GENDER EQUALITY: The Bible teaches us that both man and woman were created equal by God, and in His image; that they both had a relationship with God, shared equally with God, spoke to God and fellowshipped with Him, and were both given authority to rule over the earth (Gen 1:26-28). The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ came to redeem women as well as men. Through faith we all become children of God, regardless of racial, social or gender distinctions (Gal 3:26-28).
In the Church spiritual gifts of women and men are to be recognized, developed and used while public recognition is to be given to both women and men who exercise ministries of service and leadership (1 Pet 4:10-11). In the family neither spouse is to seek to dominate the other but rather serve and submit to one another; spouses are to learn to share the responsibilities of leadership on the basis of gifts, expertise and availability (Eph 5:21). Both mothers and fathers are to exercise leadership in the nurture, training, discipline and teaching of their children (Prov 1:8, Eph 6:1-4, Col 3:20).
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