Men and Women in the Church (Paperback)
A Biblical Primer on Men and Women in the Church
There is much at stake in God making humanity male and female. Created for one another yet distinct from each other, a man and a woman are not interchangeable—they are designed to function according to a divine fittedness. But when this design is misunderstood, ignored, or abused, there are dire consequences.
Men and women—in marriage especially, but in the rest of life as well—complement one another. And this biblical truth has enduring, cosmic significance. From start to finish, the biblical storyline—and the design of creation itself—depends upon the distinction between male and female. Men and Women in the Church is about the divinely designed complementarity of men and women as it applies to life in general and especially ministry in the church.
Paperback, 176 pages
Publication Date: April 2021
Table of Contents
Introduction: What If? How Come? Where Are We Going?
Part 1: Biblical Exploration
Chapter 1: A Very Good Place to Start (Genesis 1–3)
Chapter 2: Patterns that Preach (Old Testament Survey)
Chapter 3: Revolution and Repetition (Jesus and the Gospels)
Chapter 4: Of Heads and Hair (1 Corinthians 11:2–6; 14:33–35)
Chapter 5: A Marriage Made in Heaven (Ephesians 5:22–33)
Chapter 6: The Heart of the Matter (1 Timothy 2:8–15)
Chapter 7: Leaders, Servants, and Life Together (1 Timothy 3:1–13)
Part 2: Questions and Application
Chapter 8: Common Objections
Chapter 9: Growing Up as Boys and Girls
Chapter 10: Following Christ as Men and Women
Appendix: Should Complementarian Churches Allow a Woman to Give the Sunday Sermon?
“This is the first book I will recommend to those who want to study what the Scriptures teach about the roles of men and women both in marriage and the church. . . I was amazed at how much wisdom is packed into this short book. Everything in the book is helpful, but the practical application section alone is worth the price of the book.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Kevin DeYoung set out to write a book about the divinely designed complementarity of men and women that had exegetical integrity, used minimal technical jargon, and was weightier than a pamphlet and lighter than a doorstop. He has done just that and much more. Men and Women in the Church is readable, accessible, and—despite its brevity—covers all the main texts and common questions. It is an excellent introduction to the goodness of the Bible’s teaching about men and women, and about how to live faithfully today.”
Claire Smith, New Testament scholar; author, God's Good Design: What the Bible Really Says About Men and Women
“I expect that this book—written clearly and wisely on many topics in a brief space—will now become the first book I recommend on men and women in the church. Even where I might not agree with every conclusion, all of the positions are represented fairly. Help yourself and your church: read this book and get some copies for others.”
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks
“This is the first book I will recommend to those who want to study what the Scriptures teach about the roles of men and women both in marriage and in the church. In our busy lives it is difficult to find time to read, but here is a concise survey that can be read in an evening. Don’t be fooled by the size. The book is vintage DeYoung and is packed with solid exegesis and faithful theology. I was amazed at how much wisdom is packed into this short book. Everything in the book is helpful, but the practical application section alone is worth the price of the book.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Kevin DeYoung engages forthrightly with the most relevant scriptural texts on men and women in the church, always eager to help us see and understand not only what God is saying in the text but also why what God says is for our good. He doesn’t avoid hard questions, nor does he apologize or squirm because God did things the way he did. In this book, you are invited to acknowledge that what God has said and done in making men and women for particular purposes is not only real, but good.”
Abigail Dodds, author, (A)Typical Woman and Bread of Life
“This book does not disappoint. It brings the discussion up to date and deals forthrightly and biblically with a number of current challenges to the Bible’s teaching about men and women in the church and in the home. Kevin DeYoung’s clear, biblical exposition and engaging style make this a joy to read. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”
Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies, Boyce College; author, What Is the Meaning of Sex?
Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, and associate professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte. He has written books for children, adults, and academics, including Just Do Something; Crazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have nine children.