Joan of Arc once said, “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are, and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than death.” Sacrificing who we are and living without belief definitely describes most women in our world and many women in our churches. Knowing who we are, what we believe, and being able to articulate both is the first step to making a difference.
Sadly, many times our efforts to define our values lead to misunderstanding and even negativity. Here at Biblical Woman, we’ve encountered these misunderstandings about what we believe about women and what we teach at Southwestern Seminary. And we decided to do something about it.
The “Biblical Woman Statement” is a positive value statement about the 12 aspects of womanhood that impact us most. From family and gender to ministry and influence, from our responsibility to those we love most, to our responsibility to women across the globe, this statement explains what we really believe about the worth, significance, and opportunities of women.
You might be familiar with statements like the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood or, depending on your church background, The Baptist Faith and Message 2000. These remain two primary statements that help define what we believe and we’re not trying to replace either of these. But we do want to share a biblical foundation for the issues concerning a woman’s life that is for women, by women.
We know there’s no such thing as “cookie-cutter” biblical womanhood. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we do believe our convictions reflect the guidelines God has given us in His Word. And it’s so much bigger than the few, controversial issues that have unfortunately surrounded it!
This Thursday, we’re excited to share the “Biblical Woman Statement” with you! We hope it encourages you to think deeply about the issues it addresses, to engage others with the truth of God’s Word, and to realize the incredible significance of being created, “woman.
Editor of BiblicalWoman.com