Mister Richardson's
Bible Doctrine Class


Chapter 12: Man as Male and Female

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. - Colossians 3:18-19

A. Personal Relationships

  1. The Trinity.
  2. Christ and the Church.
  3. Husband & Wife.

B. Equality in Personhood and Importance

  1. Everyone is equal before God's law.
  2. No one is inferior or superior.
  3. We are all sinners in need of salvation - James 2:1-13.

C. Differences in Roles between men and women.

  1. Relationship between the Trinity and male headship in marriage - 1 Cor 11:3.
  2. Distinct roles before and after the fall:
  3. What about the egalitarian position?

D. Further Considerations

  1. Your view of Scripture should determine your view of male/female roles.
  2. If Scripture is not culturally relevant as is, it is not authoritative as is, therefore, it must be changed, i.e. gender-neutral translations.
  3. Misuse of history.
  4. Misuse of Biblical languages.

Verses quoted in Chapter 12

Complementarian, difference in role, distortion in roles, egalitarian, equality in personhood, primogeniture.

1. Explain how the creation of mankind as male and female reflects the image of God in interpersonal relationships.
2. If man and woman are created equally in God's image, what does this say about their relative importance before God?
3. Name five indications that distinct roles for men and women existed before the Fall.
4. What effect did the Fall have on the roles and functions of Adam and Eve?
5. What effect does our redemption in Christ have on these roles?

1. If you are being honest about your feelings, do you think it is better to be a man or a woman?
2. Are you happy with the gender God gave you, or would you rather be a member of the opposite sex? How do you think God wants you to feel about that question?

Countering the Claims of Evangelical Feminism - Wayne Grudem

"Woman takes her being from man, man takes his well-being from woman." - Thomas Adams
"A prudent wife commands her husband by obeying him." - John Trapp
"When Adam was away, Eve was made a prey." - Henry Smith

Six Questions That Have Never Been Answered - Wayne Grudem
Q & A on Paul and Jesus, Women and the Law - Jim Hamilton
Is Homosexual Practice No Worse Than Any Other Sin? - Robert Gagnon

Q13: Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?
A13: Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God.