Women’s Spectrum writer information
Writers are invited to submit articles now on the theme for 2014-2015:
How do I live as a minister of reconciliation? What does that look like in my world? We’re looking for articles that would help illustrate the following concepts:
2 Corinthians 5:18 (NIV)
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
We believe that all God’s people are called to be ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20). We believe that it is the responsibility of women to help train other women to fulfill their calling as ministers of reconciliation (Titus 2:3-5).
We believe that the world’s darkness will increasingly cause a great spiritual hunger. Every one of God’s people, male or female, needs to be prepared to offer solid truth to a world that is quickly losing its moorings. We all need to stand firm, to shine as lights, to hold out the Word of truth.
Women who see themselves as ministers of reconciliation:
- first of all understand what it means to be reconciled to God. They will be eager recipients of His grace and love, and will be eager to offer grace and love to others (Eph. 2: 4-10; 5:1-2).
- will not be in danger of usurping authority or making waves to further their own purposes. They will be more concerned about the good of God’s people than about furthering their own personal agendas (1 Cor. 10:24).
- understand the importance of their ministry beginning in their own home. They will seek to minister to their own families and bring reconciliation and healing into the family relationships (Prov. 31:27-29).
- understand their calling and responsibility to steward God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10).
- will be true peacemakers, not just glossing over the problems, but addressing them from God’s perspective. They will train their children to be people who work out their differences in appropriate, Christ-like ways, thus providing the future world with more individuals who know how to be reconcilers (James 3:18).
- will be fruitful as they truly understand God’s grace (Col. 1:6).
- proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching with all wisdom (Col. 1:28).
- understand that they are representing Christ and must respond as He would. They will understand the servant nature of ministry and will embrace that role (Mark 10:42-44).
- will be good listeners: quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19).
- will not be afraid to address the needs of the world around them. They will not sit by passively while needs around them go unmet (Prov. 31:20). They will get involved in gracious ways that lead to peace and brings great honor to their Lord (1 Peter 4:9-11; Hebrews 6:9-11).
- seek God’s wisdom to come alongside hurting people in a way that offers strength to help them stand firm (Prov. 31:26).
- know how to minister to the Lord (Psalm 101:6, Isaiah 56:6, Matthew 27:55, Mark 15:40-42, Luke 8:1-3).
- listen as God prompts them to reach out to the unsaved in their sphere of influence. They will take advantage of opportunities that God brings into their lives (2 Corinthians 5:20).
- understand the value of God’s Word and prayer in making them competent to minister (Colossians 3:16, 4:2).
- know how to work effectively with others, recruiting and building a team to minister powerfully as each contributes her gifts and abilities to the desired outcome (Ephesians 4).
- avoid arguing and complaining (Phil. 2:14-16).
- come alongside other women, younger in the faith, to help them also learn to be ministers of reconciliation (Titus 2:3-5).
- dig deep into God’s Word. They will know how to rightly divide the Word of Truth. They will have teachable spirits, but will also know how to give an account for what they believe (2 Tim. 2:15).
- sit at the feet of Jesus, as Mary did, and will not give up this privilege and opportunity. (Luke 10:38-42).
- know how to love well (1 Corinthians 13).
Articles should be submitted by February 15, 2014.
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