*Originally published by The Gospel Coalition Canada.
If there was a romantic comedy about my life leading up to marriage it would be called “Christmas by Candlelight.” It would begin when I see a handsome stranger, and we lock eyes across the room of an Old Testament seminary class. It feels like love at first sight, and a friendship develops. But confusion ensues over six months until he finally makes his intentions known.This is followed by him cooking me an incredible meal as we clear up all of the miscommunication and laugh into the evening! We then fall in love surrounded by Christmas lights, and he later proposes in the budding spring gardens of a castle courtyard. The montage of our exquisite December wedding is set to the music of the live Motown band from our candlelit reception.
The final scenes of our wedding day set up the sequel of our “picture perfect” future: we would launch both of our successful careers, buy our forever family home, fill it with beautiful, compliant children, and make memories travelling the world together.
Just as it is rare to find a sequel as good as the original, the scenes after our wedding day have yet to play out in the “picture perfect” way I had imagined. Continue reading
Did you miss the Revive ’17 True Woman Conference this year? All of the sessions are available online! The theme of the conference this year was “Adorned: Women Mentoring Women the Titus 2 Way.” Check out all the sessions here.
Mark your calendars for The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference on June 14-16, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. The theme of the conference is “Listen and Live: Promised Grace for Rebel Hearts, Deuteronomy’s Call to Find Life in the God of Grace.”
Gather a group of ladies and take a road trip to this inspiring event with sound Bible teaching, break-out workshops, and some book store shopping, of course! For more info and to register, click here.
The Charles Simeon Trust is offering a workshop for women Bible teachers in Toronto this fall! Here is a description of the workshop being held at Olivet Baptist Church in Toronto on October 19-21, 2017:
“The Charles Simeon Trust aims to help recover the centrality of expository teaching of the Word of God, for the health and benefit of the church in our own and future generations. Training women to teach the Bible to other women is vital for building up the church and equipping its members to live out the truths of the gospel. This Workshop on Biblical Exposition is designed for women who are currently in a teaching ministry with the responsibility to teach the Bible regularly. It is open to women who lead in regular teaching ministries including large group instructors, small group teachers, and women’s and children’s ministry leaders appointed by their churches.”
Click here for more information and to register.
Are you a woman who is teaching, writing, or leading other women in the church? These main sessions from the Revive’15 Conference are very helpful for equipping women in ministry, teaching, and writing. The eight plenary sessions are available online here. If you only have time for two, be sure to check out Jen Wilkin’s “Teaching the Word in Fear and Fearlessness,” and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s “A Charge to Teach the Word.”
Exciting things are happening with the Gospel Coalition in Canada. Check out their new website which will feature articles, podcasts, and resources to equip the Church in Canada in the work of the gospel. Check out the new site here.
Mary Kassian gives a helpful overview of the feminist movement and its impact on the evangelical church. We must be aware of both the positive and negative effects of the movement, and how feminism has influenced our thinking and practice. Mary reminds us to hold firm to God’s good and wise design for male and female according to Scripture. She will be teaching again this year at Revive ’17, Adorned: Women Mentoring Women The Titus 2 Way.
We have established that in order to effectively minister to young women through the local church, elders should train the older women in three major areas: (1) Identity in Christ as Disciples; (2) Identity in Christ as Women; and (3) Identity in Christ as Mothers. According to Titus 2:3-5, the older women are to teach and encourage the young women in these three areas of emphasis. There are practical ways that elders can equip the older women to teach the young women in three types of settings: large groups, small groups, and one-to-one ministry. Continue reading
Identity in Christ as Disciples
First, church elders must equip the older women to teach the young women about their identity in Christ as disciples. Foundationally, young women need to develop an understanding of all that is eternally true and significant of their identity because of the person and work of Jesus Christ. As adopted children of God and full heirs with Christ, there are abundant promises in Scripture that are true regardless of any season of life women will pass through. Continue reading
In the previous posts, a biblical rationale for the discipleship of young women was established and the group was defined as young adult women of the Millennial Generation who are in the season of marriage, parenting, and homemaking. The discussion will now consider how to most effectively minister to this demographic, in light of the research that was presented. A recent study demonstrated that young adults are leaving the church in staggering numbers. At the same time, research indicates that young adults value the influence of older generations. Continue reading