Is it Biblical for Women to Serve in Ministry?

Our ministry has been blessed by many women who have travelled with us and have loved on people overseas using the gifts and graces that God has given to them.

Accepting that women can be useful in ministry has been a progressive revelation, you could say. When I came to know the Lord 40 years ago, I was taught that the Bible prohibited women from being in ministry. I now see I didn’t understand this properly because I had the wrong idea of what ministry is. Ministry is service. We are all called to serve.

Women are full of gifts and talents because, like men, they received the Holy Spirit when they believed. It says in Ephesians 4:7-8 [NIV] that Jesus gave grace and gifts to everyone:

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”

God did not give His grace and His Spirit to only men. The grace that is working so powerfully through His Spirit is working through all who believe, regardless of gender.

God’s grace prompts us all to love and serve one another. Perhaps women were excluded from the ability to minister when someone decided that “being in the ministry” was something more than humble service and loving people.

God’s plan for His church is very clear. On the day He gave birth to the church, in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit was poured out on all the believers in that room, not just the men. To explain to the crowd what was happening Peter stood up with the Eleven and quoted the prophet Joel:

‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17-21 NIV

The Scriptures make it very clear that sons and DAUGHTERS shall prophesy, and even FEMALE SERVANTS, women of low position, shall prophesy by the Spirit of God. That’s His design. That’s what He wants us to do.

It would be wrong for us to neglect the talents and gifts God has invested in each one of us and not to use them for His glory. We can look at the Parable of the Talents for just one of many teachings about the consequences for the person who buries his talent in the ground and doesn’t use what God has given him as God wants.

The biblical record is clear. Many women were used by God to serve others with their gifts. Philip the Evangelist “had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.” Acts 21:9 NIV

The Samaritan woman at the well became an evangelist right after speaking to Jesus because she brought her whole town out to meet Him.

The 4 daughters of Philip and the Samaritan woman were NOT being silent when they told others about Jesus. They were obeying the Great Commission as well as the prompting of the Holy Spirit. How can we justify forcing women to always remain silent when we are all commanded to share the gospel and to be good stewards of the talents we have been given?

Is there any question but that the harvest is plentiful and the workers few? We cannot let the resources that God has placed in women to go to waste. We must equip women and then release them to do God’s work. We need everyone to join in this great commission our Lord gave us.

So guys, let’s not grieve the Holy Spirit by refusing to let Him speak through His daughters.

And ladies, let me encourage you: God believes in you more than you probably believe in yourself. Trust Him, take a step of faith, and watch what God will do through your life.

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