I just finished reading Jen Wilkin's book Women of the Word. My friend is leading a group studying through the book of Colossians right now using the methods Jen Wilkin describes. It has been a beautiful process, taking ownership of Scripture and using that brain muscle hiding beneath the momified messy bun.
Before I review the book, I just have to tell you how on point God is. I had been praying for God to show me a woman to disciple. I've had so many women pouring into my life this past year (Titus 2 Women) that I felt it right that I should give back as I've been given. I was listening to a podcast one day and the person being interviewed said that we shouldn't need to look hard, that these people would already be in our life. I didn't need to reach out. I just needed to reach deep.
A week after I started this study I had a new gal from my house church over for coffee. She goes to college where I got my master's degree and I just wanted to get to know her better. At the end of that coffee, she had agreed to start meeting with me weekly for coffee and Bible Study. We are going through Colossians using the method laid out in Women of the Word. God doesn't waste a second, yes? I'm going through the study about one week ahead of when I am "teaching" the study to this gal pal. When you are in His will, He makes it happen. I didn't need to look hard. I didn't even have to prepare anything extra. My friend leading my Bible study even had an extra book for me to give my new mentee. She is coming over to my house during my baby's naptime so I don't have to find childcare. All the pieces came to place. Voila!
Now I just pray that God would use me no matter how embarrassingly clutzy I can be at answering questions about his Word. I asked for prayer about how to lead this new discipleship process and my friend assured me that I've been discipling others for years with my friendships. It doesn't need to be SO OFFICIAL and SO SERIOUS. The spiritual maturity of this dear friend is not on my shoulders. It is up to God how he will bring her there and if He uses this time with me, beautiful. I just have to show up and let Him do His thing.
As for Women of the Word, it is a simple book about how to study God's Word. Jen makes it easy to understand and accessible. I left the book energized and wanting to try out the specific methods right away. I realized that I didn't need a fancy degree in theology to learn God's Word. He has given me everything I need and more to be a student of the Bible. I highly recommend this book to old and new Christians alike, and definitely for the seeker wanting to understand the Bible.
Women of the Word Takeaways:
- We should study the Bible to learn more about HIM and not more about OURSELVES. We are made in His image. As we learn more about HIM, it will become natural to learn more about ourselves in the process.
- We should study the Bible with our noggins, not just with our hearts.
- We should study the Bible, and only the Bible, and linger awhile on the passage before moving to the help of sermons, commentary, studies, etc. Let God use the Holy Spirit to teach us through his Word and don't be afraid of questions that don't get answered right away. God uses years of study sometimes to answer those questions.
- We should study with purpose, process, perspective, patience, and prayer, Learn the background. Know the type of literature. Ask who, what, when, where and why? Know how this story fits into the Big Story of the Bible, What does it say? What does it mean? How should it change me?
- Lastly, disciple means "learner" and a "learner" I will always be. It's a forever process and I'm ready to sink in deep. I have a new hunger for His word, which is a grace since I've been a Christian for 20 some years now. God is doing a new thing and I'm letting him take me for the ride!