This area of Chapter 3 Ministries has been created with a heart for issues common to Christian women specifically relating to married life, single life, motherhood, personal character and behavior, and the home.
Chapter 3 of 1 Peter contains several verses that Chapter 3 Ministries was founded upon. Some of them speak of God’s will for Christian wives. They are 1 Peter 3:1-6. There is a lot to consider in these verses including submission, chaste and respectful behavior, fear, and hope in God. We also read that we are called to imitate Sarah and the women of old who lived as she did.
These verses are powerful and challenging. Understanding and applying them can take years, but they and so many other verses throughout the scriptures can help us to respond to God’s call on our lives. It helps to have guidance and encouragement along the way. Along with good preaching, I believe God provided for this by establishing a mission for older women in the church. We find that mission recorded in Titus 2:3-5. I have long been moved by these verses that admonish older women to teach and encourage younger women in the ways that God has called them to live. Here are those verses.
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” Tit 2:3-5 (NASB)
In these verses we see that older women are to teach what is good and they are to encourage young women. The areas that are mentioned are marriage, motherhood, personal character and behavior, and the home. These are very important areas. Let it never be said that women are delegated to insignificant work in Christianity! I think that the Lord has done something quite wonderful in ordaining this mission in the church. Fulfilled, it can lead to stronger marriages and families. Could it even be said that it could affect our churches, communities, and country? As good as all this is, I believe that when women come together in the spirit of Titus 2:3-5 it can bring glory to God and direct hearts towards his will. All human benefits pale in comparison.
Please see the articles listed in the sidebar menu. As my site develops you will find more articles on this page pertaining to the areas mentioned above. You may also wish to visit my blog for related posts. It is my hope that together they will serve to encourage women whether they feel they are in the role of the “older woman” or the “young woman” or both. And though all are not specifically mentioned in the Titus verses, the circle of my ministry expands to all women whether they are married, single, divorced, or widowed. Please check back for new articles.
“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.” 1 Peter 3:1-6