The following outline is taken from the closing chapter of Werner Neuer’s Man & Woman in Christian Perspective. It is a very helpful tool for anyone that is seeking to understand why sexuality should be a central focus of the church. It is also relevant to the subject of this blog. Biblical fatherhood is ultimately a function of biblical sexuality. You can understand one without understanding the other.
I don’t like a few of his terms (e.g. values, gender, etc) and sterilized approach to application. Those things aside, it remains one the better summations I’ve read on the subject. I hope you find it useful.
Summary of Main Points and Conclusions
1. The biblical view of the sexes can be summed up in three points:
a. The unconditional affirmation of sexuality within divinely set boundaries as a good creation of God.
b. The full equality of man and woman because both were made in God’s image and fully redeemed in Christ.
c. The distinction of male and female, which involves different tasks for the sexes and a different position of man and woman.
2. The biblical ordering of the sexes consist in the man being seen as the head of the woman and the woman as supporter of the man (Gen. 2).
3. Headship for the man means:
a. The task of leadership and direction in marriage, church and society.
b. The acceptance of this leadership in dedicated selfless love, imitating Christ.
4. The position of supporter for the woman means:
a. Loving subordination under male leadership.
b. Completing the man by her special gifts as a woman.
5. The biblical ordering of man and woman (male superordination and female subordination) is an ordering in love, is sanctified by love and is also limited by it.
a. It is sanctified by love in that it reflects the eternal, inner trinitarian love of God (1 Cor 11:3) and the covenant of love between Christ and the church (Eph 5:22ff.).
b. It is limited by love, since love makes impossible every type of arbitrary male despotism and every slavish subjection of women.
6. As an ordinance of creation the biblical ordering of man and woman fundamentally applies to everyone, since it rests on the created nature of male and female. Continue reading