Men, front and center

leadTomorrow in Brazil is Father’s Day. I’m in the middle of a series of sermons on what makes the New Testament church distinctive from human denominations and groups.

So I decided to preach tomorrow on “Men, Front and Center.”

My main text is 1 Timothy 2:8. Main points are:

1. Men (males) pray (and lead).
2. What men are to do.
3. Why men?

After the decision to preach on this topic, I read about the U.S. Assembly of God electing the first woman to their executive presbytery, as I think they call it.

Also, about the same time, came this quote in a major Brazilian evangelical magazine, from one of their leaders, which just confirmed that male leadership in the church sets us apart from most others:

“The tendency is to ordain more and more women [to the ministry]. The Protestant churches that still resist won’t last.”

Maybe he’s right about Protestant churches, but I’m glad that the church of our Lord, as long as it bases its faith, practice and mission upon the New Testament, will endure forever.

4 Replies to “Men, front and center”

  1. Randal,

    You said: “I’m glad that the church of our Lord, as long as it bases its faith, practice and mission upon the New Testament, will endure forever.”

    AMEN! and AMEN!

    Mike

  2. The lesson went well this morning, at least, I was pleased with it. Our people are attuned to Scripture on this truth, so it wasn’t a heavy thing. I may see if I can translate it, it’s a two-page outline, but with so much to do at the moment, I don’t promise.

  3. Randal, why are the Corinthian women told that they need their heads covered when praying or prophesying if they were not doing that in the church? And were not Priscilla, Lydia, Phoebe leaders in the NT church too?

What do you think?