Spiritual Influence

As women

We have God-given potential to make a profound impact on church and family. If we are to leave a legacy of Christian faith, it is crucial we gain, retain, and share biblical knowledge for the benefit of those individuals we know and love. 

A Call to Discipleship & Mentoring

God works in the ordinary places and spaces in the lives of women. We do not have to be in high positions or do unusual things to help those around us make choices that will lead them closer to Jesus Christ—our most important duty. Our spiritual strength and influence are vital in the progression of the work of discipleship, and we need to seek opportunities to spiritually strengthen women who might be less mature in the faith. 

As we do, the influence of our faith and knowledge will last far beyond what we can see. Both the largest and the smallest things we do in the lives of one or two people, even just within our own family, can have a profound impact. LeRoy Eims reminds us “Jesus’ message was personalized in the everyday affairs of life. His classrooms were the events of the day. He was what He taught. He transmitted His message by His life.”

So, what’s your story?

Each of our lives tells a story but we very rarely spend time thinking through the narrative we want our lives to tell. Deep down inside, even if we can’t explain it, we all yearn to be connected to a bigger story, to have our lives make a difference and be connected to something more. That’s because our lives are all part of another story, God’s bigger story. His story is so much larger, grander than our personal narrative. As sinners, we must constantly remind ourselves that we were never meant to be the center of the story. Nonetheless, as Christian women, we have an opportunity to leave a legacy of faith by weaving the gospel into every area of life.

Leaving a legacy of faith comes from being diligent and intentional in your relationship with the Lord, learning and living His ways. What does it mean to know God’s ways? God does a lot of things, but to know God’s ways refers to knowing the principles by which He does things (see Gen. 18:23-32; Num. 16:46; 1 Sam. 15:22; 2 Sam. 24:24; Isa. 55:10-11). To know God’s ways, requires we know his Word. After decades of shallow best sellers (books and prewritten Bible studies), it’s time we sharpen our Bible knowledge for the glory of God – Let’s walk away from man-centered theology. To live a legacy of Christian faith, you have to be willing to build your life on the Word of God. Let’s get back to the Bible.

Authority & Sufficiency

We must consider that not only does God speak through the Bible, but the Bible teaches that in His sufficient words, He has ultimate, comprehensive, final authority. Therefore, God has the right to command our thoughts, desires, beliefs, words, actions, and overall behavior.

Intrinsic Authority of God

There is a strong relationship between the scriptures and their authority. If God has all authority, and the scriptures are His inspired, inerrant, infallible Word, it follows that the Bible carries the intrinsic authority of God Himself. If the Bible really contains the very words of God, true and reliable in every matter it addresses, then it brings ultimate authority on every matter it addresses (since God has ultimate authority). 

Clarity & Necessity

In addition to authority and sufficiency, the Doctrines of Clarity and Necessity of Scripture pave the way for reading and study in such a way that the Bible is able to be understood by all who will read and are seeking God’s will to follow it (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). The Bible is necessary for knowledge of the gospel and maintaining spiritual life and certain knowledge of God’s will (Matthew 4:4). Because the way of salvation is found only in the Bible, we must know the Scriptures to appreciate and properly communicate the gospel.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Tt 2:3–5). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.