Leading "Teach Us to Want" Bible Study Featuring Jen Pollock Michel

"Teach Us to Want" Bible Study Featuring Jen Pollock Michel

You can find the Teach Us to Want Bible study series exclusively in your RightNow Media Bible Study Library here.

We all want things: certain relationships, just the right job, affirmation from others, a life full of passion and purpose. Contemporary culture says to go after desire, pursue our “I want” list ruthlessly. Christianity seems to send a different message: Wanting is sinful and selfish. Faith is about obedience and sacrifice.

Is there a way to reconcile the longings in our hearts with the God we’re called to follow?

Teach Us to Want is a 5-part series about desire’s role in the life of faith. Through biblical teaching and real-life stories, this Bible study will challenge women to examine their own personal desires and consider how God wants to both fulfill and transform them. Take a look at a video overview of Teach Us to Want. 

In Teach Us to Want, you'll hear from ordinary women who struggle with wanting things in their lives: a meaningful job, healing from grief, children, a husband. Their honesty about their struggles will bring to mind your own desires and the desires of the women in your group. In this real-life story from the series, Rachel shares how God gave her the desire to be an architect. Listen as she shares both the joy and struggle associated with desire. 

You are leading women who all have very different desires. Some might want something in their relationships, while others want more professionally, or in their personal walk with God. What desires do you expect your group will discuss? Is there a particular woman you know who has been left wanting? Consider inviting her to the group if you haven't already or reach out to her in some small way.
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Jen Pollock Michel is a Bible teacher, regular contributor to Her.meneutics, and author of one of Christianity Today's 2015 books of the year, Teach Us to Want. In this series based on her book, Jen will offer a refreshing perspective on desire. Listen as she turns our attention to Jesus who is no stranger to desire. She has encouraging words for you as you help women share, confess, and examine their desires. 

The women in your group will likely be in different places in their faith and experience varying degrees of closeness with Jesus. Jesus is a good starting point for everybody because of how He responded to the desires of the people He encountered: without condemnation or judgment. Jesus listened and shared the truth of who He was: the fulfillment of all desire. 

In what ways can you model Christ's unconditional love and acceptance to the women in your group?
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A lot of women in your group are really struggling and having a hard time believing in God’s best for them. As you hear their various desires, consider how Jen suggests you minister to them in love and hope:
  1. Ask good questions
  2. Listen and be patient
  3. Model confession
  4. Pray for them
  5. Believe the gospel on their behalf
Doing these things will keep Christ in the center of your group and grow your hearts for each other.

Jen says that Jesus models a study on desire by first of all asking good questions. It’s so easy to give a lot of answers, isn’t it? When we’re wrestling, though, it’s helpful to have a lot to think and pray about. What are some good questions you can already anticipate asking the women in your group?
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Jen encourages compassion, sincerity, and humility when leading your group, especially during times of confession. The women in your group will want to know that you love them and care about what’s on their hearts. They’ll also want to know they’re not alone. What is one desire you are willing to share that will show women you understand their struggle? Do you have any stories of hope that will show how God has fulfilled or transformed your desires?
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What are some specific ways you can pray for the women you’re leading in this study? Also, who is one person you can ask to pray for you while you lead?
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To help you teach each Bible study lesson, you will use the downloadable Leader's Guide and group handouts available online to dig deep into the video teaching. Take some time in advance to consider the Bible study questions and come up with personal examples to encourage discussion with the other women. 

A Christ-centered group will be a safe place for women to talk about the various desires on their hearts. Thank you for welcoming women into that place and allowing God to use you as He fulfills and transforms the desires of your group.

You can find the Teach Us to Want Bible study series exclusively in your RightNow Media Bible Study Library here.