Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. So goes the title of a popular book trying to help men and women relate to one another. Maybe you have felt like that at some point and wondered: how are men and women supposed to relate. This is a consistently pressing question in the church, where the Bible often feels over-interpreted or ignored to fit our preferred cultural narratives. This week we will begin a series where we explore what the Bible has to say about this challenging question, and see what wisdom it can give for our life together.
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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:26–28; 2:15–18, 21–23;
26 Then God said, “Let us make man1 in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
rmale and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, s“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat1 of it you shall surely die.”
18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for2 him.”
21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made1 into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
CONFESSION OF SIN
Heavenly Father, Although we surrender our lives to you individually, we are called to live and serve in community as one body.
Nevertheless, we do not see each other equally or accurately. We esteem some as more gifted, more attractive, than others. Rather than claim Christ’s righteousness for all who believe, we judge one another, even ourselves, on worldly merit.
Forgive us, Lord. Redeem us from our wrong thinking. Open our eyes to the truth of your perfect plan for your church body to work graciously as one. We pray this humbly in Christ’s name. Amen.