I think I am having a wife joke. Women are so precious and they ought to be precious to their husbands and to the congregation. For women are precious to God:
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
He didn’t just create man in his image but both in his image. The whole needing a leader in the family thing came about after we broke everything with sin. Before that, they were co-equal stewards of God’s creation. And now we are co-equal recipients of God’s salvation, for we are both created by God, we both have worth and are both full of the Holy Spirit. To show this, lets go to one of the verses from last week, 1 cor 11:11-12.
Created by God
Created by God
A. Equal in the Kingdom
Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
1. Different tools
a. they were arguing about women
b. Paul said knock if off you are no better
c. Look how you act out for communion
2. Different ways
a. Women bring their own strengths
b. Women though different ought to be cherished
c. Just like we talked about yesterday, women and men are different
i. Meant to complement each other
ii. What a woman is designed and created for is special
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
B. Created to Worship
1. God alone
a. not their husbands, sorry fellas
b. But through her love for God she loves others
i. First two commands Jesus gave
2. To bring your spark
a. You’re own flare
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
b. God warns about quenching the Spirit
Do not quench the Spirit.
c. Be free to worship in your own way
i. Jesus set us free
You are Worthy
You are Worthy
A. You have Worth
1. Don’t search the world
a. They only seek their own benefit
b. To be used and throw away
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
c. Man’s Idea
i. To be used
ii. Didn’t care
d. Objectify women
ii. Satan’s lies
Don’t let people define you, only let God define you. You spend 2 - 2.5 hours a day on social media, but how much time do we spend in the Word of God. It is easy to get distracted from what God says.
2. God’s Idea
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
a. Fearfully and wonderfully made
i. God defines your worth
ii. His love is deep and wide for you
iii. Nothing can separate you
b. Find the perfection of God in your flaws
Talked about this, this week with someone. Paul said:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
3. Let God’s word define you
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
a. Made in the image of God
b. You were made on purpose for a purpose
c. Let the Spirit Guide your days
Full of the Holy Spirit
Full of the Holy Spirit
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
A. Salvation is Equal
1. Everyone’s is the same
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
a. We are all equal in sin
b. Therefore we are equal in salvation
2. God is not a respecter of persons
a. Treats all as his children
b. You are a child of God
i. Either saved or lost
3. We all possess the Holy Spirit
a. That’s what convicts us
b. That’s what defines us
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
c. If we walk in the Spirit
i. Spirit will define you
ii. You will understand what it is
iii. This is a choice you must make
Gal 5 sums it all up. You can either walk by the flesh and be defined by the flesh, which will never satisfy and will always ask for more, or you can walk in the Spirit and be defined by the Spirit which brings freedom and contentment, which reminds you that you are created by God in His image, worthy and loved by the creation. The Spirit reminds you of your worth in Christ, that you were created on purpose and for a purpose. Finally, remember, that when you aren’t feeling it and when you don’t understand it, you are full of the Holy Spirit, which you can call upon to help you, lift you and remind you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.