Having considered the variables of age, education, career, and relationships, we look at one more area: a woman’s spiritual life. As in other areas, we find variation here; but at the same time, we find some common ground.
We are on common ground as we approach the spiritual journey toward God. The Bible teaches plainly that we are all sinners in need of a Savior: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This verse puts us all on the same journey. We must remember where we were when we came to Jesus and look at those who do not know Him as being like we were: needing to come to Him.
We are on common ground as we take the first step on this journey: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Our society is trying to tell us that many roads lead to God. In spite of this, we maintain our biblical position that the only means of salvation is through Jesus Christ. He is the door to salvation. Once we enter that door, we find ourselves on a lifetime journey.
Women who are new believers need solid Bible teaching to establish them in the faith. In their early years of walking with the Lord, they may have many questions. But all believers need instruction to continue growing in the faith. As we began this study, we looked at what Peter said: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).
This continued growth in grace and spiritual knowledge should be the aim of our ministry to women. As women mature in the faith, they in turn share their knowledge with other women. As Paul instructed Titus, “Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good" (Titus 2:3).
We can ask ourselves the following questions as we assess the spiritual needs of the women to whom we minister:
• Has each woman made the all-important decision of accepting Christ as Savior?
• Are we providing clear teaching of the Bible as the Word of God?
• Are women being discipled in their Christian walk?
• Are mature women teaching younger women in the faith?
Answer the questions listed above. What does this reveal about your ministry?
What changes are needed, and how will you implement them?
Conclusion: Correctly Understanding a Woman’s Life Stage
Our study has clearly shown us that we cannot make quick judgments about a woman’s life based upon her age. Too many other components are shaping her. A woman’s age only gives us basic information about her as a person, but it is a place to begin. Her general health may give us more information, as a healthy body is beneficial at any age.
A woman’s education tells us more about her, as her education may shape her career and give her opportunities for involvement in church and community life. Her education may influence her socioeconomic condition also. Her present occupation or lack of employment will affect her mental and emotional status.
A woman’s family background shapes her emotional development and is a significant factor in her personal growth. Her present relational status—married or single, and with or without children—affects the totality of her personhood.
As we look at these factors, we discover that we cannot separate one from the other. The old saying that “the whole is more than the sum of the parts” is certainly true of personality development. In their present stage of life, women are who they are based on their previous experiences and their reactions to them, plus their spiritual development and their response to the Holy Spirit’s work. These are the women we know and love . . . the women we serve in our churches.
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