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

Bruce Woodford bwood4d at
Mon Apr 26 18:41:18 EDT 2004

Hi Claire,

You write:"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 of the Lord, I am assuming this is considered speaking in the church, 
and not only speaking in the church, preaching to unbelievers."

You are absolutely right (and no need of any assumptions either!)!  One 
needs only to read Acts 1 and 2 to see these facts as plain as day. And all 
of this took place right in the presence of the apostles who were trained by 
the Lord Jesus, Himself!

As you read through the Book of Acts and list all the specific recorded 
events of house church gatherings, you will find that the vocal 
participation of women was a very common occurence!

As you also list all the recorded events of whole church gatherings or 
gatherings of city churches in one place, you will also notice that the 
vocal participation of women is never once mentioned in such gatherings!

If one simply observes what scripture actually says (instructions) and what 
scripture actually records (events) and does not try to force scripture into 
one's contrived mold or system of interpretation, and if one is willing to 
obey whatever they find there,  God will continually teach such a person, 
His ways.

So keep on observing, keep on noting the relationships between instructions 
and practice and keep a willing attitude to obey whatever you find 
regardless of what others may think or do, and you will find that you are in 
line for great blessing!!!

Was it not the Lord Jesus, Himself,  who said, "He that hath my commandments 
and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me and he that loveth me shall be 
loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him."   
John 14:21

Your brother in the service of the Best of Masters,

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