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The Feminization of the Church (2 of 7)
Series: Man Church
INTRODUCTION: On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water. It was the largest glacier calving ever filmed. (Show video clip from Youtube.)
The pace of change on a glacier is...well...glacial. It's slow. The documentary stated that this calving event had been in process for 110 years. What we see on the screen in 75 minutes was actually years in the making.
Change in the church is often like that. Church culture can change dramatically but the process is so SLOW that we don't even realize it has happened. We accept what we're experiencing as the status quo and the norm because that's all we've ever known.
I'm in a sermon series entitled Man Church in which we're calling men back to the church but, perhaps more importantly, we're calling the church back to men.
Last Sunday, in the first message of the series, I stated the obvious; there are more women than men in the church. The typical church attracts an audience that is 61% female and 39% male. We stated the reason for this gender gap is that modern church culture favors females over males. But some of you may be wondering, "Steve, if it's true, how could this have happened? How did a Church that was founded by a man and his twelve MALE disciples come to be dominated by women? Did the women all get together and plot a takeover, a coup, of the Church? That seems unlikely!" In today's message I want to take a look at how the feminization of the church took place historically.
I. THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Matthew 16:26 "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a ...
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