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Jen Wilkin on the Biggest Obstacle Keeping People From Reading the Bible

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Jen Wilkin is a Bible teacher and the author of several books, including, “Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands” and “Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.” Jen’s passion is to see others become articulate and committed followers of Christ with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God.

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Key Questions for Jen Wilkin

-What are the primary challenges that you’ve encountered when it comes to helping people engage Scripture?

-What do you say to young people who don’t see the relevancy of the Bible to modern life?

-How can we take the Bible seriously, yet find delight in it as well?

-How might church leaders nurture young women who feel called to dive deep into the Bible and even to be Bible teachers?

Key Quotes From Jen Wilkin

“I think the biggest challenge that we’re facing right now, which is just sort of a product of being in an instant gratification culture, is that people think that learning the Bible should be easy.”

“What we have a lot of times in Christian subculture is the mindset of, ‘If I start my day with my time in the Word, then my day will go well, and if I don’t do that, then my day will go poorly.’”

“This, like any other spiritual discipline, is something that we labor for. It’s something that requires effort on our part.”

“We know that to be a follower of Christ is to take up our cross and deny ourselves and follow him. We think that applies to things like giving our money and and allocating our time in the day. And we don’t think that it will be hard for us to open the Scriptures and draw the necessary wisdom that we need from them.”

“Our M.O. has been to lower the bar at every turn with what we’re asking of young people instead of doing what everyone else is doing, and that’s raising the bar and requiring more of them. People run toward things that cost them something.”