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CFC : Marriage Encounter Retreat 1 : Talk 4

chassy tesoro

on 15 October 2014

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Woman is a helpmate
(Gen. 2:18 25)
God's Original Purposes for a Woman
Living out the wife's Role Effectively
We need the power of the Holy Spirit and patience with ourselves and others.
The Woman as a Helpmate
MER 1: Talk 4
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Purpose is unity: one goal, life and vision. This is a tremendous challenge to do well.
What it brings about in the relationship and the family
a. It helps form the vision for family life
b. It helps carry on the vision with all the gifts, ability and creativity
c. It helps the husband carry out his work and service
d. It helps raise children and form girls in Christian womanly character
e. It helps by generously serving everyone in the family going the "extra mile".
What helpmate is not
a. Pastor for husband not showing his faults
b. Foe: not a tug of war;
his way vs. my way
c. Coach: figure head,
directing how he should discharge his responsibility
as head of the family
Spiritual Life
a. Her own prayer life should be in order
b. Pray and intercede for the husband
c. Pray for the household head of the husband
Practical life
a. Personal needs are cared for:
cloths, food, etc.
b. The environment of the home serves him
c. Sexually be available and know what his needs are
In actions
a. Express love, honor and respect
b. Raise children to love, honor and respect the father
c. Allow the husband to lead social and family gathering
Speech Patterns
a. Be the source of blessing and kindness (Prov. 31)
The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.

4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

- Proverbs 31 -
b. Speak gently with love
c. Put aside critical speech and sharp remarks
In the eyes of the world, we are fools.
Only in our environment of mutual trust, honor, respect based on the Lord is this possibility.

The end result is a woman who ministers.
Blessing nor curse
Healing not hurt
Life not death
Encouragement not destruction

A. How am I living out my role as a helpmate to my husband?

B. How can I get more help and support from other Christian wives?
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