House Church Talk - Re: Were women silent during the first house churchmeeting?

Rick Johnson rjohnson at
Mon Apr 26 16:35:08 EDT 2004


First, I just need to let you know I am NOT from the woman silent camp.
Just ask my wife  :-)  I thought I would clear the air on that before I
dove in.

I am curious about part of your message.  I would like to know where the
women speaking in tongues at Pentecost came from?  Are you saying the
women in the crowd were speaking in tongues?

I have read Acts Chapter 2 in several different versions and I just
can't find scripture to back this up.  Am I missing something?  It there
a different reference in a Pauline letter?   

I have included Acts 2-12 below just for a baseline reference.

Curious Minds Want to Know

Act 2:1  Now when the day of Shavu`ot had come, they were all with one
accord in one place. 
Act 2:2  Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a
mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 
Act 2:3  Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and
one sat on each of them. 
Act 2:4  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak
with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. 
Act 2:5  Now there were dwelling in Yerushalayim Jews, devout men, from
every nation under the sky. 
Act 2:6  When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and
were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own
Act 2:7  They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another,
"Behold, aren't all these who speak from the Galil? 
Act 2:8  How do we hear, everyone in our own native language? 
Act 2:9  Parthians, Madai, Elamites, and people from Aram-Naharayim,
Yehudah, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 
Act 2:10  Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene,
visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 
Act 2:11  Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages
the mighty works of God!" 
Act 2:12  They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to
another, "What does this mean?"

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Subject: House Church Talk -  Re: Were women silent during the first house

I am going to assume that the first house church meeting was Pentecost.
There were women among those who gathered waiting for the Holy Spirit.
Since women were among those speaking in tongues, proclaiming the word
the Lord, I am assuming this is considered speaking in the church, and
only speaking in the church, preaching to unbelievers.

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