What is a True Woman?

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God has given women the opportunity to impact the world around them. They don't have to be involved in politics, economics or culture to effect the world for God's glory. In this 62-minute session from the 2010 True Woman Conference, radio host, compelling speaker and author Nancy Leigh DeMoss encourages women to embrace biblical truth and act on it, trusting it will influence the world around them in the most surprising ways.  Nancy is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally syndicated radio programs. She has authored several books and Bible studies including, Bibilical Portrait of Womanhood: Discovering and living Out God’s Plan for our Lives, Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free, and Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy.  

Nancy said that the gospel, the grace of God is supposed to make us distinctive in everything—in who we are, in our attitudes, in our behavior, in our talk, in our habits. Think about your life before you became a believer. How has the gospel changed your life?
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Titus 2:1-15 (ESV)

Teach Sound Doctrine

1But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.2Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.3Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,4and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,5to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.6Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.7Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,8and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.9Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,10not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,12training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,13waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Why do you think teaching sound doctrine is important in our culture today? What difference will it make in how we live? How can it effect the different aspects of life? How can believers have a more profound affect in culture if they actually lived what they believe?
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Nancy described the true woman of God (in Titus 2) the following way:
  1. She tethers to the Word of God. 
  2. She has a reverent heart for God.
  3. She lives what she believes.
  4. She lives a temperate lifestyle.
  5. She teaches what is good and is willing to teach out of her failures.
  6. She's open and honest and self-controlled. 
  7. She loves those God has placed in her life. 
  8. She is kind and is others-centered.
  9. She lives out her calling, which is to pass the baton of faith to the next generation.
  10. She holds her life up to the pattern of Titus 2 and aspires to this picture.

Which characteristic above do you feel God pressing you for growth? What needs to change in your life?
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Do you think these characteristics are important before preceding to do what God has called you to do? Explain. Who will it benefit? How will it help? Why does it matter?
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Nancy said that our homes are "the first and primary sphere that we as women live out the gospel." Do you agree with her? Why do you think Paul puts an emphasis on the woman's role as a wife and mother? How does reflecting God's love with those God has placed in our lives make a difference?
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Nancy said no one has the power to live this kind of life on their own, but as believers, we have three resources the will enable us to live like true women that live in accord to sound doctrine:
  1. Grace of God (vv. 11–12) 
  2. Wait for the blessed hope (v. 13)
  3. Power of the cross (v. 14)

How does knowing that God has given us the desire and power to live a life pleasing to Him, "training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions (vv. 11–12), change the way you want to live your life? How can living as a true woman of God impact those around you now? What kind of a legacy will you be building?
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Nancy said, "Being a true woman of God isn't about being single or married, having children, grandchildren or not. It's about a heart that is tethered to Christ and His Word, tethered to the gospel, tethered to the cross, a heart that reflects the beauty of Christ and His ways."

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