Scripture is clear that manhood and womanhood are the beautiful handiwork of a good and loving God, affirms John Piper in What's the Difference? "God designed our differences, and they are profound." Yet when rightly understood according to God's Word, his vision for both men and women, rather than being oppressive, prideful, or self-promoting, "conforms to who we are by God's good design. Therefore it is fulfilling in the deepest sense of that word."
This study guide-a companion to the What's the Difference? DVD-commends the beauty and the biblical truth of God's plan for men and women as part of a 12-lesson, guided group study. Each lesson comes complete with Scripture and key quotations for reflection, penetrating questions, and five daily assignments per week. The content will both reinforce and prepare group members for Piper's powerful teaching so that all may come to recognize and embrace our God-given differences.
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About the Author
JOHN PIPER is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. His many books include When I Don't Desire God, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, God Is the Gospel, and Don't Waste Your Life and their DVDs and study guides.
Table of Contents
Introduction to This Study Guide 7
Lesson 1 Introduction to What's the Difference? Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible 13
Lesson 2 Setting the Stage in Culture: The Secular Feminist Impulse 15
Lesson 3 Setting the Stage in the Church: The Tragedy of Feminist Agnosticism 29
Lesson 4 Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 45
Lesson 5 Complementarity as God's Design in Creation 61
Lesson 6 Complementarity as God's Design for Marriage 79
Lesson 7 Defining Male Headship According to the Bible 95
Lesson 8 Defining Female Submission According to the Bible 109
Lesson 9 Answering Objections and Questions 127
Lesson 10 Male Leadership in the Church 139
Lesson 11 Men and Women in Ministry for the Glory of God 157
Lesson 12 Review and Conclusion 173
Leader's Guide 175
Appendix A Six-Session Intensive Option 183
Appendix B Leading Productive Discussions 185