Women's Ministry Monthly Update - November 2023

Marcella's Daughters

General Revelation: Evidence of Our Creator

The word “revelation” refers to God’s self-disclosure. God reveals Himself to us so that we can know him and have a relationship with Him. Some of God’s revelation is given to every person, at every point in history. This is known as “General Revelation.” General Revelation tells us about God’s existence and character in a way that everyone can observe it.

God has given us two spheres of General Revelation: Creation and Conscience. Creation reveals that the world and everything in it came from a Creator God. Through creation, we see His order, purpose, and design. Psalm 19:1-3 says: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.” The created world reveals the reality of God in an untenable way. In fact, in Romans 1, Paul explains that what we learn about God from creation leaves us “without excuse” to believe that He exists.

The second sphere of General Revelation is the human conscience, also known as the moral law. The moral law refers to the innate sense of right and wrong that every human being has. Even when we fail to live up to our own consciences, we recognize that something is good or bad, right or wrong, moral or immoral. The moral law, confirmed in our conscience reveals that there is a standard of right and wrong to which we are responsible. And if we are responsible, then we are accountable to a Supreme Being - God Himself - for breaking this moral law.

General Revelation is a gift to humanity. It reminds us that God wants us to know Him - so much so that He has given us His Creation and our Conscience to reveal Himself to humanity.

Marcella was a 4th century Christian who devoted her life to study. She was so intellectual and had such a strong command over doctrine that the Church Father, Jerome, sent young pastors to learn from her theological expertise. We honor her legacy as we study doctrine together.

This Month in Christian History

November 1, 451: Council of Chalcedon ends. It was the fourth and largest of the early general councils and insisted Christ has two natures, the human and the divine.

November 1, 1512: After four years of work, Michelangelo opens the Sistine Chapel ceiling to public view on All Saints Day. His work covers a 5,800-square-feet surface.

November 2, 1637: Trial begins for Anne Hutchinson, who will be exiled as a result and become a founder of Rhode Island. She had led religious meetings in her home and advocated a covenant of grace.

November 15, 1878: Death of Jane Montgomery Campbell, who translated a number of hymns from German into English, including “Silent Night,” “We Plow the Fields,” and others.

November 22, 1963: Death of C. S. Lewis, beloved apologist, scholar and author.

Priscilla’s Corner

Katy Little

Associate Minister of Sr. Adults and Women at First Baptist Midland

I’m Katy Little, and I’ve served full time at First Baptist Church, Midland, TX, since 2011. Over the years, I have served as Student Ministry Assistant/Girls Minister, Associate Student Minister, and Associate Senior Adult and Women’s Minister. I have had many roles at my church, but my purpose has always been the same: to love and serve Christ and His people.

I currently serve in a dual role ministering to Senior Adults and Women. I get to visit, pray for encourage, and love our Senior Adults in many ways. We go on trips, plan activities, and host service projects so our older friends continue to feel connected in community. My hope is to equip our seniors to love, serve, and pass their legacy of faith on to their neighbors and the next generation. In Women’s Ministry, I particularly enjoy teaching the Bible to women and seeing them grow deeper in their relationship with Him through intentional discipleship. We have begun several discipleship groups in our church in the past year, and I can’t wait to see the fruit that God will bring from investing in His word with others.

I grew up in Winnie, TX, where my parents raised me to love Jesus and His church. I received my B. A. in English from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, and then I received my Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Sometime after I graduated from ETBU, I surrendered my life’s purpose to God and understood that my life existed to give Him glory. God led me into vocational ministry, but I know that no matter what my job title is, I will serve God for the rest of my life.

I am unmarried, and that gives me a particular set of blessings and challenges in ministry. I like to sing and play the ukulele, knit, read, travel, and play pickleball. I love Missions, both international and local. Some of my favorite Mission trips have been to Haiti, Peru, Toronto, and Kenya.

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for Israel and the Palestinian Territories. For specific prayer points, please click here.
  • Continue to pray for Ukraine.
  • Please pray for the Christian Life Commission (CLC) and their continued work prioritizing pro-life legislation in Texas. Learn more here.
  • As this special session comes to end, please pray for the CLC’s #1 priority for the next legislative session: air conditioning in Texas Prisons. Continue reading below.
    • The Christian Life Commission (CLC) prioritizes pro-life legislation in Texas. This includes laws which protect and promote the flourishing of pre-natal life, but it also extends to life outside the womb. Installing air conditioning in Texas prisons is a top pro-life public policy matter for the CLC.
    • Two-thirds of the 100 prisons in Texas do not have air conditioning or heat in the living areas. When summer temperatures in the state soar over 100 degrees, it can reach 145 degrees inside. In an effort to save themselves from the heat, inmates will flood the toilets in their cells in hope the quarter inch of toilet water on the floor will provide relief. Texas has already spent millions of dollars defending wrongful death lawsuits due to heat stroke in Texas prisons.
    • It isn’t just the inmates who suffer. The public servants employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice work in inhumane and dangerous conditions all summer long. These poor working conditions have exacerbated the TDCJ staffing crisis.
    • Officers have shared testimonies about witnessing other officers stop breathing and having to be resuscitated, then taken to the hospital by ambulance. One officer said, “I served in Afghanistan. It’s a lot like that. Very similar. Not everyone I work with has experienced it before, though.” This is why the CLC considers the issue of A/C in Texas prisons a pro-life issue.
    • During the 88th legislative session, a proposed law that would have required Texas prisons to maintain a temperature of not more than 85 degrees and not less that 65 degrees passed the Texas House, but the measure failed in the Texas Senate. Installing heat and air in Texas prisons is costly. The fiscal note on the bill was $545 million. Texas, however, is not a poor state. The state had a surplus of $32.7 billion this biennium. The CLC is making the installation of A/C and heat it’s highest public policy priority for the next legislative session.