Love God with Your Mind

Women in the Word


Bible studies for women are often targeted at engaging more of the heart than the head, leading women to think that feeling more for God is the only way to grow in relationship with Him. But is that true? How can church leaders help lay women love God with their hearts and their minds? In this video from The Gospel Coalition, Lauren Hansen sits down with Jen Wilkin to talk about the value of resourcing women with studies that build Bible literacy. Jen Wilkin leads women’s Bible studies at The Village Church in Dallas and is the author of Women of the Word. 


What has been your experience with women’s Bible studies in the local church? Would you agree that more studies target the heart rather than the head? Why or why not?
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Jen said, “The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” Describe a time when you learned something new about God or the Bible that enabled you to grow in love for God. What did you learn? How did you learn it? How did it impact your relationship with the Lord and your approach to Scripture?
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Jen believes the church is expecting too little from women and also afraid to offer them anything different. Could this be true of your church? In what ways? How are women expected to study and grow? What are some fears associated with offering studies for women focused on biblical literacy?
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How do you, personally, love God with your mind? What books or studies have helped you understand the biblical story or given you a grid for interpretation? How could you use those resources to engage and challenge more women in your church?
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Who are some women in your church who already have a foundational grasp on the Bible and theology? How could you encourage them to join you in casting a vision of biblical literacy for others? How could you train them to teach and lead discussion groups?
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God has given us minds that we might seek and find all of the reasons we have for loving Him above all things. May we be faithful to lead and guide women that effort that they might love God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. 


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