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by Joanna Weaver
"Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22).
It's ludicrous to think that God would have gone to so much trouble to send His own Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die if there had been any other way to reconcile you and me to His heart and to restore the relationship that fell apart when Eve took that first bite.
And it's absurd to think that Jesus would have agreed to go through such torment had there been an easier path. . . . Why suffer disgrace and public ridicule, the cross and all its shame, if all that heaven required was enough good works on our part to outweigh the bad?
The answer is simple: Jesus came and died and rose again because the ransom had to be paid; the debt we owed had to be satisfied; the power of sin and death that ruled over humanity from the beginning of time had to be broken. But in order for that to happen, blood had to be spilled. For without it, there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).
Only one spotless Lamb could satisfy the requirement. And only one Lion of Judah could break all our chains.
God is love. Oh yes, He is. But love is Jesus. And if we want one, we must accept the other.
For until we walk through the doorway that Jesus opened on the cross, we will never find the center-of-God's-heart relationship we need and the incredible love for which we were made.
With more than one million books in print, Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and In Touch. The parents of three, Joanna and her pastor husband, John, live in Montana.
What Ministers to a Woman?
Today like never before, women are hurting. They are overwhelmed with responsibilities and inundated with lies. Many come from unhealthy and dysfunctional backgrounds that have left them ill-equipped to handle life’s pressures. Due to heavy responsibilities and dissolving families, many women feel isolated and lonely.
When a woman walks into a church, she is looking for someone to care, encourage, and listen to her—she desperately needs the Body of Christ. She wants to know that she is not alone, and she needs the hope that a personal relationship with Jesus can provide.
We can discover what best ministers to a women when we understand her design. Genesis 2:18-24 reveals that God created the first woman, Eve, with distinct differences from her counterpart, Adam. “Adam was created from the ground and was assigned tasks. [But] Eve was created from Adam’s side. She was designed specifically for relationship—created to meet Adam's relational need and equipped to bear and nurture children.”1
Since creation, men and women have been distinctly different. Here are some general differences between most (although not all) men and women:
- Emotionally: Women process emotions through talking; they are more emotionally expressive. Men process emotions through action; they are more emotionally reserved.2
- Verbally: Women communicate mainly to express themselves; they expand on details. Men communicate mainly to exchange information; they condense details.3
- Relationally: The female hormone oxytocin promotes a woman’s stronger desire to bond.4
While sermons can challenge and inspire a woman, genuine life-change happens when someone enters her emotional world, connects with her, and encourages her on a personal level. She experiences the most growth within relationships that provide empathy, presence, conversation, and emotional connection.
It would be unhealthy for a male pastor or leader to have the relationship described above with a woman in his congregation. The Bible tells us that women are the best models of godly behavior for other women (Titus 2). Women understand women. Allowing women to minister to other women will prevent unhealthy emotional attachments between male pastors and women in the congregation.5 This is why ministry to women, by women, is a vital part of a healthy congregation.
Clarensau, Secrets: Transforming Your Life and Marriage (Springfield:
Gospel Publishing, 2009), 29.
2Jimmy and Karen Evans, Marriage on the Rock (Ventura: Gospel Light, 2006), 216, 217.
3H. Norman Wright, Communication:Key to Your Marriage (Ventura: Regal Books, 2000), 140, 142.
4 Beverly White Hislop, Shepherding a Woman's Heart (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2003), 60.
©2012 National Women’s Department, General Council of the Assemblies of God
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