Christian women often chitchat about homemaking or parenting or marriage—all of which are worthy topics to consider—but many times they leave theology, the study of God, to their preachers, elders, and husbands. Maybe it’s because they don’t consider it their “role” or their spiritual calling—or maybe they simply haven’t considered it at all. Others might trust in Christ and love the Lord, but they don’t see the use in studying their Bibles; after all, they hear God’s Word from the pulpit every week. Still others might consider the task of studying the full breadth of the Bible too daunting, especially in the face of other God-given responsibilities.
A Christian woman’s life is very full. Jobs, families, ministry responsibilities, and more seem to crowd out any possible study time, especially any comprehensive study of the whole Bible.
Isn’t life is always going to feel busy though? So, maybe that’s not a good excuse for not digging into the Word in a meaningful way?
Enter Jen Wilkin and her slim book Women of the Word.
When we don’t take our Bible reading as seriously as we should, the result can be devastating. Wilkin writes,
“Rather than acting as salt and light, we become bland contributions to the environments we inhabit and shape, indistinguishable from those who have never been changed by the gospel.”
THE FIVE Ps OF SOUND STUDY
Wilkin suggests we:
Study with Purpose by keeping the big picture of the Bible in mind when reading particular chapters or verses.
We should also Study with Perspective by researching the context and with Patience by employing this fruit of the Spirit both in the weeds of Bible comprehension and in waiting for it to yield dividends.
Wilkin continues her plan and goes into fine detail when explaining how we are to Study with Process. Basically, she recommends three questions to guide our process: “What does the Scripture say?” “What does the Scripture mean?” and “How should the Scripture change me?”
Lastly, Wilkin recommends we Study with Prayer and, for a sixth and bonus P, with People.
Christians are called to be imitators of the lovely and completely worthy Christ, the Son of God. To do this, we need to actively study up on this God.
“We will not wake up ten years from now and find we have passively taken on the character of God [without study].”
Women of the Word is a prescient book that not only convicts women readers of the absolute necessity of theology, but also offers an accessible plan for how to do so.