Men, Women and 1 Timothy 2

Today's sermon on 1 Timothy 2:8-15 on men and women in the church will likely raise many questions. Some of the following resources might provide a starting point for your own study. 

Complementarianism is the view that that God has made men and women equal but complementary and that this leads to restrictions on women serving in some church leadership roles. Egalitarianism is the view that there are no gender-based restrictions on ministry in the church. 

As I said, although our denomination is egalitarian in practice this does not appear to be what the Bible teaches. 

A good place to start is with the following article:

http://www.gotquestions.org/complementarianism-vs-egalitarianism.html

Both views are summarised here:

http://cbmw.org/uncategorized/summaries-of-the-egalitarian-and-complementarian-positions/

And complementarianism is helpfully set out on the excellent Girls Gone Wise site here:

http://www.girlsgonewise.com/complementarianism-for-dummies/

Douglas Moo takes an excellent and detailed look at 1 Timothy 2:11-15 here: 

https://bible.org/seriespage/what-does-it-mean-not-teach-or-have-authority-over-men-1-timothy-211-15

Some might wonder why we do not take a more neutral position, recognising that Christians differ even within our denomination. In part it is because how we approach the Bible on this issue has massive ramifications for many other issues also. This is helpfully explored in the following round table discussion between Tim Keller, Don Carson and John Piper - three excellent Bible teachers you will often hear quoted in Hill Street. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3KgNEU3_dc

Nigel McCullough
3 May 2015