Today Susan Peters continued our series with a message on honoring the women in our lives. There is value and significance in the roles of both men and women, and we, as the people of God, are called to honor and empower all people. Check out some of our takeaways from today’s message:
- We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in His light and carry the hope, healing and peace of Jesus in the midst of a broken and hurting world.
- Our world needs to see the living God in the midst of these painful issues.
- When men value and honor women with no agenda, they bring the culture of Heaven to our broken world.
- God made male and female in His image. Gender is a part of God’s design, and He says, “It’s very good.”
- The Gospel points us toward honor, restoration and dignity of all people.
- Instead of complaining we need to resolve to serve.
- My goal is not to fight for my place, but rather surrender my life and serve others.
- We will never walk in the fullness of our spiritual gifts if our goal is self.
- It’s amazing how free we can be when our eyes are not on ourselves. This is the Kingdom way.
- The law of God’s love restores honor.
- Women are diverse; there is not one “right” model for women.
- We can honor the differences we each have through Jesus because He has made each of us unique by His glory.
One way we can bring the culture of Heaven this week is by honoring the women in our lives. Think of one woman you can honor, empower and make a way for, it could be someone in your workplace, in your home or in one of your classes.
We had such an incredible time this past Friday night as we gathered together for our Women’s Night.
Listen to Susan’s message from Women’s Night.
Our women are vulnerable, overcomers and supportive of one another. We are looking forward to laughing at the days to come together – to getting our laugh back as we live fully alive in where Jesus has us today.
God desires that all women flourish and be built up so they can impact their world. As women, we wear many different hats depending on our circumstances and seasons of life. We are single, married, moms, teachers, taxi drivers (or it seems), caregivers, physicians, grandmothers, widows and so much more. One of my favorite scriptures in regard to women has always been:
“The Lord gives the word [of power]; the women who bear and publish [the news] are a great host.” Psalm 68:11 AMP
God is calling all His people to represent Him to the world, which so desperately needs to know His love. I believe there is a special impact women can make because we are nurturers by nature and our lives touch so many spheres of people. I am often asked, “How can I make a difference?” or, “Is what I am doing making a difference?”
I have come to the conclusion that as we spend time with Jesus and grow in Him, He empowers us right where we are.
It is when we are fully aware of His presence and His ability to anoint our ordinary, that we do extraordinary things in Him. Most of our lives are packed full of the ordinary chores in life, but our God is extraordinary!
We are so excited for what God is stirring in the Antioch Women’s Ministry for this next year. We have fall, spring and summer corporate events planned as well as a variety of Bible studies, and the continuation of our gatherings offered to moms of young children and single moms.
There are lots of places to be involved and serve, so come and be a part of Antioch Women’s Ministry. Together we will be empowered by God to be the women He has called us to be.
Ask the Lord, “How would you have me serve and be a part of building up the women in our community?
By Susan Peters, Adult Pastor and Women’s Ministry
At UnBound, we are committed to combatting slavery and igniting hope. One of the ways we do this is by bringing people together to share what we’ve learned about ending human trafficking. Next Friday, November 15th, we are gathering together to do just that. You’re invited to join us for our Community Collaboration Forum, featuring speaker Dr. Tomi Glover, Executive Director of TraffickStop and author of the book, Compelled. UnBound Night will also feature a panel including professionals from social work and education.
UnBound Night is Friday, November 15th from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Underground (located in the main office building) at Antioch Community Church, 505 N. 20th St, Waco 76707. Contact UnBound with any questions.
Thank you to everyone for helping make the Your No Is Her Hope petition a huge success! Read the letter below from UnBound’s National Director, Susan Peters:
Wow! Thank you, Church, for helping spread the word about the Your No Is Her Hope petition. Since we launched the petition at World Mandate, more than 8,000 people have signed.
We are constantly amazed at what God is doing in and through UnBound, and are humbled to be a part of it. It was amazing to see thousands of people respond and take up the cause at World Mandate, and we know He has something big planned as we all continue to raise awareness.
Next, we will take the petition to Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX 17th District) to let him know this is something people in his district and throughout the United States care about. Please pray this will be the start of some important conversations that will move us forward in the fight against sex trafficking.
As our initial push is over, it is imperative for each of us to continue carrying this understanding of the connection between sex trafficking and pornography. People need to know that when we choose pornography, we choose to allow and encourage the abuse of women and children exploited through the pornographic industry. And as long as we stay silent and allow pornography to run wild, we keep the primary gateway to sex trafficking open.
The online petition is still available, and we encourage you to keep asking people to sign. May this be something we talk about as believers – holding each other accountable, praying for breakthrough and believing that we serve a God who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think.
In His grace,
Find out more about Your No Is Her Hope and access the petition and other helpful resources.
To learn more about UnBound, visit UnBoundNow.org.