God’s Plan for Order in the Church: Part 2

Posted by on Feb 15, 2009 in Rev. Serven

How should godly women adorn themselves? With modesty, self-control, good works, and quiet submission. Growing from selfish to selfless; focusing on others needs, not your own. Distinction between male and female. Adorn is a similar word to “cosmos”; bringing order, arranging things in order, in a way that is respectable. Modest is a “sense of shame”; not flashy, gaudy, or drawing undue attention to yourself. Adorning yourself with moderation, discretion, and wisdom for the situation. Historical context of the passage. Three principles for dress: heart, head, husband. Every woman submissive to her own husband. Proper jurisdictions maintained. Men and Women=equal in essence, different in function.

Text: 1 Timothy 2:9-11

Today, we continued our study on how the people of God should behave in Christ’s Church–the men, women, children, elders, and deacons. As we already learned from verse eight, the men are strongly urged to pray. This injunction was given by Paul to train men to be humble and dependent upon their sovereign God. After all, since the Lord owns “the cattle on a thousand hills” surely he will care for the needs of his people (Psalm 50:10). Moreover, the women are instructed how they should behave in Christ’s Church. They are not to focus on merely adorning themselves with fine and fashionable clothing, but–more importantly–they are to cultivate the inner person. Thus, the women are to dress in a modest manner and demonstrate their faith with an abundance of good works (cf. Proverbs 31:10-31).