Many women naturally enjoy the fellowship and community found in Bible study. However, there has been a growing trend toward deeper information for the time invested in these studies. While some of our more popular studies have lent toward practical living (marriage, parenting, identity), there are a number of women who are increasing in their passion and desire to grow in their depth of understanding the fundamentals of Christian Faith. As women, we sometimes approach the study of theology or theological education as an endeavor left to men. This passion is for God’s purpose and as women we must pursue God’s call for us to study His word.
Coffee Dates can turn into Counseling Sessions
How many times have you called a friend to have some girl time and had that conversation turn into a counseling session? The truth of the matter is that we ALL are counselors. Every time we listen to a friend and provide any insight, input, or advice, we find ourselves in the role of a counselor. The question is whether or not our counseling is informed by God’s Word through our study or if we are simply providing our personal opinion based on worldly standards. If our knowledge is not grounded in the study of God’s word then we will often default to less than Biblical responses for many questions that get asked.
Jesus Desires Women to Study His Words
In Luke 10:38 we read the story of Martha and Mary. Martha welcomed Jesus into her house and began the process of preparing for the needs of her guests. Martha soon became frustrated as she witnessed her sister Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to his teaching. Martha, distracted by the serving finally says, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve along? Tell her then to help me.”
The response of Jesus is amazing in that it levels the playing field for both Men and Women with regard to the importance of studying His Words.
Jesus answers Martha by saying, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
Practical living should be anchored in the Principles of God’s Word
All of what we do should be anchored in Truth. Living “rightly” comes from believing “rightly” and believing “rightly” results in right practices. Our beliefs inform our lives. Jesus was clear that we would know the Truth and that truth would set us free (John 8:32). The basis of truth is the word of God. Christ desires that we be sanctified by the truth and proclaims that God’s Word is that truth (John 17:17).
It is important that we ensure all of our practical living is anchored in the Word of God. As we grow in our understanding of God through the study of theology we can, with confidence, know that our lives will experience the fullness of joy God intended for us to experience when we follow His Word. That confidence then allows us to share with those God has put in our path. To not shy away from the hard topics, to be honest in HIS Truth and not our personal experiences only.
Theology leads to Deeper Intimacy with God
We are uniquely designed for intimacy with God. As image bearers of God—Imago Dei—we are created to glorify Him. If you’re like me and many other women sometimes that can be our biggest stumbling block. Truly believing and trusting I am created in the image of the Creator. With intimacy with God that truth can hold strong. And as our knowledge of God deepens through study, this provides the foundation for a deeper meaning in our walk and a greater ability to give Him the praise he is due—Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone).