For much of my life, I did not understand the Biblical priority of the local church. The idea of loving a local church was like loving a post office. You appreciated the post office and the services that it provided, but "love" was such a strong word. After some study (both from Scripture and using good books) I realized that my view of the local church was not the same as Christ's emphasis on His church.
Recently, I was thinking about why we don't see femininity very often on television or in movies (or pretty much anywhere). When I say "femininity," I'm referring to a femininity that is joyfully rooted in a woman enjoying the gift of being a woman, yet not seeking to take on the role of a man at the same time. I thought "what's missing?" Well, I think what's missing for many woman, even Christian women in their lack biblical femininity is the absence of being around other godly women.
So, what is the key biblical passage for this thinking. Titus 2:3-5. In these verses of Paul's letter, we see that older women (those who are godly ladies and probably in the same local church) are to be teaching and instructing younger women. These ladies are to pass down how a young woman is to be a wife, a mom, and be positioned toward the home for the purpose of godliness. Along with the home, the local church is the context of teaching this femininity...at least it is supposed to be. I'm thankful for the many woman in my local church who seek to pass down femininity to their daughters as well as to the younger ladies in our church. They are building into woman to help have strong marriages and strong parenting which display the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As we approach Thanksgiving this week. I am thankful for these ladies who exemplify what it means to be a Christian woman. As John Piper says, they are amazingly feminine and have backbones of steal. Piper says that his church is full of them. I'm thankful that my church is too.