(OT, NT - Today)
The ministry of women has
been from Bible times and still moves on today,
The book of Acts 2:17-18 and the book of Joel
2:28-29 tell us: "In the last days God
will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. Your
sons and daughters shall prophesy, menservants
and maidservants shall prophesy." According
to some Bible theologians the word "prophesy"
means to preach the word of God, and to other
theologians it's to proclaim a message directly
from God. Whenever one gave a prophesy, it
was always a message to a group of people
or an individual.
In Luke 2:36-38, Anna was 84 years old when
she gave her historic prophecy regarding Jesus
to everyone that was in the temple. The name
Anna means "Favor" or "Grace."
God revealed the Messiah, the Hope of the
world, to this elderly lady and she spoke
it to all that were near.
In Acts 21:9, Philip the Evangelist had four
unmarried daughters who prophesied.
Romans 16:1 tells us of Phoebe. Her name means
"Pure" or "Radiant as the moon."
Paul addressed her as a servant and helper
of the church. In some Bible translations
she is called a deaconess and other translations
consider her to be a minister. According to
many Bible scholars, Phoebe was the one who
carried the written book of Romans to the
congregation, probably from Corinth to Rome.
This would declare a place for women in the
sharing of the word of God to the world.
Judges 4:4-5, Deborah was a Spirit-filled,
multitalented woman. Her name means "Honey
Bee." She was wise and shared with her
friends. Her influence and authority was used
by God to bring victory to her people Israel.
God had given her talent and leadership ability.
She was a song writer and sang as well. She
was a true woman of God who judged or led
Israel for 40 years.
The reason Deborah was so effective in her
ministry is because of her spiritual commitment
and walk with God. She was also called a Prophetess.
Susanna Wesley mother of
John and Charles Wesley, while her husband
was absent in London in 1711, attending Convocation,
Mrs. Wesley adopted the practice of reading
in her family, and instructing them. One of
the servants told his parents and they wished
to come. These told others, and they came,
till the congregations amounted to forty,
and increased till they were over two hundred,
and the parsonage could not contain all that
came. She read to them the best and most awakening
sermons she could find in the library, talked
to the people freely and affectionately. There
meetings were held "because she thought
the end of the institution of the Sabbath
was not fully answered by attending Church
unless the intermediate spaces of time were
filled up by other acts of devotion."
Inman, the Curate, was a
very ignorant and narrow man. He became jealous
because her audience was larger than his,
and he wrote to Mr. Wesley, complaining that
his wife, in his absence, had turned the parsonage
into a conventicle; that the Church was likely
to be scandalized by such irregular proceedings;
and that they ought to be tolerated no longer.
Mr. Wesley wrote to his wife that she should
get some one else to read the sermons. She
replied that there was not a man there who
could read a sermon without spoiling it.
Inman, the Curate, still
complained, and the Rector wrote to Mrs. Wesley
that the meetings should be discontinued.
Mrs. Wesley answered him by showing what good
the meetings had done, and that none were
opposed to them but Mr. Inman and one other.
She then concludes with these wonderful sentences:
"If after all this you think fit to dissolve
this assembly do not tell me you desire me
to do it, for that will not satisfy my conscience;
but send your positive command in such full
and express terms as may absolve me from all
guilt and punishment for neglecting this opportunity
for doing good when you and I shall appear
before the great and awful tribunal of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
Were not these the first
Methodist meetings held by the Wesleys?
Can we wonder that Isaac
Taylor says that "the mother of the Wesleys
was the mother of Methodism;" and that
in her characteristic letter, when she said,
"'Do not advise me, but command me to
desist,'" she was bringing to its place
a corner-stone of the future of Methodism."
Who can tell the influence
those meetings of their mother in the parsonage
had upon John and Charles in future years,
who were then little boys, and always present!
Today many Christian women are carrying the
Gospel to the world. Some religious folks
say women are not to speak in church or to
men about God, but from the Biblical record
women have always spoken. If women are not
allowed to speak to men about God, then what
does one do with John 20:11-18; Jesus appeared
to Mary Magdalene and told her to go tell
his brothers. And Matthew 29:9-10; the women
went to tell the brothers about Jesus.
Corrie ten Boom, God had used her to carry
His word to many people behind the Iron Curtain.
She was also used by God in a great ministry
of reconciliation and forgiveness.
Ruth Bell Graham: Ruth is the wife of Billy
Graham. She was the Sunday school teacher
at Montreat College. Ruth had a great love
for memorizing the Word of God and would encourage
all of her students to do the same. She has
a great love for reaching the lost and a genuine
interest in the welfare of teenagers.
Kathryn Kulmann: To be in a meeting with her
as she preached was as if the person of the
Holy Spirit filled the atmosphere. Jesus would
become so real one couldn't help but be aware
of His wonderful love for all mankind. Thousands
of people would fill the big halls. They came
from almost every denomination in the world.
There were Baptists, Catholics, Methodists,
Greek Orthodox, Lutherans, Charismatics, Episcopalians,
Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Independents
and many others. All kinds of people groups
There were many great reports of all kinds
of physical healing in her meetings. Thousands
of people would answer the altar calls in
every meeting. She had a great love for lost
souls. She never ended a meeting without giving
someone a chance to receive Christ Jesus into
their lives. She would often say that the
greatest miracle of all was the miracle of
the new birth experience (being born again).
Healing was secondary. And yet God did both
in her meetings.
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God said through Joel, "In
the last day I will pour out my Spirit upon
all flesh and your sons and daughters shall
prophecy." How can one not help recognize
what God wants to do in His church through
men and women today? The gifts are for the
body of Christ and the Holy Spirit is the
giver of those gifts to whomever will receive
them. Male or female - when truly filled with
the Holy Spirit and used by Him - they will
give all the glory to the Father and the Son.
He shall use them in mighty ways because He
is fulfilling His word. "I will pour
out my Spirit upon all flesh and they shall