1 Corinthians 11:1-12
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I handed them on to you. But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the husband is the head of his wife, and God is the head of Christ. Any man who prays or prophesies with something on his head disgraces his head, but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head—it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, she should wear a veil. For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of God; but woman is the reflection of man. Indeed, man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for the sake of man. For this reason a woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man or man independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman; but all things come from God.
1 Corinthians 14:34-35
women should be silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as the law also says. If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
The Bible is a complicated work, and it contains things that don’t always make sense for youth, because: a) humans are complicated, and so it can be difficult to understand God; b) we live in a different time and it can be difficult to relate to writings in the Bible; and c) the Bible doesn’t always provide easy answers. The Bible is still relevant, and its grand narrative tells a better story than the smaller stories do.
While we have provided a structure for the study, our hope is that you will use these pieces to craft your session and contextualize it for your group. You might use some of these pieces, or all of them. May the Spirit lead you as you customize your sessions!
We will highlight the relevant scholarly interviews and discussion guides from YDS Professors to assist you in your preparation for each week’s lesson.
Activity 1: Telephone Game, Part II
Activity 2: The Ethics of Scripture
Activity 3: We Live in a Different Time
Not all of it has easy answers:
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders