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

13. A biblical approach to the discipleship of women should include an emphasis on service which will help women identify and use their gifts to serve the church. (Romans 12:2-8, 1 Corinthians 12, Philippians 2:1-11)

The Bible teaches that every believer has been given spiritual gifts for the building up of the body of Christ. Women should be trained to understand what the spiritual gifts are and which ones we may be uniquely blessed with. We must then help women develop their gifts and offer opportunities to use them to serve and support the mission of the local church.

14. A biblical approach to the discipleship of women should encourage fellowship and practice hospitality. (Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 4:9)

The early church in Acts 2 demonstrated a wonderful example of biblical fellowship in which they delighted in breaking bread in one another’s homes. They received their food with glad and generous hearts as they praised God. There are a number of examples in Scripture which encourage the church to practice hospitality with glad hearts. Yet there are a number of cultural expectations as to what hospitality could or should be according to various forms of media. Christian women should be encouraged and trained in biblical hospitality so we can model and teach the church to enjoy genuine fellowship in one another’s homes

15. A biblical approach to the discipleship of women can use special events to intentionally support the mission statement. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Special events can be an excellent way to enjoy teaching, community, and build fellowship. Women gathering to participate in a special activity or in larger groups can experience mutual encouragement and social engagement. It is important, however, to ensure that each special event directly supports the mission of the women’s discipleship plan and the local church. Every event should have an intended purpose and intentionally support biblical aspects of helping women grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

16. A biblical approach to the discipleship of women requires patience and perseverance. (1 Timothy 4:6-10)

It has been said that developing a women’s ministry is more like using a slow cooker than a microwave. Patience is required before establishing, launching, running, or modifying any approach to women’s discipleship. Prayer and waiting on the Lord take time to know how to proceed for gathering a leadership team, planning studies, and organizing special events. All types of ministries have their challenges and set backs. It is crucial to remain rooted in Scripture and prayer, so that unity and increasing maturity can be experienced.

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