A special word to the great number of women who will receive and read (I hope) this journal. You are urged to join the increasing number of women who are Christians, who can accurately be spoken of as "the noble-minded women." It is time that each disciple, both men and women, accepted his/her own individual responsibility for becoming "more noble-minded" in God's sight. We have a description of some who were highly commended for this essential quality. In Acts 17:11: "Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so." No wonder we read of this result: "Many of them therefore believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men," (verse 12). It is interesting that the emphasis, perhaps the "leadership" role in this instance, seems to have come from the women. Apparently they exhibited the "honest and good heart," (f. Luke 8:15) more readily than did the men since Luke seems to set them forward as first in this regard.
It has been more often than not, in my observation through the years, that it is the women who excel in being "noble-minded" in finding and serving God. They have often provided that "silent strength" which has been the backbone in the search and stand for truth characterizing many congregations of disciples. As has often been observed, women were the last at the cross and the first at the tomb of Jesus! Thank God for our noble-minded, consecrated, knowledgeable women. So often they have been the main strength and support in the home, in the church, and in other areas of life. There is definitely a leadership role for them. Their voices and help are needed. I urge them to arise to meet the great need for what they can provide in our day of trials, struggles, divisions, digressions, worldliness, and failures that plague the disciples and assemblies of the saints.
May God bless you, my dear sisters in the Lord, with that "noble-mindedness" to "receive the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things are so." You are welcome to contribute your views through this journal. -- CAH