womens ministries

 

Women ministering to other women is one of the most beautiful pictures we can glean from the Bible. Examples of the love displayed by women such as Ruth, Dorcas, Hannah, and the women at the foot of the cross encourage us to reach out to others with that same kind of love. 

The purpose of ministry is to equip and encourage one another in service and worship of our Lord. Please select from the list of womens ministries to the left for more details.

Serving One Another in Love - A devotional by Grace Peters

 

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16, ESV). 

 

God’s perfect design for His Church on earth mimics the movements and growth of the human body. Each member of the Church represents a different part of the body—an eye, an ear, an arm, as it were. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 teaches that no body part can say it is less or more important to the body, because our bodies need every part. The analogy is given that the physical body would not work if it were all one part. Imagine how ridiculous and limited we would be if we were just one big eye. Our sight would be impeccable, but we would be incapable of doing anything but seeing! So the spiritual Body needs every part to efficiently glorify God and work together.

 

Ephesians 4 (above) makes a similar point in that the Body is only successful when all the members are “working properly.” Just as we could not physically survive as one big eye, we could not also survive if all of our body parts were fighting each other. The hand that tries to take over the whole body would have to stop the heart, and in so doing, would destroy itself. 

 

God has equipped every one of us to serve one another in a multitude of unique and special ways. These ways, often referred to as “spiritual gifts” (Eph. 4, 1 Cor. 12, Rom. 12), are intrinsically relational. They require interaction with other believers. They are not optional, but rather necessary to glorify God. Misuse of the gifts (i.e. show partiality in service, or only serving those we know the best) or altogether neglect of the gifts and service to one another pushes aside God’s design for His Body, in which Christ is the Head. 

 

According to Ephesians 4:16, proper use of the gifts and relationships so necessary to the body results in healthy growth. Naturally, God is the orchestrator of the saving and adding of members to the Body (external growth). Yet He uses the interactions of Body members to “make the Body grow” from the inside—building itself up. We must conclude, then, that when members of the Body choose not to participate in God’s design for the Church, they hinder and stunt the Body’s growth. 

 

Church is not merely for Sunday morning worship and opportunities to sing and listen to the preaching of God’s Word, although those are all commanded in Scripture as well and absolutely important. Sunday services are just a taste of the fellowship and service that is supposed to be happening on a multi-mid-weekly basis as each of us chooses to love one another and serve each other to the glory of God. 

 

God did not save us to be alone on the earth, but nor was His Church established for our pleasure only. Ultimately, our obedience in fellowship and serving one another in love was His design to bring Himself the most glory. In His goodness, we also benefit from the joy and humility that fellowship with one another brings into our lives. 

 

In the days and weeks of bedrest and NICU living after Michael was born, God taught me that there are seasons of life when we must also allow others to serve us. Our church family continually humbled me, not necessarily because of what they did, but how they did it. Many, many people showed such joy in being able to take care of our family. They told me it was a privilege to be able to get on their hands and knees and clean my toilet. They told me they loved to be able to serve me while they mopped my kitchen floor and filled up my dishwasher with dirty dishes from days gone by. They showed me that love is not obligatory actions of service in response to being served, but rather a sacrificial attitude when nothing can be returned. God used that time of trial both to encourage me and to convict me to change my view of serving others in the body. I must be so involved in my brothers’ and sisters’ lives as to know what they are facing and how to best serve them.

 

This is God’s design for each of us: to serve and be served, to love and give to each other in far greater measures than a mere “hello” in passing once a week. We need each other—we are incapable of life alone.