In the Lord’s church, responsibilities were given to both men and women. Despite what denominations teach and even some in the Lord’s church, these responsibilities are primarily different. Other than the obedience to the gospel of Christ, men and women part ways in what they are responsible for in the Lord’s kingdom. Let the scripture illustrate:
Responsibility of Christian Men
Christian men were given the duty of taking leadership in the church. All qualified elders and deacons were given the charge to do the work of the church. 1 Tim 3:1-13 Christian men were also given the duty of preaching the Word of God not only in the assembly, but into all the world. Mt 28:19,20 f; 2 Tim 2:2 Man has all of these duties because Jesus Christ set man over the woman in the church and home, and thus prohibited Christian women from speaking in the assembly; And because Paul prohibited Christian women from teaching or usurping authority over Christian men. 1 Cor 14:33-40 f; 1 Tim 2:11-14
Christian men also have the responsibility of leadership in the home. Man was given full authority to be the head of his family. 1 Cor 11:3 This means both the wife and children are to obey him in everything in the Lord. Eph 5:23,24 f; Eph 6:1 Man is also commanded to provide for his family. 1 Tim 5:8
Responsibility of Christian Women
Some think that because woman is subject to the man both in the home and the church that she has no duties. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Let the scriptures explain:
Without women, there wouldn’t even be elders. If that sounds strange to you, look at 1 Timothy 3:2. An elder is to be the husband of one wife, and that wife is to be dignified, not a gossip, temperate and faithful in all things (1 Tim. 3:11). An elder needs a wife who will help him in his work.
Women are to bear and teach their own children. If Christian women fail in this matter, there are no elders and in most cases, preachers. If children are unbelieving to God or disobedient to their parents, no man can be qualified to be an elder or deacon, no matter how qualified he may be in all other areas. Thus, a great responsibility has been placed on the Christian woman to rear her children in the Lord.
Without women, much of the taking care of the sick and elderly simply would not get done. Most men are not great cooks. If the sick and elderly depended upon most men when they needed help, the church would soon die off from such a poor diet! Seriously, women can do so much in this area, take food to the sick, clean the house for the elderly, send cards to those who are ill, absent or lonely, baby sit, or call to cheer up someone who is discouraged. Every woman can do these things. If you think God has deprived you of any meaningful service in the kingdom, plan right now to help someone this week. All Christians, men and women alike, are commanded to do good to everyone, especially those who are Christians (Gal. 6:10).
Without older women, who will teach the younger women their responsibilities? Titus 2:3-5 tells younger women they need to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, and subject to their own husbands. Older Christian women possess the wisdom and the God-given responsibility to teach young Christian women what is needed for the church to not only survive, but the thrive.
Women, are not less important than men. God has given men and women different functions in the church and in the home, but this does not mean women are second-class citizens. If men do their work in the church, they will have little time to stray from God’s commandments to preach and teach God’s Word in and out of season. 2 Tim 4:2-5 If women do the work they are commanded to do, the church will continue yet another generation. Brethren, we all have work to do, so let us do it, if God permit!