Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. ~2 Timothy 2:15

About Me

I am a young man who is following God's call into pastoral ministry. I have been so blessed with the privileges which the Lord has granted me. I am blessed to serve the Mt. Joy congregation in Mt. Pleasant, PA. I am constantly humbled and amazed at what the Lord is doing in my life.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Indispensable Place of Women in Ministry

Women have an indispensable, invaluable, and irreplaceable role to play in the ministry of the church and of the home. Just as an important and necessary one as men do. Without women, there would be no human population as they are the ones who bear and give birth to the next generation. A child would be deprived without the nurture and influence of his or her mother (and some unfortunately have been through circumstances which they had no control over). And where would we be without women missionaries such as Elizabeth Elliot and the numerous areas in the church in which women faithfully serve for its edification and to bring glory to God? How many younger women in the church would be hurting without those older ones teaching them what it means to be a godly wife and mother (Titus 2:3-5)? The home and the church need faithful men and women serving within them to flourish and to fulfill God's calling for both.

However, while God has an important place for men and women to serve in the home and in His church, Scripture is clear that He has not designed them to serve in the same way but has called them to different roles in both. God in His good wisdom, for the glory of His name, has determined for men to serve as leaders in their homes and in His household, the church, and for women to serve as the men's helpers in these areas. This is evident form God's very creation of man and woman. He explicitly said to Adam that He was designing this woman that He was going to make to be a helper corresponding to him (Genesis 2:18). And when they both disobeyed God in the Garden, it is significant to note that God approaches Adam first instead of Eve, even though she had taken the first bite (Genesis 3:9). The man was summoned to give an account for his family as a leader is to give an account for those who submit to and follow his leadership.

 We see these differing roles play out in both the home and the church. As a husband and father, man has been called to be the head and leader of his home (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:23). If you will, we could say that the man is to be the pastor, protector, and provider of and for his family. (You can't tell that I'm a preacher who likes to alliterate, can you?) And the wife and mother is called to submit to and respect her husband's leadership (Ephesians 5:24, 33). This in no way makes the wife and mother less important or inferior to her husband. No more than it does the husband and father to the wife and mother due to him not being designed to bear and give birth to his own children. He has a very crucial indispensable role himself to play in the process of that child being formed but certainly not the same role that the woman has. Both are needed with their distinct roles and a family as God has designed is not possible without one or the other. The different roles that God has designed for men and women to have in the home are equally important and needed, although the roles themselves are not equal.

The same thing is true in the church. And here is where I am about to get even more controversial because this flies flat in the face of our current culture. We can always expect the values of God's kingdom to run counter cultural to those of man's kingdom. In fact, I think that we should find it problematic whenever any of our views line up with the way the world is heading. Though unpopular, even within some areas of the church today, I see no way of getting around the clear and plain teaching of Scripture that God has intended men to occupy the primary leadership roles in the church. We notice this prescribed with the office of pastor or elder limited to qualified men (1 Timothy 2:12-15; 3:1-7; 1 Corinthians 14:34-36) and the practice of Jesus and the early church in the appointing of 12 men to serve as apostles (Luke 6:12-16) and 7 men to lead in the distribution of the food for the widows (Acts 6:3). Just as women submit to the leadership of their husbands at home and valuably contribute with their own work, so women do in the church under the leadership of the elders or pastors. 

Now, the only way that this could be seen to be degrading of women or devaluing of them would be for the pastorate to be elevated to a greater status than other areas of service in the church, which Scripture does not do. Paul is clear in 1 Corinthians 12 that every member of the church has an important, indispensable, and distinct role to play in the work of the church. Hence why, in the analogy of the body that he uses, the ear cannot say to the eye that it has no need of it. If the body consisted of nothing but eyes, it could never hear or walk. The body cannot function as it has been designed without all of its parts. It would be lacking in some sense if it was missing just one part as anyone who has ever lost the use of an arm, leg, or eye can attest to. And if one of the parts decided that it would serve as a different part than designed, the body also would be hurting and not able to function fully.

Likewise, in the church, every member is needed with whatever role that they have been graciously given to play. If all would be pastors, the church would severely be lacking and much work would not get done. Which is why we need women to come alongside to teach other women how to faithfully serve their families at home (Titus 2:3-5 again). Something no pastor or elder can do since they do not have that experience. And the same can be said for so many other areas in the church women have been called to serve as well.

