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How Women Can Support Man Church (6 of 7)
Series: Man Church
INTRODUCTION: We're in a sermon series entitled man church in which we've been talking about making the church more appealing to men. And here's a question that may be in some of your minds at this point: If we make the church man-friendly, won't women feel left out? Will THEY leave the church? What about the women?
The answer is "no." Women will stay. In fact, they'll probably like church better - especially young women. To illustrate, let me give you an example.
Home Depot sponsors Do-it-yourself workshops on how to do a number of practical, hands-on tasks. Imagine a conversation between Sheila and her girlfriends at lunch:
Sheila: Hey, girls, guess what I did last night? I went to Home Depot and learned how to work a band saw.
Sheila's friends: Oooooh, that's cool.
Now picture this conversation between Chuck and his buddies.
Chuck: Hey, guys, guess what I did last night? I went to Hobby Lobby and learned how to make decorative pillow shams.
Here's an interesting rule of the genders. The things of men often fascinate women. But the things of women usually repel men.
Men are deeply embarrassed to appear feminine in public. When my wife says to me, "Hold my purse for a minute," I'm mortified. I don't want to be seen in public holding a purse. I make sure I'm holding it in a way that demonstrates that it's NOT MY PURSE. But when I say to my wife, "Hold my hammer for a minute," she feels no shame. Today's women cross over easily into men's rolls and do so with delight. Women who conquer traditionally male roles are held up as models. Not so much with men. For example, almost half the doctors in the United States are women, but only six percent of America's nurses are men.
So if a church presents the gospel in a masculine context, who will be attracted? Men, women and children will be attracted. If a church presents the same gospel in a fe ...
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