I Corinthians 14:31-40

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace …” (v33). Continuing the theme of church order, Paul taught that the Corinthian women should “keep silent” rather than interrupt the preaching or teaching (v34). However, Paul goes far beyond what would be normal in his day (women focusing on domestic matters) and encourages them to gain knowledge. “If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home” (v35). He advocated a culturally sensitive way for women to be educated.

“But all things should be done decently and in order” (v40). We are “in order” when we respect one another and “excel in building up the church” (v12).