God has equally created and poured out His Spirit on both men and women. By His design, He has planned that men and women have distinct, complementary roles in the home and church. For the church, the gifts of the Spirit are given to each, yet their use are designed for specific roles. In this, the role of the elder has been reserved for qualified, spiritual men.
The Gifts of the Spirit
The gifts of the Spirit are essential for the vitality of the church. Thus, the promise of the Spirit and His gifts are as true today as they were for the natal church in the New Testament.
God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility
Biblical text presents the reality of God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. While God is the initiator of salvation, drawing people unto Himself, salvation must be received by faith, as God holds humanity responsible for their decisions and actions.
- John 5:39-40; 6:35, 44, 70
- Acts 2:23; 17:26-27
- 1 Peter 1:2