Northview Women’s Ministry Theme
Self-Esteem is a big topic these days. Lists like the “Best Self Help Books for Women” illuminate the world’s solution: Self-esteem is found within yourself :). Book titles suggest you embrace your truest self, quiet your inner critic, heal your emotional self, find your inner voice and reclaim yourself.
Scripture, however, asserts that self-esteem is all about God. Verse after verse about being chosen, being treasured, and being loved draw readers’ attention away from themselves to the God who does the choosing, treasuring and loving and who infuses our life with purpose and meaning. 1 Peter 2:9, the verse that we settled on for this year’s theme, does this magnificently. Let me unpack it a bit for you:
But you are chosen race
We are chosen by God and we are part of a community. Our worth is not found by looking within, but by connecting to God and other Christians.
a royal priesthood
We have been adopted into God’s royal family, and have been given spiritual authority over the powers and principalities of this world; we are no longer subject to them. Contrary to self-help ideas, however, this power doesn’t come from inside ourselves; it comes from God. As priests, we are expected to serve others in this role. We are to ‘mediate God’ to those who don’t know or understand Him.
a holy nation, a people for his own possession
Holy denotes being set apart for the service of God. Our freedom was paid for by Christ’s sacrifice. We were bought with a price (1 Cor 7:23) and therefore are now God’s possession. God will both care for us and put us to work.
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Our purpose in realizing “who we are” is not to feel better about ourselves or to celebrate our own greatness, but to proclaim in our speech and reflect in our actions the character and nature of God. This goes further than even sharing what God has done “for us”. We are to specifically share WHO HE IS: to tell others and to live in light of His sovereignty, power, judgment, holiness and love.
As we go through the ministry year together, we plan to explore the implications of this verse under the theme: “Chosen that you may proclaim”. Studies will focus on Knowing God as He presents himself in scripture, and our identity will come from serving God and each other, blessing those in our local community and around the world. Will you join in? You are chosen, that you may proclaim.
Director of Women’s Ministries