Church Life

Neither Male nor Female

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My husband and I are currently training to be church planters. The Lord has called us both to the work of planting churches. Hear me: I’m not called to be a church planter’s wife. I am called to be a church planter. The couple that is training us is treating me exactly the same as they treat my husband. He isn’t the “front man” while I’m his helper behind the scenes. It would be perfectly fine if that was the case, but it’s not. I’m called to plant churches in a very similar way to my husband.

For example: a few weeks ago, the couple training us had to be out of town for the weekend, so I was the one who brought the teaching to the church they are planting. Me. A woman.

I grew up in a denomination that severely restricted how women could function within the church. For much of my life I bought into these restrictions. However, the Lord has graciously opened my eyes to His heart’s desire.

For the past four years, we have lived in a church that sets no distinction between what men and women can do. All are equal partakers in Christ Jesus and all are free to function however the Lord asks them to. It is amazing how much more of Christ is expressed when there are no man-made hindrances.

Before I point you in the direction of some wonderful articles that shed more light on this subject, I would like to point out something. Man “ruling” over woman came about as part of the fall. It was never God’s desire. So if Jesus Christ destroyed the power of the curse on the cross, why would we think God would want us to hang on to part of it? Hmmm…

Well, anyways, here goes. *Hope you find these as helpful as I have.

If you are thinking about the Ephesians verses that talk about man being the head of woman read these:

Kephale (greek word translated “head”)

The Head of the Epistles

If you are thinking about women’s role in the church via Timothy or Corinthians read these:

Let Your Women Keep Silent – if you only have time to read one right now, read this one.

Confined to the kitchen?

The Body with One Part?

What’s With Paul and Women? – a book

The Black Swan Effect – a book

If you are wondering why everything is translated “man” in Scripture read this:

Upon the Ground of Men?

God’s TRUE view of women:

God’s View of a Woman

Sisters AND Brothers – let’s take our high place in Christ TOGETHER.

*I have read every article I linked to and believe they are in line with the heart of Christ.  However, please don’t assume that because I link to an author, that I agree with everything they believe. Luckily, we don’t have to see eye to eye on everything to still be one in Christ.

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kennth Dawson
    September 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I’m with you all the way sister..the lord delivered me from all that hierarchies stuff years ago..I do not care who The Lord uses to speak to me as long as it’s him who is really doing the talking.

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      Bridget Babione
      September 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Amen, brother!

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    Frankie V.
    September 24, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Thx. for the shout out! Your blog looks incredible. Great design! Impressed.

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      Bridget Babione
      September 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks, Frank! And thanks for the Life you have ministered to us over the years!

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    Nick
    September 24, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I can testify that this is a sister who has spoken Christ with authority to me on numerous occasions! 🙂

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      Bridget Babione
      September 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Haha, Nick! You and Steph have been on our minds. Enjoy your last few days engaged. I know your wedding will be beautiful and special and I’m so happy that you guys will be in G-Ville for a while.

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    Amanda Iosa
    September 24, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Thank you, sister, this is great! I’m happy to hear about some of your “training” experience. So excited for you and your husband, and for this new expression of Christ you’re part of.

    In my mind, when God looks at us, He sees Christ, so I don’t think He even sees whether it’s a man or woman expressing His Son. He just sees Jesus expressing Himself, and is delighted with that.

    Personally, I’m in a season right now where my only option is attending a traditional, denominational church. I’m part of a weekly “small group” that is basically a potluck and Bible study. The other week, it was time to revamp the rotation for group facilitators. I think the Spirit volunteered me, because the words “I’ll take a week, too” came out before I even thought of it. To my surprise, I’m now leading the Bible study once a month, and the only woman doing it. I’m excited to see what will happen. It’s so nice to really function again!

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      Bridget Babione
      September 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Isn’t it glorious that God sees His Christ when He looks at us!?! What blessed freedom!!
      It’s great to hear that you are able function more. Like you said, Christ delights in expressing himself through you. 🙂

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    miltrodriguez
    September 24, 2014 at 9:56 am

    It is a real pleasure to be training you and your husband! It’s awesome to have a sister in that training. Looking forward to having more!!!

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      Bridget Babione
      September 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you so much for ministering Christ us! You and Mary continue bless us beyond measure. I, too, look forward to more trainees, especially sisters!

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    Kalil
    September 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing from your experience. Thanks for sharing the additional resources as well. You can preach to me anytime ☺

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      Bridget Babione
      September 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Careful what you wish for, Kalil. 😛

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    Hayley
    October 6, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Love reading your blog and this one reminded me of the hours spent in your home receiving from both of you equally on all things pertaining to Christ

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      Bridget Babione
      October 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Hello Sister! It was a blessing to us to have you in our home and get to fellowship with you. We received Christ from you as well!! Love to Australia from the states. :-*

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