This Following God
Bible Study examines the many women of God who served as partners in the
building of the early church. Readers
will discover how many women participated in founding the church and observe
that their stories reveal a commitment, a courage, and
a faith that is an impressive and important as that of the apostles.
The primary focus when teaching from the Book of Acts always
seems to be on the apostles, and particularly on Paul. The name of the Book is, after all, The Acts of the Apostles. But, these men of God neither started nor
sustained the Christian church by themselves.
They needed the women of God as partners in order to make it work. And when you really study this book of the
Bible, you not only discover how many women participated in founding the
church, but you also see that the “acts” of these women reveal a commitment, a
courage, and a faith that is an impressive and important as that of the
apostles. In fact, they were essential
to the very survival of the early Christian movement.
Their stories need to be told. Their stories are about relationship and
partnership and shared leadership for the sake of the gospel. Their stories show that the early Christians
were more concerned about spreading the gospel than in worrying about who was
right, wrong or more important. Their
stories will at times shock you, bring you to tears, or fill you with joy.
Xavia Arndt Sheffield holds a BA degree in music and an MA
degree in Speech/Theater from South Dakota
State University. Married for more than thirty years to a Presbyterian
minister, the Sheffields have served congregations in Massachusetts,
Ohio, and metro Washington,
With an interest in church history combined with women’s issues in the
church, Xavia has taught Women of the
Bible, Great Women in Church History; Women in the Early Church, and Women in the Medieval Church. She has also written
meditations for The Upper Room daily
devotional guide. Xavia and her husband have two grown children and live in the
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