In my sermon yesterday, I laid out 5 presuppositions that serve as the foundation for my teaching on Paul’s difficult instruction for women in the church found in 1 Timothy 2:11-15. Because I had several people who said I covered those too quickly for them to write them down, I’m providing them here.
If you have any questions about any of them, let me know in the comments section below. The video from yesterday is also on the blog as well as on our church website in the video archives.
1. God is sovereign. He does whatever He wants and mere man has no right to dictate to Him how things are going to be. This also means that Scripture is authoritative. The point about Scripture could stand alone as an additional presupposition, but I chose to include it here.
2. What God does is always good and right. Even if I don’t understand what He’s doing or why He’s doing it, I know that it is best. His understanding is more vast than I can imagine, so I trust Him. This is what allows me to rest in His sovereignty.
3. Men and women are created equal in value and substance, equally called and equipped for important roles and both are loved and are indwelled by the same Holy Spirit. There are no second-class citizens of God’s kingdom.
4. What God calls men and women to are equal in importance and value, but DIFFERENT.
5. No one has a right to look down upon or devalue any other human being, male or female, because of differences in calling. All Believers are equally children of the most high God and, as such, are worthy of respect.