1 Corinthians 11:2-16

What Does Hair Got to Do With It?

Discussion Questions:

Read 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

  • This passage at face value is very odd. Why was Paul so concerned about the hair of these Christian women in church?
    • It was not necessarily the hair; it was that the hair connected them to cult prostitution. Paul wanted them to not be connected to the pagan practices that would identify that person as belonging to another god.
  • For us as modern believers, what things do we connect ourselves to that would make us look like we are not designated to solely bring glory to God? As Christ followers, what things are within our liberties but we may have to remove to show that the world does not own us?
    • This is a hard question because, remember, liberties are things we cando. The Corinthian women could have shaved their heads, but they should lay that liberty to honor God. This might be one’s political views shared loudly on social media, one’s right to drink a beer, or a father’s ability to come in after work and watch TV instead of interact with his kids. The list is almost endless.
  • Some would look here and say that Paul is being oppressive to women. How do you feel about that?
    • Make the case that Paul elevated, depended on, and praised women all throughout his ministry. Lydia was very crucial to the work at Philippi. One could even make the case that without Lydia there would have been no Philippian church. Paul is not oppressing women; he is implementing God’s design for God’s church and households. 
  • Do Christians believe that women are somehow less equal than men? Is that what the tone of this passage feels like?
    • Women are equal to men in value, worth, and capability in the eyes of God, therefore, they should be in the eyes of men also. However, women and men have different roles and responsibilities in the household of faith as directed by God. 

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