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Jane Gibb

Jane and her husband Steve ministered at Trinity Baptist Church in Cairns, Australia for fourteen years before moving to serve as missionaries in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Jane has a bachelor of education. Jane is active in ministry in Vanuatu as well as being a busy mother of six.


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    Jane, very interesting. Thanks.

    I’ve never thought about ladies giving the Bible reading in a church service, how should we square that off with 1 Cor 14:34 as well as with other passages that talk about women teaching in public worship? Is reading the Bible teaching?

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    I particularly loved point 3. When we where working our way through Acts 22-26, we performed the passage as a ‘play’. Various people wore headbands to delineate their characters. We then acted our the trial in front of the church (using word for word Scripture). It really impacted what had previously been a relatively dry piece of the Bible.

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    @PJ You raise a good question “Is reading the Bible teaching”

    My take on Bible reading is that God is directly doing the teaching through His Word. The Bible is inspired regardless of the age or gender of the reader. I don’t even have a problem with a women publicly praying, writing a blog, giving a testimony or even a message. The 1 Cor 14:34 line for me is the ordination of women.

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    @PJ Thanks for bringing up the verse about women being silent in the church. What about 1 Corinthians 11:5: “Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head”? Ignoring the issue of head coverings, obviously the women at Corinth were contributing to the public worship–praying and prophesying. Paul does not tell them to stop, only to make sure that they present themselves in the right authority structure.

    It appears from the context that the prohibition in 14:34 applies to women who spoke up with authority in the church. But if a woman presents a Bible reading under the authority of the church leadership, she cannot be said to usurping church authority or failing to be in “submission.” If the same woman is graciously submissive to her husband and church leaders in other arenas of life as well, her example can encourage the whole congregation.

    Also, do you allow women to sing special items in your church services? Why would a woman be permitted to sing Bible teaching and yet be forbidden to read Scripture?

    This is a helpful discussion. I’m looking forward to more input from the men and the women!

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    All good points Jane. Many thanks.

    I wonder if women ever read the OT in the synagogue?

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    Jeremy Crooks

    Point 2: Getting the children to read. This is so important on many levels. It demonstrates that God’s Word is for all ages. It also trains our kids in the importance of Bible reading


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