Dr. Craig S. Keener is known for his work as a New Testament scholar on Bible background (commentaries on the New Testament in its early Jewish and Greco-Roman settings). Well over a million of his thirty-plus books are in circulation and have won thirteen national and international awards.
Dr. Keener wrote an article, "Was Paul For or Against Women in Ministry?"
You can download it for free at https://craigkeener.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EJ_2001_02_Spring_Keener-1.pdf
We believe that the Bible is our rule of faith and Jesus Christ alone is Lord. This statement summarizes the core belief of Church of God people. We have not issued any official belief statement, and we have no formal creed. Yet, the following statements reflect the heart of the Church of God:
We believe that the church is composed of every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. We enter into the life of the church, not by joining a denomination or a human organization, but by committing our lives to Christ (John 3:1-7).
We believe that God calls all followers of Christ to live in unity and peace, regardless of who they are or the church they attend (Gal 3:28). While we may not agree on everything, we can rally around our subject, Jesus.
We believe that followers of Christ have been called to live a life of love, purity, and godliness. We are called to live like Christ, taking on a new nature (2 Cor 5:17).
There is one Lord, who is God’s Son Jesus Christ, over the church. Christ is the church’s ultimate authority on all matters (Acts 2:36).
Each of us is called to fulfill Matthew 28:18–20, making fully devoted followers of Christ—disciples—who will then teach others to follow Christ.
We are called to fulfill Matthew 22:37–39, not only loving God with our entire being, but also loving all that he loves.
God’s Spirit equips believers with unique gifts that enable us to carry out the mission of Christ in the world. At the same time, the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in every believer (Galatians 5:22–23), which demonstrate the Spirit’s presence within us.
Since God is the source of life, all of life is to be used for the honor, glory, and service of God (Psalm 24:1).
The church’s mission is to minister to the Lord (Ezekiel 44:15) by developing intimacy with God (v.15), creating community, teaching the difference between the holy and the common (v.23), and influencing those outside the church by being peacemakers (v.24).