So, don't let anyone ever tell you that women do not have an indispensable role to play in the home or in the church because they have not been called to lead in these areas. The fact of the matter is that they have an invaluable role to play in contributing to God's work as helpers and we would not be able to function without them. I am so thankful for the women who currently are faithfully serving with the role that God has designed for them to have and pray that He would raise up more since our families and churches greatly need them!

In Christ,


Soli Deo Gloria!!!

God at the Center

One of the hardest things for us to grasp is that life is not about us. We do not serve as the center of the universe. Everything does not revolve around us but far too often we falsely think that it does when the reality is that everything exists for God and it is all about Him.


The very reason why God created the world was to bring Himself glory. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork (Psalm 19:1). As our Good Shepherd, He guides us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalm 23:3). David knew that his pleas for God’s mercy must be grounded in who God is and not in himself (Psalm 25:11; 79:9). God’s salvation of Israel and us was ultimately for His glory (Psalm 106:8; 106:8; Isaiah 48:9, 11; Ezekiel 36:22-23; Ephesians 1:4-6). As we read through the Old Testament, we find over and over again God saying that He does or doesn’t do such and such for the sake of His great name or so that His name would not be dishonored or shamed among the nations. So, God is all about God. His chief concern is to bring Himself glory. 


We want it to be all about us though, don’t we? We often seem to think that God’s sole desire is to please us and grant our wishes. (This can be seen in our prayers many times. Hence, why we can so easily get upset when He doesn’t answer the way that we would like Him to or find ourselves disappointed in the way that He chooses to respond.) Or we entertain the idea that God sent Jesus to the cross on account of Him thinking that we are so great. But the truth of the matter is that God sent Jesus to the cross ultimately to bring glory to His name. Jesus’ aim was to glorify His Father through the redemptive rescue of rebel sinners. He even prayed right before the cross, Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You (John 17:1).


One thing that the Holy Spirit seeks to do through the words of Scripture is to bring about what we could call a “Copernican Revolution” in our lives. Nicolaus Copernicus was the one to discover that the sun actually served as the center of the universe with all of the planets revolving around it. Up until that time, everyone had believed the earth to be at the center of the universe and that the sun and the rest of the planets revolved around it. Such a discovery was shocking to the established view of the time but necessary for us to understand the reality of the universe that we live in. It may be shocking for us to come to realize this truth that everything ultimately centers around God but necessary so that we can understand what our life must be about. Or, better put, Who our life must be about. It helps us recognize our place as well. As God’s creature with Him as our Creator whom we owe everything to. That we were made for Him and not for ourselves to live as we please.


We will never live our lives rightly if we fail to view God as the center of it. Things just do not function as they ought to whenever we try to usurp the place that God Himself occupies. If the earth would one day decide that it would no longer desire to revolve around the sun but would just remain still and wait for everything to begin circling around it, it would not be able to function because it was designed to be in orbit around the greater sun, and in such an orbit, functions and is sustained. The world in which we live simply does not have the ability and strength to pull and hold everything in orbit around it. Likewise, things will not be in the right place in our lives if we consistently fail to view and treat God as being in the center of all of it. True joy can never be found with us in the center but with God because God alone is qualified to serve as that center of everything due to the very nature of Him being God. 


And the fact that God is all about God with His main goal being His glory is good news for us. The very grounds of our eternal assurance of our salvation can be said to be found in it. If God’s saving and preserving of us was centered on who we are rather than who He is, we would be in a heap of trouble. We would have every reason to fear God giving up on us on account of our sins. Even our faith can be fickle at times and the Puritans were right that our repentance needs to be repented of. We provide God with a number of reasons to give up on us. But if His saving of us and preserving of us is ultimately based on who He is and for His glory, then we have no reason to ever be fearful that He will ever abandon us. This was the case for the Israelite's after their many sins. God said to them following the rejection of Him as king that they could be assured that He would not abandon them on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself (1 Samuel 12:22). Not based on their name and who they were but on account of God’s greater and supreme name. It was all on account of God’s reputation and His pleasure or desire to make the people His own. If it wasn’t for such a desire to exalt His great name in the purchasing and keeping of such sinful rebels, none of us would have any hope to be saved. Aren’t you glad then that God ultimately is all about His own glory?


So, let’s be sure that the One who is the center of the universe serves as the center of our lives. That we make it our goal to, as Paul instructs us, whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). May God continue to grant us the grace for us not to view and act as if everything is about us but to rightly have everything in our lives revolve around Him, as it has been designed to do.


Love in Christ,

Pastor Lee