What About Gender Roles?

Gender roles is a topic that is shaped very much by our own gender, our family experience growing up, our experiences with people, churches, groups and the general culture that we’ve grown up with.

There is some variation of views on what the Bible contains about gender roles, and you may have read or heard about it before. I’m going to explore a number of passages throughout the Bible and explain our approach to gender roles as a church.


You can listen to the original audio of ‘What About Gender Roles?’ here:

Midweek Q & A

When speaking about gender roles we invited questions via SMS. We recorded some responses to these questions here:

1.From your story at the beginning, did you even out the money in the envelopes?

2.Can you pease explain 1 Corinthians 11:9?

3.In regards to Paul saying “women should not have authority over men” could it also hark back to women wanting to control men? This would make women not equal in status to men.

4.What about the verse that says that Eve sinned first?

5.What about verses 13-15 in 1 Timothy 2 regarding women being saved by child bearing?

6.What about the positives of being a man – this seems very one sided so far.

7.Jesus seems very counter culture in his treatment of women in that time. Would he be considered a feminist today?


Why Not Women by Loren Cunningham and David Joel Hamilton has been very helpful for us in understanding gender roles.

The Liberating Truth by Danielle Strickland was also helpful.

This Eugene Cho article was helpful.

This is a good summary of the egalitarian and complementarian positions.