Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
July 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Some Christian Roles of Women
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday July 13, 2014
Some Christian Roles of Women
"And a certain woman named Lydia...heard us...and when she was baptized...besought us...into her house...” Acts16-14-15
The topic of women has been a focus of recurring 
interest throughout history. It has surfaced in books on 
world history, in literature, in professional journals, in 
magazines, in art, in music, and in the Bible. While all of 
these and numerous other sources examine various 
dimensions of women, the Bible stands alone as the first 
document to assert the origin of women ( Genesis 3:22-23 ). 
Since that divine act in which Eve was created, women have 
undergone a long and often conflicts filled history in the 
evolvement of civilization. In the interest of time, the scope of 
women in history must be excluded. As an alternative, the 
sermon will be confined to the topic - Some Christian Roles 
of Women. In keeping with the Annual Mission Anniversary 
emphasis of today, the sermon was planned to identify some 
Scriptural roles of women in the Spread of Christianity. 
The sermon will explore three sub topics of the subject, 
namely: the biblical view of women in Old Testament 
time; the biblical view of women in the New Testament, 
and some Christian roles of women in the Contemporary 
New Testament Church. 
Prior to focusing on these sub topics, brief attention 
will be focused on the word roles. This concept, originating 
in the discipline of sociology, is the counter part of the word 
status. These two words are used to describe the way in 
people are viewed in society. The word, status, denotes the 
position that one occupies. Some examples are: female, 
African American, graduate student, child, adult, deacon, 
young matron, usher and numerous others positions. 
Ideally, every status carries a set of behavior expectations. 
Some examples are: father, providing for his family; 
student, completing lesson assignment; deacon, assisting the 
pastor and supporting the church; and mission sister, 
extending compassion of the church. As noted herein, there 
is more to a status, or position, than just hold it; instead 
the occupier is expected to fulfill a set of behaviors 
associated with the position. 
Against this background on the words status and role, 
attention will now be turned to the earlier designated 
topics of inquiry, the first of which is - the biblical view of 
women in Old Testament times. A casual glace at Old 
Testament history discloses a problematic view of women. 
Eve, for example, is depicted as the source by which sin 
entered the world. ( Gen. 3:6 ). Beloved, it should be noted 
however that Adam, as the man, failed in his role as a man 
because he chose rather to comply with Eve’s invitation than 
to obey God. Leaving the soft hearted Adam, let us now 
continue to explore the role of women during Old Testament 
Times. Returning to Eve, despite the negativism surrounding 
her, Eve was nonetheless the mother of the human race. 
Eve, as noted in the Old Testament, is not highlighted in 
the evolution of religion. However, the Bible does contain 
accounts of Old Testament women who were prominent 
in religious history. Four women were: Sarah, the mother 
of Isaac whose son, Jacob, would later be named Israel; 
Hannah whose son, Samuel would become the first Priest 
of Israel, Ester who was responsible for saving the Jewish 
nation, and Ruth whose lineage would extend to the 
House of David and the nativity of Jesus. 
Historians and Bible scholars concur that the New 
Testament ushered in a new view of women; it was one of 
great respect and high religious value. This new venture 
was opened by Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, 
and Mary, the mother of Jesus ( Luke Chapters 1 and 2 ). 

Since the New Testament embodies accounts of several 
prominent women in the Christian movement, attention 
will be confined to just a few of them. The woman at 
well was the first convert in Samaria ( John 4:28-30 ) and 
this was prior to the crucifixion of Christ. The next woman, 
selected for inclusion today, is Mary Magdalene who 
was the first person at the Empty tomb of Christ; she was 
the first person to whom Christ identified himself as the 
risen Savior; and she was the first person to receive an 
assignment from the risen Savior. The second woman in 
the spread of Christianity was converted in Europe; her 
name is Lydia ( Acts, Chapter 16 ). The Bible tells us that 
she was industrious as a seller of purple, an expensive 
fabric. Beyond that economic commitment, Lydia heard 
the word, worshiped God, and opened her house to the 
apostles ( Acts 16:14, and 30 ). In her character study of 
Lydia, Edith Deen, covered various aspects of this person’s 
Christian life. A few of them are lifted for this sermon: 
1. After the baptism Lydia humbly spoke to Paul, “ If ye 
have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my 
house, and abide there ( Acts 16:15 ); 2. she opened the 
doors of her house for Paul and Silas after they had been 
released from prison ( Acts 16:40) and 3. Paul, in his 
letter to the Philippians referenced the kindness that 
Lydia had shown them. He wrote, “I thank my God upon 
every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of 
mine for you all making request with Joy, for your 
fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now 
(Phil. 1:3-5 ). Deen closed her narrative on Lydia by 
noting, “Lydia will ever stand among the immortal women 
of the Bible...” whose role was carrying the torch of 
Our sermon will close by focusing attention on the 
third sub topic of the sermon. It is that of the role of 
Christian women in the Church. This inquiry is bound to 
raise eye brows, engender skepticism, and engender 
resistance owing to traditional explanations, television 
presentations, denominational unfamiliarity, and personal 
obstinacy. Yet, the Bible stands undaunted by the views 
of its lay readers. Against these precautions, the sermon 
will now defined the Christian roles of women as embraced 
by the polity of Bible based Baptist Churches. Going to the 
Bible it is found that the role of women is that of Missionaries 
for Christ send Mary with a message to the disciples ( John 
20:17 ). Next, women were not included in the Great 
Commission to Preach ( Matthew 28:18-20 ), nor were they 
present when he gave promise of the Holy Ghost ( Acts, 
Chapter 1. Finally, none of the Apostolic church were left 
under the leadership of women. But beloved, there are 
essential Christian roles for women in the church. Essentially, 
they are two structural positions, deaconess and missionaries. 
The deaconess attend to the ceremonial aspects of the 
Church while the missions carry our the compassionate 
aspect of the Church. In closing, we appreciate all members 
and auxiliaries of our church. We, further, acknowledge 
and respect denominational differences; our heart desire 
is that the desire for correct biblical knowledge and 

interpretation will rise above fads, personal opinions, and 
cultism. Amen!
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