Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Joel 2:28-29 (NLT)
28 “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. 29 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.
This Sunday we are celebrating National Women’s Ministries Sunday in the Assemblies of God. Women have played a great role in the history of the Assemblies of God. Particularly in the early days of the Pentecostal movement women such as Alice Reynolds Fowler played a significant role in our growth in those early days. While there are a number of denominations that are frowned on, or even forbid women in ministry, we have always encouraged women to follow their calling in Christ. This is an appropriate aspect of our fellowship since there were a number of women in Scripture that have played significant roles in Salvation history. There is the prostitute Rahab who hid the Israelite spies in the Book of Joshua, the Judge Deborah from the Book of Judges, Ruth the Moabite women who became the Great Grandmother of King David, the Prophet Anna from the Gospel of Luke, Mary the mother of our Lord, Lydia the church planter in Acts, and the list goes on and on. Furthermore, women involved in ministry can be seen as a fulfillment of the prophecy about the Pentecostal age as foretold by the Prophet Joel. As Joel proclaimed, “In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.” While there have been women throughout our history that have been in the forefront, there has also been countless women, servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, who have given of their time, resources, talent, and effort to further the Kingdom here on earth. To all the women at New Life, I thank you for your ministry, service, and faithfulness that you have given to us over and over. We certainly could not function, let alone strive forward, without your faithfulness. May God continue to richly bless you and our church family as you continue your ministry among us.