Topics for 08-06-2019

On Sunday we talked about 1 Timothy 2:8-15.  Paul encouraged men everywhere to unite in prayer and leave behind their quarrels and divisions.  We then spent a good deal of time unpacking the background behind Paul's instructions to Timothy regarding a group of wealthy women in the church.  These women were using the worship service to display their wealth by the way they were dressing.  They also began participating in the dangerous Ephesian heresy and teaching it to others.  Paul's admonition to these women was to exercise restraint and self-control in how they were dressing and to stop teaching and focus on learning and listening.  A large part of this discussion was on the cultural impact and damage to the gospel that was brought about by the actions of these women.  Given this cultural background, we concluded that Paul's instructions to the Ephesian church through Timothy were not intended to be binding on all churches.

  1. What teaching roles are available to women in the church?  Are there other passages of Scripture we should consider along with our text?
  2. Can you think of another area where lack of cultural sensitivity could result in bringing damage to the gospel message?  Are there other examples of this kind of activity in the New Testament?