Why This Issue Now?

2014 The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference


In this 55-minute session from the 2014 TGC Women’s Conference, Don Carson hosts Kathleen Nielson, Tim Keller, Kathy Keller, and John Piper in an engaging panel discussion about complementarianism and its implications for home, church, and culture. 


Before this discussion, had you ever considered what you believed about gender roles? If so, who or what influenced your position?
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The panelist agreed that complementarianism is not based on competency, rather the biblical design for distinct roles. It mirrors the Trinity. How does this understanding bring clarity to the meaning of complementarianism and how does it encourage you in your role?
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John described headship as “a burden of responsibility, not right of power…if men did what they ought to do the way they ought to do it, women would flourish.” What men in your life have embodied biblical headship? How have you or other women flourished under their leadership?
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Tim and Kathy admitted that they struggled to embrace headship early in their marriage because it did not seem natural. Does your role come naturally? In what ways do you struggle and how could you grow?
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The panelists explained that churches should operate like a family with brothers and sisters working together in the rhythm of their roles. How have you seen this modeled in your church?
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Kathy said, “We have to find a way to joyfully accept the fact that we are gendered human beings and that it is a good thing and something God means for us to enjoy and embrace and use.” May that be our prayer, that we joyfully accept and embrace our gender roles. And in doing so, may we see more of God and His perfect design.


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