Key Verses: Genesis 3:11-13, Genesis 3:14-15, Psalm 130:7-8, Genesis 3:16-17, Revelation 21:4, Genesis 3:17-19, Romans 3:10-18, Isaiah 45:10-12, Genesis 3:20-23,
A note from Jodi: "This chapter sheds so much light on why we are facing the dysfunction between men and women throughout the nations. Sure there have been healthy strides in some arenas, but we are far from what Jesus died on the cross for. He came to give us life and to the full. Unless men and women lay down their pride and come together as one with Christ and each other, we are going to continue to feel sins sting and painful aftermath of the consequences. When we looked at chapters 1-4 on the original intent of gender and why God created men MEN and why He created women WOMEN and how sin destroys our call to be "one", the battle of the sexes is inevitable. Looking at Genesis 1:27 again and knowing we were BOTH created to bear God's glory, character and image is a call worth answering. Where there was complete unity, beautiful harmony and mutuality, Adam and Eve had dominion over the earth. When sin entered the garden and into their hearts, dominion turned into domination and manipulation. Whether this concept is new to you or not, I encourage you to watch the videos, look up the key verses highlighted in this study and search out truth for yourself on this transformational teaching. To get more out of this, we suggest going through this 8 week study by purchasing Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss's workbook (and discussing with a group, pastor or prayer partner) is key. WJOF is all about "The Restoration of Women", and studies like this help us wrestle with concepts, ache for healing and pray for revival in our midst. This year at our 14th annual conference, Mary Kassian is our keynote speaker (Author of "Girls Gone Wise") will be joining us of at our Wisdom conference! Our theme is from Ephesians 5:15 "Be very careful then how you live, not as unwise but as wise." We are on a journey towards wisdom in all areas of restoration, including our call to be the women he created us to be! Will you stand with us?"
Highlights from this week's study:
- United We Fall: The entire human race fell through Adam's sin, but in Christ, the "Last Adam," there is plentiful redemption
- Gender Bender: Sin affects us sex-specifically, It messes up manhood, womanhood, and male-female relationships.
- Right Where it Hurts: Sin causes pain. It damages woman's inherent softness and also damages man's inherent strength.
- A Tragic Her-Story: Women suffer pain at the hands of men, but men aren't the real enemy- sin is.
- Women's Lib: The women's movement fought for change, but failed to take God's design or His solution into account.
Visit the TW101 website for other resources like videos related to this week's study "Sin Causes the
Pain", "Submission and the Gospel", and "The Culture's View on Men"
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