TEACH US TO WANT

A Women’s Study Group on Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith

HOW DO WE RECONCILE THE LONGINGS IN OUR HEARTS WITH THE GOD WE’RE CALLED TO FOLLOW?

We all want things: certain relationships, just the right job, affirmation from others, a life full of passion and purpose. Contemporary culture says to go after desire, pursue your “I want” list ruthlessly. Christianity seems to send a different message: Wanting is sinful and selfish. Faith is about obedience and sacrifice.

In five sessions, based on her 2015 Christianity Today Book of the Year Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith, author and Bible teacher Jen Pollock Michel takes women on a brave journey through their many desires, longings, and ambitions. Featuring real-life stories of women wrestling with their desires—Jen offers insight from her own life, dives deep into Scripture and asks what it means to desire as a Christian:

  • Is it true that the hardest, least desirable choice is the most obviously holy? 
  • Is it true that personal desire must never be trusted? 

Jen will show biblically how it’s not only OK to name and voice our desires—it’s actually holy to. When we freely let God know our desires and allow them to be informed by Scripture and re-formed by our spiritual practices, we’ll discover a God more loving and generous than we can ever imagine.

Check out the session titles below:

  • Session 1 – Fear & Courage
  • Session 2 – Grace, Good News & Scripture
  • Session 3 – Prayer & Petition
  • Session 4 – Confession & Community
  • Session 5 – Commitment

We run this interactive women’s group live in our offices and will have future dates available soon.

In the meanwhile, please see below for more information and to access this resource online or use them to run your own small group study of this material!

TEACH US TO WANT BOOK

Jen Pollock Michel guides us on a journey of understanding who we are when we want, and reintroduces us to a God who gives us the desires of our hearts. The disciples asked Jesus to “Teach us to pray.” This book asks, “Teach us to want.”

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