Session 4 Preparation Questions - Neither Male nor Female
Read: Galatians 3:28 (Read the entire book, if possible, to gain context, but
especially 3:15 4:7)
Consider the following questions:
- What problem was Paul addressing in the book of Galatians? Why would he
use such a statement as found in Galatians 3:28 to support his position?
- Does Pauls plea for freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1) apply to the
relations of men and women?
- Some have suggested that Galatians 3:28 is the most socially explosive
passage in the New Testament. Do you agree? Does Galatians 3:28 have implications
for our society (not just the church)? Was Paul interested in social reform
as well as spiritual reform?
- How would you summarize Paul basic message in Galatians 3:28 regarding
women? Why has he included the passage in his letter to the Galatians?
- Is subordination of women equivalent to the institution of slavery? If
so, what does this say to the twenty-first century church? If not, why not?
- Does being in Christ (Galatians 3:36) change the relationship
between men and women? If so, how?
- Is there a difference between the concepts in Christ and in
the church? Compare Galatians 3:28 with Ephesians 5:22-32.
- Read Mark 12: 18 27. Does this passage relate to Galatians 3:28?
Do you believe there will be gender distinctions and roles in heaven?
- Other than this passage, can you find further statements in Galatians which
inform us about roles of women in the church or family?
- Some have suggested that the interpretations of Galatians 3:28 can be divided
into two approaches, the all is changed in Christ approaches and
the keep role and worth separate approach. First consider Pauls
basic message to us. From that basic message, can you give arguments for each
approach from the book of Galatians? In what way does each approach inform
us regarding the role of women in the church and the relationship between
men and women?