Biblical Principles for the Discipleship of Women (Part 3 of 4)

9. A biblical approach to the discipleship of women will include older women mentoring younger women. (Titus 2:1,3-5)

Scripture is clear that the older women in the church are to be growing in godliness and are to teach what is good to the younger generation of women. They are to model and teach that which accords with sound doctrine. There are seven areas in which older women are to mentor younger women. They are to train the younger women to: love their husbands, love their children, be self-controlled, be pure, be workers at home, be kind, and be submissive to their own husbands.

10. A biblical approach to the discipleship of women can effectively occur in small group settings. (Matthew 4:18-22)

The ministry of Jesus offers ample instruction for discipleship and ministry models. When he called his disciples he chose a small group of twelve to invest in, and spent even more time equipping three. He also used many opportunities to equip his disciples in a one-on-one setting. While larger group classes or events can be helpful for teaching and building community, the discipleship of women can most effectively happen in one-on-one or small group settings.

11. A biblical approach to the discipleship of women requires an ongoing awareness of the surrounding culture and its impact on the church. (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 5:15-17, John 17:14-19)

If we do not learn to think biblically, our default position will be to adopt the values and approaches of the surrounding culture. It is crucial that women are equipped to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so we can discern the will of God. Scripture reminds us to look carefully how we walk and to be wise. We see many values of our culture constantly seeping into the church, such as postmodernism, materialism, individualism, and feminism. We must disciple women to identify cultural values and know the difference in order to embrace the truths of the Bible.

12. A biblical approach to the discipleship of women will practice wisdom to decide the appropriate use of tools such as surveys, personality tests, spiritual gifts tests, and DVD curriculum kits. (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 5:21)

 In the age of the internet, we have a multitude of resources at our fingertips. While many of these resources can all be helpful, it is crucial that the leadership team use discernment to decide the appropriate implementation of each of these tools. We must remain committed to Scripture and prayer in order to know and do the will of the Father, and be careful not to rely too heavily on psychological tests and tools to determine a person’s place in the body or where God may want to use their gifts. Furthermore, if women’s ministries choose to rely on the continual use of DVD teaching, it will continue to permeate the already growing problem of unqualified and unwilling women to teach the Bible and disciple other women.

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