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When we studied 1 Corinthians 14, we observed that there was some kind of a problem occurring in the corporate worship of the Corinthian Baptist (!) Church. When prophecies were being discussed, some of the wives had questions, perhaps about interpretation. In some way, they were behaving such that perhaps their husbands and/or elders were being disrespected. To avoid such disruption, Paul commands that wives should wait for such conversations when they get home. Specifically he wrote, “If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home” (v. 35).

Paul’s underlying assumption is that the truth-inquisitive wife is married to a truth-inquisitive and knowledgeable Christian husband. The expectation was that her husband would either know the biblical answer or would do what was necessary to discover the biblical answer. In summary, Paul expected Christian husbands to be men of the word. So should Brackenhurst Baptist Church.

Many women in our church have been studying the book of Colossians under the ministry banner “Women of the Word.” Weekly, I hear feedback of what a blessing this has been to those involved as they have learned how to study the Bible, including its interpretation and its application. Though, for a variety of good reasons, not every woman in the church is able to participate, nevertheless we should all be grateful for and supportive of this equipping ministry. And, of course, male members of the church need such an opportunity as well. After all, if, as we have seen, husbands are expected to lead their wives and children in the truth of God’s word, let’s do what we can to equip our men.

The elders are happy to help men to be men of the word and therefore we are providing the opportunity to gather on alternate Monday evenings from 7:00–9:00 p.m. for eight weeks to work through the subject of how to study the Bible. Stephen Scholtz will be the primary teacher and will guide the class through biblical observation, interpretation, and application.

Someone said to me last week, “I am concerned about the future of our church if the men do not rise up to be skilled students of the Bible.” I share that concern. Therefore, if your chromosomes are XY and you have interest in this opportunity, speak to Stephen and/or me and we will “sign you up.”

In the meanwhile, watch this space for schedule specifics.

With anticipation,

Doug