy of Biblical Womanhood, Leadership for Women in the Church, and Women’s Ministry in the Local Church. Hunt is a mother, grandmother, and pastor’s wife who has been involved with women’s discipleship for decades.

Spiritual Mothering

Angie: Who is the primary audience of your book, Spiritual Mothering, and what are you hoping they will take away?

Susan: The primary audience is the male leadership and the women in the local church. The Titus 2 mandate for older women to disciple younger women is given to Titus, the pastor of the church. Women discipling women is one way the church obeys the Great Commission, so my prayer is that pastors and elders will see this book as a resource to help them encourage and equip women for this mission.

My prayer is that any woman, regardless of age or life-situation, will be inspired by the gospel to seek out women she can nurture in the faith, and women who will help her grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.

Angie: How have you benefited personally from applying the principles of the Titus 2 mandate?

Susan: I was in my forties when I was captivated by the possibilities of the Titus mandate. Shortly after I began wondering what it would look like if this concept were practiced in a church, my husband went on staff at a church with many godly older women. Their love for the younger women and their eagerness to encourage us continues to have a profound impact on my life thirty years later. I learned from their words and from their steady faith and faithfulness. This motivated me to begin investing in younger women. The gospel relationships are a sweet blessing, but even beyond that is the joy of knowing my Savior better.

Angie: What is the role of pastors / elders in implementing the principles presented in Spiritual Mothering?

Susan: The gospel imperative for women to disciple women does not stand alone. It is one part of Paul’s Pastoral Letters—1 and 2 Timothy and Titus—written to teach how to have strong, healthy churches. The ministry of women to women is one aspect of covenant community life. It is the responsibility of pastors/elders and is to take place under their oversight and in the context of sound doctrine.

Angie: What is the role of older women in implementing the principles presented in Spiritual Mothering?

Susan: Older women are called to teach what is good and to train young women. Teaching what is good means sharing the gospel. Training means to show, or to demonstrate. Older women are to share the gospel and their lives with young women—to show and tell them the truth and the power of the gospel.

Angie: What is the role of younger women in implementing the principles presented in Spiritual Mothering?

Susan: Younger women should acknowledge their need for older women and should approach the relationship with teachable hearts that are eager to learn how to apply gospel truth to every aspect of their lives.

Angie: Thank you for being a spiritual mother to so many and for taking the time to offer your wisdom!

 

Who is Shepherding Your Women’s Ministry?

In many churches, the women’s ministry can seem to run like a well-managed resort. Special events feature a warm welcome, excellent cuisine, choice of activities, and even a small gift to take home!

There are very capable and creative women in leadership hosting Bible studies, mom’s groups, and retreats. Yet there is a troubling trend that has emerged in many local churches. Very often women’s ministries exist on their own islands, detached from the involvement of the shepherds of the church.

While taking an island vacation with your women’s ministry may sound fun at first, a commitment to living on that island can eventually be problematic.

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Upcoming course: Great Women of the Faith

Ladies, don’t miss an exciting opportunity to learn about great women of Christianity. The course can be taken for credit or you may enjoy it as an audit student. It is being offered at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario on May 7-10 from 9am-4pm.

Great Women of the Faith with Dr. Michael Haykin & Dr. Linda Reed.

“Women have played significant roles in church history. Church history scholar, Dr. Michael Haykin, along with Dr. Linda Reed, will present for the first time at Heritage a survey of the story of the impact of these women from biblical times to the revivals of the 18th century and the missionary movement that followed.  Join us as we look at such remarkable Christians as Perpetua and Macrina, Queen Jane Grey and Phillis Wheatley, and Amy Carmichael and Elisabeth Elliot: ‘Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’ (Heb 13:7b).”

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The Bestselling Christian Books of 2017

What books are being read by the women in our churches? Check out Tim Challies’ “A Guided Tour to 2017’s Bestselling Christian Books.” Tim has a very discerning mind and love for God’s truth. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Readers bear the responsibility of ensuring that what they read is consistent with the Bible. The fact that a book is published under a Christian label and sold in a Christian bookstore has absolutely no bearing on whether it is filled with truth or stuffed full of error. At a time where truth is easier than ever to access and book reviews abound, there’s no reason to be taken in by the junk.”

Check out many other theologically sound resources and reviews at his blog, Challies.com

 

How to (Consistently) Get More of God’s Word in 2018

Check out this excellent article by Dorothy Kelley Patterson on cultivating spiritual disciplines that you can maintain beyond January. She offers six practical ways to develop patterns that will help you consistently enjoy the Bible:

  • Choose a time
  • Determine a plan
  • Meditate as you read
  • Memorize Scripture
  • Pray fervently and specifically
  • Write on your heart

Read the full article here. This and numerous other helpful resources are available at BiblicalWoman.com, a ministry of Southwestern Seminary’s Women’s Programs.

Why Do the Hard Work of Exposition?

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“Your story and my story might have the power to amuse someone or impress someone, even inspire someone. But let me tell you, only God’s story centered in the person and work of Christ has the power to make dead people alive…

That’s why Him we proclaim, we proclaim Christ and not ourselves…

We’re not out to make friends or fans for ourselves. We’re out to reconcile people to God. That’s why we do the work of exposition. We start with the Scriptures, we’re doing the work to figure out what they have to say, what the main point or implication is first. Then we’re figuring out what story will help to open up the hearts and minds of women to see their need for, and to be open to, accepting the implication of this passage for their lives. That’s how we want to use story.”

Nancy Guthrie challenges women Bible teachers and writers to do the hard work of exposition to make the mystery of Christ known. This is a must listen for all women Bible teachers and writers! Thank-you Nancy for your work to the glory of Christ!

Listen to her podcast on  here.