Men & Women: Equal & Different (1st Corinthians 11:1-16)

What is the difference between men and women? For one, in the covenant of marriage, there is headship. What is this headship thing?

What does Paul mean when he writes, “Man was not made from woman but woman from man. Man was not created for woman but woman for man.” (1st Corinthians 11:8-9)

  • This takes us back to the Creation account. “So God created man in His own image … male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27ff)
  • Both have equal value, for consider their Source and likeness. Both were created in the image of God the Creator.
  • Both. Equal.
  • To be made in God’s image means we are like Him in certain ways. All humanity, women and men.
  • The ways we were made to rule over creation (dominion), our reasoning and emotive faculties. Creativity, a conscience, relate, feel, multiply, enjoy, created as spiritual beings and more than a sum of animal instincts.
  • All people have been created in the image of God. Therefore all people have inherent dignity and worth, and deserve respect and honor, whether men, women, children, successful or disabled. All people made in His image.


While we are equal, how are we different? And what does that mean for the order in our homes and in the church, and in the world? Do these distinctions matter? How shall we live out God’s order and design for us?

Men & Women

Message title: Men & Women: Equal And Different
Eighteenth week of the Beautiful Messy Church
Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 11:1-16; Genesis 1 & 2
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 2/7/16

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Scripture readings: 1 Corinthians 11:1-16; Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-24

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