Dale Armstrong – Women in Church and Ministry

Sunday January 12, 2014

Paul says in Galatians 3:26-28 that we are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus and that there is neither male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. This is a supernatural unity, Greek and Jew, slave and free, male and female. (Pastor Dale shares of how a woman song writer, Janny Grein, impacted his life and how he gave a place for her to preach. That church experienced 16 weeks of revival. During that time, God supernaturally communicated with him when he was in Kiev, and Janny was ministering in his church in Titusville.) Acts 2:16 quotes Joel which says that your sons and daughters shall prophesy and that God’s Spirit would be poured out on your menservants and maidservants. Women do have a place in ministry. The book of First Corinthians was a letter written in response to a letter the church had written to Paul. Paul’s letter refers to what they wrote previously, as seen in 1 Corinthians 7:1. Chapter 11:2-5 and 16 says that the women can pray and prophesy but that there is a flow of authority. Chapter 14:31 says that you can all prophesy. Verses 34 and 35 were not Paul’s comments, but comments he was responding to from the Corinthian church. How do we know? He just said that women may prophesy, and the law doesn’t say that women can’t prophesy anyway. It is in the Jewish commentary, not the law. Paul’s response is in verse 36-40 where he says, “Did you write the word of God?” In Acts 2:4-11 all spoke aloud in tongues. Go back to Acts 1:13-14 and see that those who were part of the 120 people werewomen, Jesus’ disciples, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Jesus’ brothers. Mary and the other women spoke in tongues on the Day of Pentecost.