God made women as one of His crowning achievements of beauty. Paul, a single man, and Peter, a married man, are led in their writing by the Holy Spirit to identify three distinct beauty marks of God’s ideal woman.
Good Works (1 Tim. 2:10). This mark is set in contrast with the immodesty of ungodliness in verse 9. Whether overdressing or under dressing, the ungodly woman accentuates her outward self. This is not true beauty. When a Christian lady is engrossed in good works, like visiting, teaching, soul-winning, and raising children, she is a rare and remarkable beauty.
A Gentle and Quiet Spirit (1 Pet. 3:4). Peter preaches a message that could not be more different from the world’s sermon. The world tells a woman to allow herself to be a sexual object for men, to flaunt what she has, and to be provocative in dress and manner. Peter tells her to be chaste in conduct (3:2). This is “incorruptible beauty,” literally not subject to decay. The godly woman grows more beautiful with age. Her godly disposition and disciplined righteousness beautify her in a way Cover Girl cannot!
Holy And Trusting (1 Pet. 3:5). Peter mentions another beauty mark in his description of a woman of God. She is like Sarah and other Old Testament women. She is holy. She lives near to God and far from the world. What truer beauty is there? She hopes for, counts on, and puts her confidence in God. The world’s ideal woman boasts of her self-sufficiency, self-reliance, self-confidence, and self-making. Selfish persons of either gender are decidedly unattractive. The Christian woman appears beautiful through her dependency upon God and His ways.
It is time for the Change for Children Campaign again. This is a funding raising effort of the Southeastern Children’s Home. You will find the cans for change on the tables in the foyer and the back hall. Please take one of the cans and fill it with your extra change over the next few weeks.
God has always expected his people to be concerned about the wellbeing of the orphan. Consider these two passages, one from the Old Testament and one from the New:
“The stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and shall be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thy hand which thou doest.”
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27).
The elders have decided to use The Gospel Minutes as a part of our local evangelistic outreach. The plan will go like this: First, we will select a number of households in the community and have The Gospel Minutes sent to them for two or three months. Second, toward the end of that period we will contact those who have been receiving it to see if they have been reading it and would like to continue. Third, those who are not interested will be dropped and those who are interested will be put on a more permanent mailing list. Fourth, we will then continue to make contact from time to time with those who have shown an interest. Fifth, we will then begin the whole process over again.
What is your part in this work? First, you may have the name and address of someone who is not a member of the church that you would like to receive The Gospel Minutes. Then, at the end of the two or three month period you would be expected to contact them to see if they are reading it and would like to continue. This then would be a permanent contact for you. You may want to discuss some of the important articles in different issues. Second, since many of those who will be on our mailing list will be unknown to us, we will need volunteers to contact them. If you would feel comfortable doing this, let the elders know.
Be sure to include this new work in your prayers.