Abusing Christian Liberty in Church
Inappropriate Behavior for Women
1 Corinthians 11:2-17

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The Importance of Holding Fast to Doctrinal Truths (1 Cor 11:2)

The Principle of a Hierarchy of Authority & Responsibility (1 Cor 11:3)

The Shame of Violating Customs Which Support This Hierarchy of Authority (1 Cor 11:4-6)

First, for the Man (1 Cor 11:4)

Second, for the Woman (1 Cor 11:5-6)

The Argument from the Sequence, Manner, and Purpose of Their Creation (1 Cor 11:7-12)

Sequence: The Man Was Created First in the Image of God (1 Cor 11:7)

Manner: The Woman Was Created Out of the Man's Body (1 Cor 11:8)

Purpose: The Woman Was Created to Function as a Helper (1 Cor 11:9)

Conclusion From This Argument & An Additional Reason (1 Cor 11:10)

The Balancing Truth: The Interdependence of Men & Women Under Christ (1 Cor 11:11-12)

The Argument from Social Propriety in the Culture of That Time (1 Cor 11:13-15)

You Judge: Is It Proper? (1 Cor 11:13)

What Does Natural Hair Teach Us About Properly Covering the Head? (1 Cor 11:14-15)

First, for the Man (1 Cor 11:14)

Second, for the Woman (1 Cor 11:15)

Summary Chart of Statements Made About Men and Women

3 Man is under the direct authority of Christ Woman is under the direct authority of the husband or the male leadership of the church
4-5 Man is disgraced by covering his head while praying or prophesying Woman is disgraced by being uncovered while praying or prophesying
6-7 Man is obligated not to cover his head, and he was created in the image & glory of God Woman is obligated to cover her head, since being uncovered was as disgraceful as having her head shaved. Woman was created to be the glory of the man.
8 Man was not created out of woman Woman was created out of man
9 Man was not created for the woman's sake Woman was created for the man's sake
10   Woman is obligated to wear a symbol of authority on her head
11 Man is not independent from woman Woman is not independent from man
12 All men since Creation have been born by means of a woman At Creation, the woman originated from the man
13   It is not proper for a woman to pray uncovered
14-15 Long hair is not customary or proper for a man Long hair is customary and proper for a woman

The Argument from the Common Practice in the Churches (1 Cor 11:16)

The Transition Between This Church Issue and the Next (1 Cor 11:17)