Before you start, build the foundation.
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We begin with the gospel to build a firm foundation for all our events, gatherings, Bible studies, and small groups:
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand. . . . God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God (Romans 5:1-2, Romans 5:8-9).
This passage answers three questions that we can use as a framework to help our women build a firm gospel-foundation:
Saved from what? The wrath of God. There is no gospel apart from the existence of the wrath of God and His righteous judgment against sinners (v. 9). This is an uncomfortable reality, but it’s one we must teach our women, because ignoring or belittling sin does not mean sin goes away. God is the standard—and we have sinned against him.
Saved by whom? Jesus Christ. Christians are saved from the wrath of God by the righteous blood of Jesus, the spotless, sacrificial Lamb who absorbed the wrath on our behalf (v. 8). Only Jesus has the power to save desperate, dead sinners from God’s wrath by giving them eternal life in His Name, accomplishing what we never could.
Saved how? By grace through faith. True faith says, “I bring nothing to the table. I come empty-handed, but Christ gladly gives Himself to me.” We teach our women that faith is trusting Jesus to rescue us from sin, because we know we can’t rescue ourselves. And faith is trusting Jesus to do this apart from anything we have done.
Beware the Distortions
When the women in our churches forget the gospel, they’re more likely to be carried along and tossed about by the world’s ever-changing ideas. So just as it’s important for us as leaders to build a firm foundation for the flock under our care, we must also beware the distortions at work in our world and churches.
Here are seven gospel-distortions we should be aware of as we seek to lead women well: