Disciplers on the Rise
Another friend and I were talking recently about the droves of women coming out of seminary in the coming years. These women have or will have studied biblical texts, learned Hebrew and Greek proficiently, interacted with scholars, and written theses. They have a deep and true abiding love of God's Word, and a respect for the inerrancy of it. Women make up more than 51 percent of seminary students, and we can probably expect that number to grow. These women have taken the command to be fruitful and multiply seriously, and for many, in the absence of their own children, they have become incubators of God's Word. They meditate on it, murmur on it, pray it, speak it, and teach it. They are poised for a gracious reception of hungry souls, souls weary of milk, starving for meat. They are disciples. And even more, they are disciplers. They may hold a collective Master of Divinity, they may give their brothers a run for their money in both their drive and grace, but over all of it, they see a distinct need in the world and want to help it. They are like the hen who gathers her chicks, finding the odd ones out and pulling them close, covering over, receiving the broken and disillusioned. And brothers, they should not be a threat to you.
Send Me, I'll GoThese women are perfectly situated to teach other women. They are the Naomis, the marginalized taking the faces of future women in their hands and saying, "Here is how we see the kingdom built, and it will take daring women who trust and believe the Word of God, who will do beautifully vulnerable things to see the birth of a King brought forth." As secular feminism rises, more and more women within the church will be looking for strong female voices. They are not looking for poor theology, but many of them haven't been taught how to study their Bibles, or how to discern good theology from bad. More women than ever lack husbands or godly fathers, so there is great opportunity for us to be like the women Paul wrote about in his letter to Titus: teaching what is good (Titus 2:3). Culturally it may look different from what first-century Christian women looked like, but the message is still the same: the gospel comes in, fills out, changes us, and sends us out to make disciples.
- Has God given you the opportunity to learn the biblical languages? Teach other women so they might rightly discern what is true.
- Have you studied church history? Teach women so they might help change history.
- Have you been given the gift of a discerning eye and mind? Teach women to exegete the Word, instead of the proof-texting all too common in studies meant for women.
- Has God radically transformed your heart in regard to the gospel? Extol his name to others in everything you say and do.