Morgan kicks off our Faith Full Friday series with a bang as she introduces our topic for the month, women’s empowerment and how it relates to our identity in Christ.
Faith Full Friday: Women’s Empowerment & Identity in Christ
by Morgan Farr
With the start of a new year, many of us select a word of the year. Planting Roots is no different. Our word for this year is “Faithful”. As we previously mentioned last year, we will be covering a different topic each month to see how God has been faithful in our lives and how we can be faithful to him.
Our topic for this month is Women’s Empowerment.
This is a phrase that can be extremely divisive in Christian communities. It typically comes paired with a commentary on biblical womanhood. These commentaries can be positive or negative, as well as progressive or conservative in their theological leanings.
For some women, simply seeing the phrase “biblical womanhood” can be triggering.
You have likely seen the phrases complementarianism and egalitarianism thrown around with the phrase biblical womanhood. If you don’t know what those terms mean, check out this article from Christianity.com which explains it in very simple terms.
At Planting Roots, we understand that the conversation around women’s empowerment is complex.
In this series, we are not going to get into the weeds on the different theological stances.
Despite any personal views expressed by our writers on the blog and speakers on Deeply Rooted, Planting Roots is a non-sectarian ministry for Christian women affiliated with the military.
So that is where our focus will remain… on our identity in Christ as military-affiliated women.
Identity In Christ
Regardless of where your beliefs fall on the spectrum of complementarianism and egalitarianism, women’s empowerment has a place in your understanding of theology.
In order to get there, we have to break the phrase down.
Here is what that looks like:
- an adult female human being.
- authority or power given to someone to do something.
Based on the most simple definition, women’s empowerment is simply women having the power and authority to do something.
Jesus Christ told his followers to go and make disciples of nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey in Matthew 28:19-20.
In Galatians 3:28 we are told that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
These verses show us that our identity in Christ is the key to true empowerment.
In our Faith Full Friday series this month we will be looking at how our identity in Christ empowers us in the roles in which we have been called to fill and then what steps we need to take to live out empowerment through our identity in Jesus Christ.
Join Us for Faith Full Fridays
So what will this actually look like?
You can find articles about identity in Christ on the second and third Fridays this month.
We will expand the conversation on the Deeply Rooted Podcast on the second Wednesday of the month.
During the last week of the month, we will post a printable PDF of resources that can help you to explore this topic further.