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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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What’s (Not) Essential to Complementarianism?

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What's (Not) Essential to Complementarianism?

“God ordains that [men and women] assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments.”

These words, from The Gospel Coalition’s Foundation Documents, articulate the theological view known as complementarianism. Every member of TGC’s Council subscribes to this belief. Yet the practical outworking of complementarianism can look pretty different from church to church, even those that hold the same core theology.

Three TGC Council members—Danny Akin, Kevin DeYoung, and Darryl Williamson—sat down together to answer the questions, “What must complementarians agree on? Where can they disagree?”

You can listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast or watch the video.

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