It was an exciting time for my youth group when a chalkboard wall was placed in our newly renovated building. Soon enough the wall was covered top to bottom with chalk creations. Amongst the colored doodles and scribbled names, someone had written a verse that has stuck with me for years:,“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
As a young woman, this verse echoes in my mind whenever I become insecure about being involved in ministry. Often times, it is easy for young women, like myself, to feel discouraged when it comes to serving in women’s ministry. It may seem like women’s ministry is reserved for older women who are more experienced and mature, causing young women to feel as if they don’t have a place.
We see in Acts that Timothy was chosen as an apostle by Paul at a young age and was taught and trained by him for many years. He was called a “true son in the faith” by Paul who also described their relationship as “a son with his father.” This type of relationship captures the essence of discipleship.
Paul reflects this discipleship relationship again in Titus 2:3-5 when he speaks directly to women. He writes, “Likewise, 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. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
Here we see the necessity of both older and younger women working together in the area of discipleship. What is important to note is that “older” and “younger” doesn’t necessarily constitute age, but marks of maturity. This means that a woman who is more spiritually mature is to come alongside another women to teach and encourage her in her walk with the Lord. Titus 2:3-5 shows several teachings that young women need in ministry.
Young women need to be taught sound doctrine
Titus 2:3 says that older women are to “teach what it good.” Older women are to teach younger women the truth that is found in scripture. They are to articulate the gospel to them and ensure that they believe and understand the Word of God. This involves teaching women how to read and study the bible, teaching them correct theology, and teaching them to memorize and recall scripture. In a world that compromises biblical womanhood, younger women also need to be taught what the Bible says about being a woman of God. Older women are to teach younger women what scripture says about femininity, and the roles that are associated with it.
In a world that compromises biblical womanhood, younger women also need to be taught what the Bible says about being a woman of God.
Young women need to be taught right behavior
As women understand the elements of sound doctrine, they must also apply what they learn to their behavior. Paul outlines specific behavior in verses 4-5 in that women are to be loving, self-controlled, pure, kind, and obedient. While Paul is speaking to women that are married, these characteristics apply to any woman regardless of their marital status. Young women are to be taught how to abstain from sexual immorality, how to show compassion and kindness to others, and how to be obedient to the Lord and to the calling that he has placed on their lives. Right doctrine involves right behavior, and older women should be guiding younger women to faithfully walk as women of God.
Young women need to be taught to make disciples
When a younger woman has grasped and understood the gospel and sound doctrine, and is faithfully being obedient to the Lord and his Word, she is ready to make disciples of her own. An older women that is discipling a younger women should be encouraging her to making disciples herself. A women’s ministry thrives when both older and younger women are obeying the Great Commission by sharing the gospel and making disciples. This is not reserved for just older women, but for younger women, as well, who are to find others that the Lord has placed in their lives to evangelize and disciple.
Women’s ministry involves both older and younger working together to make disciples and share the gospel as they go about their daily lives. This means that older women need to be seeking out younger women to disciple and teach. They are to encourage the women in their walks with the Lord and to validate their purpose and gifts. Ladies, who has the Lord placed in your life that needs to be discipled? I encourage you to seek those women so that you may follow the Lord’s command to make disciples who make disciples.
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