Wednesday, April 13, 2016

(Review) 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin

Publication Date: January 1, 2016.
Publisher: Lifeway Press
Genre: Nonfiction, Bible study on 1 Peter
Pages: 160
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing/Lifeway Press
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Link for Bible study @ Lifeway Press: 1 Peter.
Link for study kit: 1 Peter. 
Link for video: 1 Peter. 

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Produced by The Gospel Coalition. Jen Wilkin is a contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition Women's Initiatives.

Articles about The Gospel Coalition Women's Initiatives:
Update from January 2015
Why Women's Ministry?

Promo video for 1 Peter:


A teaching from 1 Peter:


1 Peter: A Living Hope is a nine week Bible study.
Sessions on DVD are available to use.
The study is adapted for group use.
The book has large print for easy reading.
Included in the Bible study book are "group discussions" located at the end of each week.
The first week is considered an introduction, and has five questions to learn further about Peter and the book he wrote.
The foreword section of the book has four brief articles: "How Should We Approach God's Word?", "How To Use This Study?", "How To Use The Leader's Guide", and "About The Gospel Coalition".
Scripture references are from the ESV-English Standard Version (2001, Crossway). A few verses are from the NIV-New International Version (2011, Biblica, Inc.).
Weeks two through nine includes five days of questions to work on. For example, on week two, five days worth of questions are apart of this one week.
There is a final "wrap-up" (brief questions) for each week.
At the end of the Bible study is the entire book of 1 Peter. This is for marking and taking notes (as some people do not want to mark in their Bibles).

Title chapters:
"Week 1: 1 Peter Introduction
Week 2: A Living Hope
Week 3: The Believer's Identity
Week 4: Living Stones
Week 5: Submission-Part 1
Week 6: Submission-Part 2
Week 7: Submission-Part 3
Week 8: Self-Controlled And Sober-Minded
Week 9: Clothed In Humility"

What first attracted me to Jen Wilkin's teaching is her focus on studying the Bible correctly. Her emphasis is on a disciplined method of studying God's Word. Context is important, as well as making Bible study a lifetime labor of love.

Week 8 is on being "self-controlled and sober-minded". This is taken from 1 Peter 4:7. 
"The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers." 
Peter reminds again in 1 Peter 5:8 to be "sober-minded".
Sample questions from this week are "Have you ever suffered in a way that caused you to cease from sin? What did you endure and how did it change you?" "What does our surprise at fiery trials reveal about our expectations?" "Rewrite 4:12-19 in your own words."

I wish I had access to the videos, but I have the Bible study only.
The Bible study is in-depth; and with questions that encouraged me to dig deep into Scripture and forced me to be transparent in my Christian life.

Scripture links courtesy of Bible Gateway.

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