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  • Mothers in IsraelEncouraging, Strengthening & Leading Sisters in Christ

  • Brethren Empowering Sisters

    Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.Psalms 119:80,116

  • Our Precious HopeWe are a chosen People Deut 14:2; 1 Pet 2:9 (that we should show forth his praises)We are fundamentalists. Fundamental: forming a necessary base or core; of central importance. (adjective), a central or primary rule or principle on which something is based. (noun) WikipediaFundamentalism: is the demand for a strict adherence to orthodox theological doctrines, usually understood as a reaction to Modernist theology. WikipediaWe believe and teach God has declared to us fundamental principles to live byWe need not be ashamed of our Hope Rom 1:16, 5:5 Phil 1:19-21We need not be apologetic for our love of Truth We do not need to cower and fear our faith and the outworking of that faith in our ecclesias

  • Sincerity and TruthOur worship and obedience comes in two important formsNow therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: Josh 24:14

    As teachers it is our role to ensure that all understand Truth Truth doesnt mean just first principles, it means expounding the beauty of all scriptureWe are good at that, or at least adequate. We focus on this exhorts, studies, bible class, CYCTruth alone is not enough. We need to instill Sincerity Sincerity- Sound, healthful, entire, completeA heartfelt belief that the words we speak are indeed True!Not just book knowledge emotion, steadfast faithEmotion? Feelings? Not so good at that

  • We need not panic, or wring our hands on the issues that press against usTruth will endure, but it is our task to prepareIt takes careful thought, prayer, communication and study to counteract any challengeDont wish to be reactionary, but at the same time we dont want to stir a problem that may not existNot all issues are alike this issue emotionally charged and has potential for hurt rather than healthy dialogue

  • In worldly terms, Empowerment is a loaded wordEmpower: make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life (and claiming their rights.)What is our right, what is it we possess? What is in our sisters possession that no one has the right to take from them? God has given them a gift to be a daughter of God and the world seeks to take what is theirs (theirs by grace)In our context it is about instilling confidence, Godly pride, a sense of honour in their high callingThat their position is not one to be ashamed of, that their role is not demeaning, secondary, less importantThat their talents regardless of that ability, can be maximized and utilized to greatest effect in service to our Heavenly Father

  • Brethren Empowering SistersMordecai and EstherEsther full of faith and Godly wisdomMordecai provided support and guidance for her to do what only she could doDavid and AbigailAbigail was the leader in this meeting, determination, decisive, GodlyDavid did not ignore her, he praised her, he encouraged her in her incredible faithJesus and the Woman at the wellJesus was the leader, the king, the Son of God, yet he did not lord over herHe skillfully, gently and patiently drew out of her a good confession of her life, demonstrated her faith

  • We need them, they need usWe need to be pulling towards the same goal, with all hands working in unison

  • As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 1 Cor 12: 20-24 (ESV)

  • ManIn the parable of Christ and the ecclesia, Man strives to represent Christ, (albeit imperfectly)To lead, to provide primarily spiritual guidance, leadership, mentorship in the House of God. It is not about skill, talent, ability. It is about humility and serviceWe must act in all our doings, to be worthy of being compared to Jesus in our leadership, care and teaching. We must balance Mercy and Truth as Jesus didTruth: We hold in our hands the truth and ultimate direction of the spiritual health of the teaching side of our ecclesiaMercy: As leaders, as Jesus always demonstrated, we must show compassion, understanding and patience in our guidance of the ecclesiaLiving the Parable

  • WomanIn the parable of Christ and the ecclesia, Woman represents the ecclesia (that includes representing men and women, not just women) she represents us brethrenIn the ecclesia of God, she is asked to keep silence (contemplative attentive listening) not because she has nothing valuable to say, because we, men and women need to learn to listen to our Head.They are covered. Indeed it represents submission to the husband, to the man, but that is not the head-coverings primary reason for being! Sisters are living the parable in their humility by covering their head. Sisters in their covering represent brethren too all of us, humble in need of a covering- submitting to our Husband Christ Jesus. They do us a service, they teach us every week by their humility

    Living the Parable

  • Empower: make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life

    How do we make all members understand how privileged we are? How do we make brethren and sisters not be ashamed of their God given responsibilities? Being a son and daughter of God comes with both;Honour and privilegeResponsibilities and self sacrifice Stronger, confident in Faith

  • Many members...One body (1 Cor 12:20)What key characteristics do sisters have?Naturally think of:Thoughtful, observant of others, caring, determined when faced with a challenge or issue, caregiver at home and ecclesia.Compassionate, natural attitude of servitude for the familyOften lead our praise in the ecclesia (hymns, songs)Hannah, Elisabeth, Ruth, Naomi, Leah, MaryOther characteristics?Outgoing personalities, natural leaders Incredible mind for bringing out gems from the Word, students of the WordExceptional teachers, preachers a gift for breaking down the Word into simple termsDeborah, Rahab, Esther, Lydia, Miriam, Jael

  • Sisters, teaching SistersSisters are commanded to lead....sistersTitus 2:1-5 (NASB)Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.Sisters leading and teaching sistersSometimes this needs to be emphasized and encouraged more by brethren how?

  • How do we encourage Sisters to not be ashamed of their God-entrusted role? (as the world would have them be)Not all Sisters face the issue of being unsure or embarrassed However all Sisters need to believe their role counts, is impactful to the ecclesiaAre the things that concern us as brethren the same things that concern Sisters? Are there gaps we can address in our programs, our teachings, our exhortations?How do we as brethren in our God-given task as shepherds, utilize our Sisters skills for the health, growth, and ongoing management of the ecclesia?

    Feeding the Fire, Fanning the Flames

  • While we spend a lot of time examining the sisters role, the key to them doing their role is that WE do ours!We must:do it well Christ dedicated every waking second to his disciples we must act as servants, not lords the lesson of Jesus washing his disciples feet

  • Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. Hebrews 10:35

    And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 1 John 2:28

    Confidence St 3954 cheerful courage, boldness, without concealment

  • Breakout Session #3

  • Discussion on leadership OUR leadership, self examinationThe great value and sometime danger of traditionExamining closely our culture of praise and values around service

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