Man as Male and Female

Why did God create two genders? Can men and women be equal
and yet have different roles?
  1. We are made in God’s image. – Genesis 1:27
  2. Harmonious interpersonal relationships
    1. Two become one – Genesis 2:24
    2. God has joined them together – Matthew 19:6
    3. Shared body – 1 Corinthians 7:3-5
    4. Love your spouse as your own body – Ephesians 5:28
    5. Lifelong commitment – Romans 7:2, Malachi 2:14-16
    6. Represents Christ and the church – Ephesians 5:23-32
    7. Represents the Trinity
  3. Equality in personhood and importance
    1. Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion. – Proverbs 11:22
    2. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:30
  4. Difference in role and authority
    1. The Trinity has different roles and so do we. Equally important.
  5. Application to marriage
    1. Error of Aggressiveness
    2. Errors of passivity

Application

  1. If you are being honest about your feelings, do you think it is better to be a man or a woman?
    1. How do you think God wants you to feel about that question?
  2. How does the teaching of this chapter on differences in roles between men and women compare with some of the attitudes expressed in society today?
  3. Even apart from marriage or romantic involvement, do you think God intends us to enjoy times of fellowship with mixed groups of other Christian men and women?
    1. Why do you think God puts in our heart the desire to enjoy such fellowship?
    2. Does this help you understand how it is important that unmarried people be included fully in the activities of the church?
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