Manyano – Session 5

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Sections

Us to God: Worship and prayer

Start this session with song and prayer. Some weeks, you could also make time for prayer requests and ask women to share prayer items.

Me to us: Sharing

Choose one of the questions below to share your stories. If the group consists of more than eight people, divide into smaller groups.

  • What work do you enjoy doing for the church? How do you feel when you do it?
  • Think of a time when someone treated you as an equal. What happened? How did it make you feel?
  • Share about a time you felt appreciated and valued. What made you feel like that?
  • Think of a time when someone treated you as an equal. What happened? How did it make you feel?

God to us: Preaching

Since the beginning many women worked in the church.
We know of many women who worked in the church at the time that the Bible was written. So we read about Euodia and Syntyche, Phoebe, Priscilla and others, who were Paul’s fellow-workers for whom he had great love and respect.

Paul spoke with praise about several women workers in the church.
Paul said that Euodia and Syntyche worked hard with him to spread the gospel (Philippians 4:3). In Acts, Priscilla, together with her husband Aquila, explained to Apollos “more correctly the Way of God” (Acts 18:25). And in Romans 16:1, Paul said, “I recommend to you our sister Phoebe, who serves the church at Cenchreae.” The actual word Paul used in the Greek language indicates that she was a deacon.

Women and men were treated equally.
When we read these stories, we could say that when the same things are expected of both men and women, they are being treated equally. And we can draw the conclusion that this equality between men and women comes from God.

  • Since the beginning many women worked in the church.
  • Paul spoke with praise about several women workers in the church. 
  • Women and men were treated equally.

We to the world: Growing questions

Choose one or two of the questions below that will help the group grow in their church, community and lives.

  • Notice how Paul praised the women who worked with him in the church. What does this mean to you as women?
  • What does it mean to you that God gave women equality with men?
  • We see that the same things were expected of both men and women in the early church. How does that empower you?
  • What does it mean to you that God gave women equality with men?

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