Rhema Bible Church
Cnr Rabie and Hans Schoeman sts
Randburg, Gauteng 2124 South Africa
Galatians 3:28 : There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
GEMA is a department of Rhema Bible Church headed by Ps Xana McCauley. Its purpose is to teach the truth of the Word of God regarding men and women, and to encourage everyone to fulfill their God-given calling without prejudice or gender bias; to teach that God doesn't distribute gifts and talents according to gender but as He wills and to encourage believers to 'take off their dark glasses' and re-visit Scripture in the light of His love.
GEMA aims at empowering women leaders to reach their full potential so that together we may all strengthen God's church, the Bride of Christ.
Rhema believes in Biblical Gender Equality as described in our Statement of Faith:
GENDER EQUALITY: The Bible teaches us that both man and woman were created equal by God, and in His image; that they both had a relationship with God, shared equally with God, spoke to God and fellowshipped with Him and were both given authority to rule over the earth (Gen 1:26-28). The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ came to redeem women as well as men.
Through faith we all become children of God, regardless of racial, social or gender distinctions (Gal 3:26-28). In the Church spiritual gifts of women and men are to be recognized, developed and used, while public recognition is to be given to both women and men who exercise ministries of service and leadership (1 Pet 4:10-11). In the family neither spouse is to seek to dominate the other but rather serve and submit to one another; spouses are to learn to share the responsibilities of leadership on the basis of gifts, expertise and availability (Eph 5:21). Both mothers and fathers are to exercise leadership in the nurture, training, discipline and teaching of their children (Prov 1:8, Eph 6:1-4, Col 3:20).
GEMA holds workshops, bible studies and group discussions, and speaks out against gender based violence.