Is “Husband of One Wife” in 1 Timothy 3:2 Gender-Specific?

Is “Husband of One Wife” in 1 Timothy 3:2 Gender-Specific?

The question posed by the title of this study may seem so straightforward as to be answered quite easily, without the need of a detailed examination. Unless we would redefine these commonly accepted terms so that a “husband” may be female and a wife may be male, most readers of the Bible would naturally answer…

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Evaluation of Egalitarian Papers

The issue of the ordination of women, which is part of a modern trend in society, is currently presenting a challenge to the unity of the Seventh-day Church. Competent theologians and faithful members are found on both sides of the issue.

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Lessons from Matthew 10

As we saw earlier, Matthew 9 concludes with Jesus preaching to large crowds and instructing the disciples to pray earnestly for more laborers to be sent out to gather in the harvest (Matt 9:35–38).

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Lessons from Matthew 9

Matthew 9 concludes the two-chapter sequence of miracle stories. The chapter begins with the healing of the paralytic, but the story is more about forgiveness than healing (Matt 9:1–8).

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Lessons from Matthew 8

Matthew 8 begins a two-chapter sequence of miracle stories in groups of three, organized topically rather than chronologically. In the first group, Jesus cleanses a leper, heals the servant of a centurion, and banishes the fever of Peter’s mother-in-law, followed by a brief summary of further healings that evening (Matt 8:1–17; cf. Mark 1:32–34).

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Lessons from Matthew 7

In Matthew 7, Jesus continues expounding on the ethics of the kingdom of heaven and includes some wonderful promises. But He also challenges us personally and individually regarding how we relate to God’s law and His teachings.

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Lessons from Matthew 6

Matthew 6, in the heart of the Sermon on the Mount, contains some of Jesus’ most practical teachings. It begins by focusing on true worship, which is deeply personal, and it includes instruction on giving to the needy, prayer, and fasting (Matt 6:1–18).

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Lessons from Matthew 5

The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7 is the first of Jesus’ five major discourses recorded by Matthew, each of which unfolds different facets of the kingdom of heaven. The first and last discourses act as bookends, describing the kingdom in its present and future dimensions respectively. The Sermon describes in far-reaching yet practical…

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Lessons from Matthew 4

Matthew 4 begins with Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness for forty days. As in Mark and Luke, it occurs immediately after Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist and prior to His ministry in Galilee.

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Conversion, the Gift of the Holy Spirit, and New Testament Religious Practices

The New Testament consistently associates the gift of the Holy Spirit with repentance, conversion, and baptism. Yet there is no clear pattern as to whether the outpouring of the Spirit  precedes or follows baptism.

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