Women in revival : Importance of women in Acts

women in revival

One of the most hardest to receive elements of Pentecostalism is that we believe that women are called to be in full time ministry just like a man. What many do not understand is the importance of women in Acts.

It seems that we forget things like Philip has four unmarried daughters who were prophetess in the early church. Paul’s ministry was blessed in part of women who helped him such as Euodia, Syntyche and Priscilla. Then you have Phoebe that lead a local Assembly in Rome. (She was a deacon)

Junia was a special case. She was a female Apostle. (As we saw in earlier studies, there was at least 72 Apostles, not 12) She did everything that an Apostle that was a male did. We have no reason to believe otherwise.

When I hear people, mostly non-Pentecostals struggle with women in ministry, I often hear a couple of passages from Paul’s letter that we do not understand and would not apply to modern American culture.

The truth is when you take the practices of Paul and all of his writings in a collection together, the case against women does not hold much or any weight. It seems much more likely that Paul was concerned about
ecstatic disruptions than the gender of a believer.

What about women in revival?

As early as Acts 1:12-16, we see the importance of women in Acts and in revival.

When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.  They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Acts 1:13-14

It is of interest that in literature of that time, only men were normally mentioned. However, Luke went out of his way to make sure we knew that women were also in the Upper Room with the core Apostles like Peter and James.

It is reasonable to believe these included Mary and Martha, Joanna, and Susanna (financial supporters of Jesus). There was probably at least a dozen other women in prayer for the promise of the Holy Spirit with them.

We have no reason to believe that they were treated as inferior or received less of the baptism of the Holy Spirit because of their gender. In fact, what we do read is that when the Holy Spirit fell, that ALL (women included) were filled and spoken with other tongues. (Acts 2:4)

In other words, from everything we have to consider, the women were equals and stood arm to arm with the men in one accord crying out for the power of the Holy Ghost.

How could this be? The reality is the more we die to ourselves and out ideals; the less important gender becomes in revival. Cultural standards get burnt up in the fire of Pentecost!

  • Andrew Pratt
    May 9, 2019 - 5:37 pm

    I think of no other book that brings the true biblical perspective of women and God’s design for them in creation, than is Kris Vallaton’s Book
    “Fashioned to Reign” Empowering Women to Fulfill their Divine Destiny.
    Foreword by Jack Hayford
    Here is the introduction by online of this book.

    “Fashioned to Reign: Empowering Women to Fulfill Their Divine Destiny
    by Kris Vallotton
    4.36 · Rating details · 493 ratings · 63 reviews
    Bestselling Author and Pastor Delivers Powerful, Liberating Teaching on Women and Their Divine Destiny
    Ever since Adam and Eve made their tragic choice in the Garden of Eden, the concept of woman as God’s most beautiful creation has been gravely marred. History shows the sad consequences as the serpent continues to deceive regarding woman’s role and purpose.
    But as Kris Vallotton explains, that was not God’s final answer. The drive to disempower and deface women was the devil’s idea–not God’s. Through the cross of Christ, the power of the curse in the Garden was broken forever.
    Taking the reader by the hand for a walk through Scripture, this leader and bestselling author reveals:
    – God’s true plan for women
    – simple steps for removing the ancient
    – patterns of enslavement
    – Jesus’s care for women
    – the true meaning of the apostle Paul’s exhortations about women
    – various examples of women in leadership as God intended
    In the Garden, the woman was taken out of the man to stand by his side and co-reign with him. Now the world aches for this partnership to be brought into balance once more. This can be achieved, affirms Vallotton, and it begins with understanding God’s most beautiful creation. ”

    It is marvelous how that Kris shows how religions of the world including Christianity of demeaning women and making them subject to men in a controlling manner. Interesting the Apostle Paul discussed corrective action with women in the Bible only in the Matriarchal cultures where they worshiped Female Deities. Christianity over the years has misapplied this correction as a common doctrine forbidding women to speak, taking positions up in the 5 fold ministry and yet we see Junia spoken of in Romans 16:7 who was an Apostle.

    If you men and want to liberate your wives and women in their true role read the book and confirm what women have known for years that as Kris says in his book Jesus led the first Women’s Liberation movement.

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