A woman convicted to evangelise?

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Gina B, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. Gina B

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    Ok, here's the situation. My parents went away on a week's vacation and they left the...OOPS!

    Ok, here's the real situation.
    I used to be extremely nervous about speaking to others, I didn't even want to go up front when I joined my church.
    Things have changed. The word of Christ has taken away that fear. I'll talk to those who will listen, and nobody has a doubt anymore about where I stand.
    It just doesn't feel like enough though. Half the time when I walk in groups of people I want to get a microphone and just start talking about Christ.
    I can't imagine that this is simply a sinful human desire, and it only gets stronger as time passes.
    So here's the question.
    How can a female do what's right and fulfill the passion to tell people about Christ and urge fellow Christians to truly live their beliefs without stepping into male only territory?
    Gina
     
  2. GrannyGumbo

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    I hold a sign, but I don't verbally "preach". Should a woman come up to us, I get to witness one-on-one with her. And I have talked to women-only groups. Write letters or articles to your local newspaper; you'd be surprised what you can get away with. Stuff your pockets full of tracts & talk to everybody you meet in the stores. Also, this very Board is a great place to "vocalize"...as we're not "leading" over men.
     
  3. Johnv

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    Gina, If you're moved to tell people about Christ, then tell people about Christ. Mother Theresa used to say that you should let Christ use you without him having to consult you first. Dn't get caught up in "what constitutes women preaching" and what doesn't. If you were to talk about Jesus, I'd listen.

    Granny, you shouldn't let your gender prevent you from sharing with a man. After all, it's not you leading, it's the Holy Spirit leading. If you were to want to tell me about Jesus, I'd listen to you, without regard to your gender. And if you think I've never learned anything from you, you'd be mistaken [​IMG] .
     
  4. massdak

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    it is biblical to tell people about Christ and to give the gospel. but if it is a Church position to be the preacher then it is not biblical.
    and also i would like to mention that mother t was not a Christian and an example of her as a biblical communicator for Christ is false
     
  5. Johnv

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    That's not the issue, but since you brought it up, that's an item of interpretation, not doctrine. So if a woman is in a denomination that allows women at the pulpit, such as PCA (Presbyterian), RCA (Reformed), etc, then it would be permissable for a woman to serve in this role. In regards to Baptists, most Baptist fellowships and conventions, such as the SBC, interpret scripture to disallow women to serve at the pulpit. However, serving in non-putpit roles is allowed, and each church has different limits on women in the church.

    Since this is a Baptist-only area, and the general Baptist thought forbids women from the pulpit, along those lines, we'd be in agreement.
    Oh yes I forgot, you categorically view any Roman Catholic as not being a Christian. I disagree with your view, but respect your right to your POV.

    [ July 12, 2004, 08:29 PM: Message edited by: Johnv ]
     
  6. Gina B

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    I do kinda wonder sometimes...was Paul speaking of within a church building or within the church when he said he suffers not a woman to preach?
     
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    That's not the issue, but since you brought it up, that's an item of interpretation, not doctrine. So if a woman is in a denomination that allows women at the pulpit, such as PCA (Presbyterian), RCA (Reformed), etc, then it would be permissable for a woman to serve in this role. In regards to Baptists, most Baptist fellowships and conventions, such as the SBC, interpret scripture to disallow women to serve at the pulpit. However, serving in non-putpit roles is allowed, and each church has different limits on women in the church.

    Since this is a Baptist-only area, and the general Baptist thought forbids women from the pulpit, along those lines, we'd be in agreement.
    Oh yes I forgot, you categorically view any Roman Catholic as not being a Christian. I disagree with your view, but respect your right to your POV.
    </font>[/QUOTE]i do not categorically view all roman catholics as being not a Christian. i view all those who hold to the doctrine of the rc as a means of salvation as lost. can a roman catholic be saved? yes they can if they count only Christ as the only way for the forgiveness of sin adding anything to Him would make grace of no effect.
     
  8. Marcia

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    Gina, being an evangelist is not the same as a preacher or pastor. A preacher is doing expository teaching from the Word of God and a pastor is also shepherding the flock of the church where he pastors. I do not believe that Biblically a woman should do these latter 2 things but a woman can tell others about Jesus (evangelizing). You are not stepping into male territory to witness about Christ.
     
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    And if you think I've never learned anything from you, you'd be mistaken.

    As I live & breathe, I can't imagine what it would be; but this really means alot to me. Thanks.
     
  10. RaptureReady

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    Sorry Johnv, you are wrong again, it's not what denomination you are, but whether or not you believe the Bible, the Bible says, 1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife. Now unless you believe outside the Bible, a woman cannot take the role of a bishop/pastor.
    This is biblical and true, there are roles that women play in the church, but a pastoral/deacon position is not one.
    She may have been saved, but she was involved in the wrong church.
     
  11. HankD

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    The "deacon" part of this statement has been holtly debated here on the BB.

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  12. HankD

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    The "deacon" part of this statement has been holtly debated here on the BB.

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    The "deacon" part of this statement has been holtly debated here on the BB.

    HankD
    </font>[/QUOTE]Then let us see what the Bible says, 1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

    Now that is as plain as you can get it. Not even a modern version could do better.
     
  14. HankD

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    Fine, I didn't give my view but just stated a fact, "it has been hotly debated".

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    Fine, I didn't give my view but just stated a fact, "it has been hotly debated".

    HankD
    </font>[/QUOTE]I wonder why? My thoughts on the reason why is because people don't use the word of God as their final authority in these kind of matters. Maybe even a version issue, but that's another story.
     
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    I'm glad to hear that. Thanks for clearing that up.
     
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    This has been discussed many times. Many of us agree The context of this verse is not to exclude women, but to exclude polyamorists and polygamists. While no longer prevalent in Jewish societyat the time, it was still prevalent in many of the Greco-Roman societies. But since that has been discussed several times already oon multiple threads, I don't see a need to open up a new discussion here on that topic, except to say that this verse is not a clear-cut scriptural exclusion of women. There are other verses that we baptists interpret as such, but this generally is not one of them.
    Thankfully, our salvation is contingent upon our relationship with Christ, not our denominational affiliation.
     
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    Johnv, I do not want to open the worms either, but if the Bible says this, it is so. Also, look at events in the Bible, God used only men to lead others. I wonder why the 12 diciples were men and not women or even 1 woman.
     
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    As I remember it was centered around the use of the word "deacon" in the feminine gender for Phebe (a feminine name) although the KJV English says "servant"

    KJV Romans 16:1
    I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

    "servant" here is diakanon.

    RSV Romans 16:1
    I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cen'chre-ae,


    HankD
     
  20. North Carolina Tentmaker

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    Thanks Hank, this is a hotly debated topic even among Baptists.

    To get back to Gina's question, regardless of your view on deaconess's or women preachers there are still a multitude of opportunities for a woman to share the gospel. Evan if you are in a very traditional church there are still opportunities for women's ministries and children's ministries. If God has given you a call he will also give you an opportunity to exercise it.
     

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