For most of us, the amount of worth we each have is somewhat inconceivable for us. God worked to design us in a specific and beautiful way. As he made us, beautiful in his sight, he cast a reflection of who He is upon us. He not only knows us, but also created every fiber of our being.
The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together — a reflection of God’s character and attributes. We are His design, His creation and He gave us the utmost worth and value. He designed us for His love, for joy and for good things. It’s not something we can earn; it’s God given.
Our worth and identity do not have to be defined by our culture, our work, our bodies, our homes or our marital status. Our own failings and performance do not dictate our worth.
God made us.
God loves us.
God sent His son to make us His daughters, and in doing so, he made us sisters in Christ.
In Christ, we are loved and united. He has given women an identity and a purpose. So we come together under the banner of Women's Ministry to gather and enjoy the gift of being sisters. But like the Bible tells us we are to do (Prov 27:17), we also gather to train one another.
We train to know & believe.
Jesus answered them [the disciples],“This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 6:29
When we train, we encourage each other to know what we, as Christians, believe and why we believe it. God has revealed truth to us through his written word, the Scriptures. The Bible tells us about who God is. Through His word, we get to know the one true God in whom we can trust and worship. This training with other women helps safeguard us from worshiping a god we make up in our own minds or the idols culture creates.
The Bible also exposes our hearts and shows us who we are. Knowing our need and how Jesus satisfies it will magnify our worship of Him. It also gives us deeper joy and rest. We need not fear anything, be ashamed, or need to strive for His love.
The work Jesus is referring to in John 6 isn’t to ‘do better’ or try harder to be good. The work is to believe in the Gospel — that Jesus Christ paid the penalty of our sins, gives us His righteousness and a secure identity in Him.
Training to remember the Gospel requires serious work and is a process, much like going to the gym; you can’t go once to learn the equipment and never go back to enjoy the benefits of exercise. Thankfully, even as we work, we still have rest knowing that it is God who began a good work in us, will also bring it to completion (Phil. 1:6).
We train together.
Titus 2:4 “Older women train the younger women…”
1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body and individually members of it.”
When we gather we grow not only in the knowledge of the Gospel, but also in relationships with each other also as a result of the Gospel. We have the common experience of knowing how needy we are and the common reality that we have been met in that need with grace and blessing through Jesus Christ. In this reality, we can grow in honesty, freedom, grace, gentleness, humility, boldness, joy, and empathy together.
One of the beautiful things about all I have said is that we can do it anytime and in any setting. We don’t need a structured ministry for this to happen. Women can encourage each other with the Gospel at anytime. We can teach and learn from one another through friendships and observation as well as go to Scripture together anytime.
A structured Women’s Ministry can bring great benefit, though, in bringing us together as a group of sisters, making some of these aspects more accessible. Through structured studies and events many women can glean from the teaching. It can also open doors to new relationships, and learning from women we wouldn’t normally get the privilege to interact with.
We train for good works.
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:14
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11
So that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. Titus 3:7-8
When we gather together to study the Bible we are being trained for good works. The Bible is full of wisdom, teaching us what good works are and the encouragement to do them as our faith plays out in action.
Continuing my analogy of working out, why would one go to the gym? Not to earn her worth or prove herself, but because she enjoys it. It’s hard work, it takes discipline, but it’s profitable for herself and others.
We train because we are worthy and it’s good for us. We do it not to earn our worth, but because we already have it in Jesus. Now that he has made us free, we are free to try, to learn, grow, fall down, fail, and keep going. We train in good works because it’s profitable for us and others; it shows God to those we love, our family, friends, church and neighbors. We want to be His ambassadors and bring Him honor through our lives and we are free to try because in Christ and His work in us our lives do bring God glory!
We enjoy one another.
When we grow in our understanding of the gospel and how it changes our daily beliefs, we will enjoy God and each other more and more. Growth in practicing our belief of the gospel will produce the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22, 23). And that produces beautiful, gracious relationships.
In light of our need, knowing how loved, how worthy and cherished we are will produce a beautiful overflow that we get to enjoy together as sisters.
We do women’s ministry for these reasons and so many more. If you’re interested, join one of our weekly Bible studies, or stay tuned to church communications as we plan our events for all ladies inside and outside our church.