ζωηγγελιος – ζωη – ‘life’ from Septuagint and ‘ἐυαγγελιον’ – good news, gospel messenger.
A woman of God who proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ, obeying Christ’s commission to make disciples of all nations by spreading God’s word to all people. As Eve and Adam were given authority by God to rule and subdue creation together, the eveangelical woman is redeemed in Christ to work alongside men and other women as a creative counterpart. They do not seek power or glory or authority for themselves but give glory to God in all things, men and women in mutual submission to their Creator, both made in His image.
The eveangelical woman gives respect to God–ordained authority and institutions – humbly accepting that we are all marred by sin – relying on God’s power at work in His people. Relying on God’s strength and wisdom she will use God’s gifts, as given to all His people, to build up and encourage the body of Christ. She will pray for God to increase her faith, to give her greater gifts, not to boast, but to serve God in any context to which she is called.
The eveangelical woman is made in God’s image and is purposed since the creation of mankind to give life to others, through physical birth, spiritual guidance, exhortation and encouragement, humble service of others in prayer and hospitality. She is not saved by these actions, but they are the gifts of God for the people of God, given to women and men to serve one another. But the highest calling is to proclaim new life in Christ so that all will turn to Him in faith.
She is humble in her speech but courageous in her actions, she is assured of her salvation though faith in Christ, and devotes herself to the study of God’s word and prayer. She relies on God’s strength made perfect in her weakness and is patient in suffering, dealing graciously with the weak and vulnerable to reflect the love of God to others. She is teachable yet discerning and grows in spiritual maturity by lifting others. Her life, created and redeemed by God, is life-giving and her reliance on God’s word as a source of comfort and strength becomes her witness and testimony to all who know her. She acknowledges God’s order in creation and seeks to emulate this by redeeming the day with her time and energy, as God is sanctifying the work of her hands. She will not want to place any person in the position that Christ holds as her Saviour.
The eveanglical woman values community and fosters genuine relationships with neighbours, family, friends and church community. She depends on God who knows and loves her first, and delights in praises of God, not seeking undue praise for herself or honouring others above God. She is aware of her limits and readily makes sacrifices in her daily life, as she is led by reflective prayer, in the Spirit and the Word, though not by coercion or force. She discerns God’s will for her life and disciples and influences those within her sphere, desiring to enlarge God’s Kingdom. She continually gives thanks for the fruit of the Spirit working in the life of every believer, and the Spirit’s work in those to whom God is revealing Himself.
The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. – Job 33.4