When Jen Wilkin writes a book, a blog, anything… I read it. Her book, Women of the Word, is one of my favorite books to give to friends who ask me questions about how to study the Bible. So when LifeWay and The Gospel Coalition released Wilkin’s study of the book of 1 Peter, I immediately signed up for it. Jen’s ability to strip away the unnecessary and teach women how to study God’s word is refreshing and honestly, it’s rare in our culture that values self-discovery and entertainment over good content.
Many of the lessons learned and ideas discussed in Women of the Word are practiced in this study. In other words, if Women of the Word is the class, this study of 1 Peter is the practicum. And at the end of the study, you’ll know more about our living hope in Christ and will be inspired to study the rest of the Bible using the methods Wilkin encourages.
So now that you’re curious, what exactly does this study entail?
The study is 9 weeks long, and is available in a study book, a leaders guide, and you can even purchase teaching videos to accompany your learning. But leaders take note, your role in leading this study may be different from previous groups you’ve led. According to Wilkin, your role isn’t to “teach” the group, rather she encourages leaders to be co-learners and facilitators of discussion. She gives leaders the freedom to not always have all the right answers and to come to Scripture with the same humility and hunger for learning that all group members are expected to have.
Speaking of humility and learning, Wilkin briefly covers how to use the study and sets up some basic ground rules, and brace yourself seminary friends, NO COMMENTARIES. That’s right, you heard me. Wilkin asks you to leave the commentaries at home until you get through comprehension and interpretation stages and have discussed it with the group (if you’re doing it together with other people). This can be really hard for those of us who are used to relying on books to guide our way, but it is oh so good for studying Scripture with fresh eyes and an open heart.
Wilkin focuses on comprehension and interpretation, with the questions in the study reflecting her method. Unlike many Bible studies, she doesn’t tell cute stories or give application points for you; rather she simply provides the method and asks good questions that lead you into the practice of studying God’s Word.
If you loved Women of the Word, this book is for you. If you’ve never read Jen Wilkin, but are wanting to learn how to study Scripture, this book is for you. If you just want a great study of 1 Peter, this book is for you. In other words, whatever motive brings you to looking for a great Bible study this year, go ahead pick up Jen Wilkin’s 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ. You won’t regret it!
Brittany is a wife, mother, and advocate for adoption. A graduate from Cedarville University, she received her MA in Intercultural Studies from SEBTS in 2011 and her MA in Teaching from NC State in 2012. She writes on faith and family over at www.thesassysalmon.com and when she’s not writing, she enjoys running, eating cheesefries, and spending time with family and friends.