The book of 1 Peter calls Christians “a royal people” and “a holy nation.” But it also calls us “exiles and strangers.” Many Christians in the West increasingly feel like exiles as a culture that once comfortably accepted us starts to marginalize us. We aren’t the first believers to feel this way, and we can turn to the book of 1 Peter for hope and godly wisdom about how to live as strangers in the world and citizens of heaven.
Jen Wilkin is the author of a new Bible study curriculum from LifeWay and The Gospel Coalition called “1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ.” Wilkin describes herself as an “advocate for women to love God with their minds through the faithful study of his Word.” She is the author of Women of the Word, writes regularly for The Gospel Coalition, and will teach from 1 Peter 1–2 on “Living Resurrection Life” at The Gospel Coalition 2016 Women’s Conference, June 16 to 18 in Indianapolis.
She and her husband, Jeff, live in Flower Mound, Texas, and call The Village Church home. They have four children, two of whom are now in college. Jen Wilkin joined me on The Gospel Coalition podcast to talk about how to be faithful exiles. Special thanks to Betsy Childs Howard for her help in preparing the interview.