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God's Design for Men and Women | 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

Some of Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 are specific to the culture of his time and are not rules that we have to follow today. However, while culture changes, theology does not. The theological truths in this passage are that men and women are equal in value and dignity, have different responsibilities and opportunities, and are completely interdependent.

Timothy "TA" AteekJul 3, 2022
1 Corinthians 11:1-16

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God's Design for Men and Women | 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
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1 Corinthians 11:1-16 is one of the most debated passages in the entire New Testament. To understand it, we have to look at what was happening culturally in Corinth in the first century, and how it matters for us today theologically.

  • What was happening then? At that time and in that culture, head coverings and hairstyles had specific meanings. A man who covered his head in church might appear to be worshipping pagan gods (1 Corinthians 11:4). For a wife, having her head uncovered or her hair down was a signal that she was single or available (1 Corinthians 11:5-6). These cultural signals could be distracting, and Paul was trying to avoid distractions in worship. Since head coverings and hairstyles do not carry such meanings today, we no longer have to follow those specific guidelines.
  • What matters now? While culture changes, theology doesn’t. There are three theological truths from this passage:
    • Men and women are absolutely, without a doubt, equal in value and dignity. The word “head” in 1 Corinthians 11:3 does not imply that one person is inferior to another. God the Son and God the Father are both equal members of the Trinity, even though “the head of Christ is God.”
    • Husbands and wives are equal in dignity while differing in responsibility. A husband leading his wife (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-24) does not imply a difference in rank, but a difference in responsibility. Being a leader means a husband should lay his life down for his wife (Ephesians 5:25).
    • God’s original design is still the key to human flourishing. God’s design is for men and women to have the same mission (Genesis 1:27-28; Matthew 28:19), with differing responsibilities (Genesis 2:15-18), and unique opportunities (1 Corinthians 11:14-15), while being completely interdependent (1 Corinthians 11:11-12).

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Husbands: How can you love your wife “as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25)?
  • Wives: How can you encourage and support your husband in his God-given role (Ephesians 5:22-24)?
  • Single men and women: How can you live out God’s mission for you as today (Matthew 28:19)?
  • Additional Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16; Genesis 1:26-27; Philippians 2:3; John 5:19; Matthew 28:18; Hebrews 12:2