Ministering to women in matters of marriage, apologetics, and the Christian Life

Sharon Lareau
Chapter 3 Ministries
Statement of Faith

The Glorious Word of God

I believe…

… that the 66 books of Scripture contained in the Old and New Testaments were inspired by God, and as originally given, were inerrant.

… that God has preserved His word in the Old and New Testaments books and therefore they are the supreme authority in faith and life. As such they contain what we need to know about God, what we need to know about the way of salvation, and what we must learn to live lives that are pleasing to God.

… that nothing ought to be added to the Scriptures. They are the special revelation of God to His people and the world.

My Awesome God

I believe…

… there is only one God; and He is infinite, independent, eternal, immutable, and holy.

… that God is triune – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

… that the three are equally God yet have different roles.

… that God is sovereign overall and is filled with loving-kindness.

… that nothing in all of life compares to God. He is awesome and the greatest joy we can know.

The Way of Salvation   

I believe…

… that God created the world and everything in it in six days and that His creation was good.

…  that sin entered the world through Adam. Thereafter death entered the world and spread to all because all sin and fall short of the glory of God. I believe, therefore, that none are righteous and that all are accountable to God, our righteous Judge.

… that God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son Jesus that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

… that the biblical and historical figure Jesus Christ was the incarnate Son of God sent in the flesh by His Father to save His people from their sins.

.. . that sinners are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. It is trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work that saves, not good works.

… that true saving faith is manifested by good works and by a love for God and by love for the child born of Him.

… that Christians should seek to share Christ and the truth of the gospel with others by being a light and by lovingly sharing God’s word.

Regarding Marriage

I believe…

… that God has ordained the husband as head of his wife and that a wife should respect her husband. Though a husband is the head of his wife, his headship is not supreme in his wife’s life. A wife is still responsible for her own actions and absolute authority lies only in God.

… that Christian wives are called to submit to their husbands as to the Lord in everything. “In everything” does not include anything that is contrary to the word of God.

…  that a wife should not suffer in silence. She should communicate her needs and desires to her husband. If she is in an abusive situation, she should seek help as soon as possible and in a safe way. (Please see: Domestic Abuse in Marriage)

… that older Christian women should heed the call of Titus 2:3-5 and minister in whatever way the Lord provides for them to do so.

… that the entire counsel of the Bible is the guide for how a wife should behave in marriage, not just the verses relating to marriage.

Regarding Women Teachers in the Church

I believe…

… that the instructions to the church contained in 1 Timothy 2:12-14 still apply today. In other words, I believe that teaching and leadership roles that serve the whole church are to be filled by biblically qualified men. This would include the role of pastors and elders. I see no restrictions to women serving in other ways or teaching women or children. In fact, Titus 2:3-5 instructs older women to teach younger women. It is in response to these verses that this ministry exists. While my website is available to all, it is not my intent to teach men. My ministry is to women; and even in that, I serve under the loving guidance and headship of my husband. I submit my theological content (and oftentimes my non-theological content) to him for assessment before I publish it.

Regarding Apologetics

I believe…

… that Christians should strive to be ready to give a defense for their hope in Jesus Christ. This work may be big or small depending on their circumstances, but it is part of what we have been called to do.

… that defense should always be given with gentleness and reverence.

… that the aim of apologetics is not to win arguments but to glorify God and to promote correct biblical knowledge and true worship.

Post Tenebras Lux

Sharon Lareau