God has established in many human relationships a chain of authority. In civil government we are to submit to the authorities (Romans 13:1-4) unless commanded to violate Divine law (Acts 5:29). In the home the husband is to be head of the wife (Ephesians 5:23), the wife is to be in submission to the husband (Colossians 3:18) and children are to honor their parents (Ephesians 6:2). Likewise in the church, the Lord has ordained that all things be done “decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). Part of this order involves a chain of authority within the church and in various contexts outside of the assembly. In the assembly of the church the Lord commands explicitly “Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive” (1 Corinthians 14:34). In general, regardless of the context, the Lord teaches, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence” (1 Timothy 2:11-12). This does not mean that in contexts outside of the church assembly a woman cannot discuss the Bible with a man. We have the example of a Christian couple both talking with a man named Apollos about the gospel, outside of the assembly (Acts 18:26). Women are urged to be “teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3). They can do this by teaching other women and children (2 Timothy 1:5). God has blessed godly women with great talents, opportunities and responsibilities, yet He has placed upon Christian men the responsibility for church leadership and public teaching.
Kyle Pope, November 2009