The recent rash of accusations of sexual harassment and assaults in the sectors of business, entertainment and politics has led to a very public and heated conversation about sex and power and how they have been used to hurt and oppress so many women in the world. While every sector of society seems to present a solution to the current problems, the church is behind the conversation. The Scriptures and the NT writers have a great deal to say about the core issues involved in this conversation. As a family of churches we want to talk about how we, as followers of Jesus, can address these issues head on and allow the teachings of Jesus and the scriptures to give us clarity on how we are to respond.
In light of current events, we see that women are not treated with respect. Though it is front and center in our news and media, this is not a new problem. This is a problem that stems from Genesis 3 and the curse of sin. In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul tackles the need for mutual respect, humility and unity within the church.
Key Text: Eph 4.1-6; 4.17-19
We all have a measure of power (some more than others – often times men more than women). Our culture seems to operate under the notion that “the power I have is for me and my benefit”…Scripture promotes a different idea “power is meant for the benefit of others.”
Key Text: Ephesians 5.1-2
We often consider sexual purity in terms of what we do (our actions)…but it actually begins with how we think and moves into what we say and then finally leads into action.
Key Text: Ephesians 5.3-4