Lecture 23: The Doctrine of the Church (Part 5)
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The question of the role of men and women in ministry is a significant issue. The main question is, "According to Scripture, is gender particularly and uniquely relevant in assessing whether or not a person is qualified for a given ministry in a church or home?"
The Doctrine of the Church (Part 5)
d. Roles of men and women in ministry
Egalitarian vs Complementarian: Is gender ever relevant in roles of leadership and decision making in the church and in the home?
1) Egalitarian View
a) Creation: Male and female are created equal in essence and role.
b) Fall: The fall resulted in the women being put in submission to men. Man will rule over women.
c) Redemption: Males and females are restored to original equality in essence and role.
2) Complementarian View
a) Creation: Male and Female created equal in essence but there is distinction in role. Hold to male headship in creation. (Creation mirrors hierarchy in the Trinity)
b) Fall: Essence stays the same but roles are affected. A result of the fall was to build into women a tendency for women to want to reverse the created order of responding to male authority.
c) Redemption: Full equality in Christ but male headship reestablished in the home and the faith community as established in creation.
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