All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
I recall very distinctly the moment I felt that deep need to draw close to Jesus. I was a tender four years old and sitting in my bedroom on olive green carpet with my mom. We had a long and sweet conversation about Jesus where she asked me questions about why I want to be near to Jesus. The conversation ended with my mama holding me in her lap as she prayed and then with my sweet young voice and hands folded tight I said a prayer asking to be near to Jesus.
After that special prayer I also remember feeling like I could somehow lose Jesus that He would just walk out of my life and my heart; that I wouldn’t be able to get him back. My mom was patient with me and explained how it really works, that I could never lose him once I have him.
As I grew older I continued to yearn to really know Jesus. I wanted to go beyond Sunday school and youth group. I aspired to know how to really read and study my bible. I sought to know how to really understand Scripture. I had no idea how to do this. My mom would purchase devotionals for me, they were nice, but they didn’t teach me study tools. I also didn’t know how to check and see if what the devotionals were teaching was sound, nor did I even know I needed to check such things.
Over the years I muddled through reading my bible. I prayed often and did ask God to help me understand but I still felt very stuck. I would often feel frustrated and didn’t know how to work through not understanding a particular passage so naturally I would just move on to something I felt I did understand. Even though my understanding and study ability was limited I did spend quite a few hours in the Psalms. I was drawn to the flow of the Scripture and often felt as though the words were leaping right out of my heart.
As I grew into adulthood my understanding was growing more and more. I also had more study tools available and I was around a number of believers that offered new study methods that were quite helpful. I’ve always had a desire to learn and grow in the Word and would devour any book I could that would help with this, not simply for knowledge but to really know God.
Here I am now with my own pre-teen daughter who has a desire to know God and His Word. I want her to have tools for studying the bible that I didn’t have at her age. A few months back the book club that I am involved in read the book, Women of the Word, by Jen Wilkin. In this book the author details out how to study the bible. As I was reading this valuable book I kept thinking about my own daughter and how the methods of study in this book would really help her. The only problem was that the book is not at her reading level. There are some big words in there that I thought might scare her and some concepts with those words that we haven’t gone over yet, at least not in detail. I decided that the study methods in this book are just too valuable and helpful to not pass along to my girl.
Since we homeschool and bible study is part of her curriculum I thought it would be great to incorporate this book. The only way to do that though would be with a study guide to help her through the book, which brought me to realizing I would need to write the study guide for her. This is something that I’ve never done before but I figured now would be a great time to learn.
Would you also like your daughter to learn to study the Word deeply and thoroughly using Jen Wilkin’s book? If you would like a study written specifically for youth to accompany the book you are welcome to download and use the study that I have written.
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“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.
For further information about the author of Women of the Word, Jen Wilkin, you can visit her on her website: jenwilkin.net
This study guide is based on material from Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, © 2014. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,www.crossway.org.