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Andries Combrink, our blogger and head of the Pastoral Portal, is a retired Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Aug 8

Written by: Andries
Sunday, August 08, 2021 6:24:22 AM  RssIcon

The Bible tells amazing stories about strong women who played a central role in God’s encounters with his people.  Two of the many heroines of faith were the mother and grandmother of Timothy, a young minister of the Word that Paul tutored.
 
The little that the Bible tells us about these two ladies speaks volumes for their character. One verse, 2 Timothy 1:5 says: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that is also in you.”
 
Paul was telling Timothy that he saw great character in him and that he would become a pillar of strength in the church. Paul’s letters to the young minister often referred to the things Timothy had been taught, the things he had learned. Timothy’s grandmother Lois and mother Eunice taught Timothy about the Bible, about God and about Jesus, as they seemed to be diligent students of God’s Word.
 
The stories of heroic women in the Bible are inspirational to women today. Not only did they play a pivotal role in advancing the Kingdom of God (and too often are still not suitably recognized for it) but they also prepared many other heroes and heroines of the faith to fulfil their calling:
 
Deborah, leader of Israel, judge and military general, led a successful counterattack against the forces of Jabin, king of Canaan and his military commander Sisera. (Judges 4 & 5)
Mary, mother of Jesus, remained a lifelong support, disciple and friend of the Saviour.
Elizabeth was key to forming and preparing both Mary, mother of Jesus, and John the Baptist.
Hannah gave a powerful prophet, Samuel, to the temple to serve God fervently.
Lois and Eunice educated a zealous minister of the Word.
And there are many, many more...
 
Today we know that without our strong mothers and sisters the church would be too poor, even be unable, to fulfil her mission and serve her Lord.
 
We salute you, our mothers and sisters. We confess that through most of the history of the church you were not recognised and honoured as you should have been. As the Christian Church we repent of this atrocious lack of gratitude and respect that resulted in neglecting our Biblical responsibility to defend your equality with your male equivalent as valuable members of the Body of Christ.
 
We honour you and urge you to continue to be as heroic and dedicated as the women of God have always been in God’s encounters with his people. 

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