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April 22, 2009 / brockbruce

What Bible Should I Use?


Last week at FUEL youth the topic of bibles came up. What Bible is best, or what bible should I use? So I thought I would encourage you to take a look at a few Bibles.

For Kids: The Hands On Bible is great. Check out what Group had to say,
“This easy-to-understand and relevant New Living Translation of God’s Word explodes with hands-on activities, fun facts, biographies, and more. Help kids apply the Bible to their lives through hundreds of fun experiences.
Science experiments, snacks, games, crafts, discussions, life application, and so much more. Get kids into God’s Word through active learning–the way kids learn best!”
It’s available at here, at amazon.com or you could let your Sunday School teacher know and we can order you one with our Sunday School materials.

For PreTeen Girls: the FaithGirlz! Bible. This NIV translation is designed to help girls understand that they are made beautiful and special in the image of God. Zondervan has this to say,
“Faithgirlz!™ is based on 2 Corinthians 4:18—So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (NIV)—and helps girls 10 & up find Inner Beauty, Outward Faith. Every girl is unique and special, and here’s a Bible that connects them more closely to God, themselves, and their friends—all with Faithgirlz! sparkle. Features include: Dream Girl—use your imagination to put yourself in the story; Bring It On—take quizzes to really get to know yourself; Is There a Little ____ (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—see for yourself what you have in common; Between You and Me—share what you are learning with a friend! Between God and Me—get brutally honest with God through guided journaling space.; Oh, I Get It!—find answers to Bible questions you’ve wondered about.”
You can get it at Lifeway or amazon.com.

For Teen Guys: Revolution. This Bible is for “every guy that wants to live a revolutionary life”. Zondervan says this,
“a Bible like none other you’ve ever read, for today’s teenage guy going toe-to-toe with a hard-hitting world. A world God knows all about. He’s the authority when it comes to understanding girls, sex, communication, drugs, divorce, relationships, success, parents, popularity, peer pressure and everything else guys face. He also knows what makes you tick, he loves you more than you can ever imagine, and he wants you to experience a life of purpose, power and impact.”
It’s available at Lifeway and amazon.com.

For Youth and Young Adults: Probably the most popular youth bible of all time is the NIV Student Bible. I had one, the pages are falling out and written on. It really helped me grow in my faith during my teen years. Zondervan says this,
Using material from Philip Yancey and Brenda Quinn’s book Meet the Bible, the NIV Student Bible takes you on a fascinating and enriching year-long tour of the entire Bible—its characters, places, times, stories, and meaning. New discoveries await you every day”. It’s available at Lifeway and pretty much everywhere Christian books are sold.
There is also the Quest Study Bible. It is a really neat idea for a Bible. Have you ever been reading a verse and wonder “What does that mean?”. Well, this Bible will tell you. And if it’s on an issue that differ between denominations it presents both sides fairly well. Zondervan says this,
“Answers to Your Puzzling Questions Revised in-text notes and articles answering nearly 7,000 of the most commonly asked questions about specific Bible passages.
Many people want to read the Bible but are hindered or even prohibited because they’re afraid they won’t understand what it means. The NIV Quest Study Bible, answers thousands of the most commonly asked questions—based on extensive research of Bible readers. The editors of Christianity Today International, along with over 100 respected Bible scholars and pastors, have developed this engaging and straightforward study Bible to guide readers in their search to understand the Scriptures.” It’s available at Lifeway, amazon.com and christianbook.com.

Adults and Anyone wanting to dig deeper into the Word of God: I offer two Bibles, not that these are the only two worth getting. But because they will help you understand the scripture from a Pentecostal and an Arminian point of view, which is the Church of God theological perspective. The first is the Life In The Spirit Bible. Zondervan says this,
“Discover the Biblical Foundations of Life in the Spirit. The Life in the Spirit Study Bible will help guide you into a Christ-centered, righteous and Spirit-led lifestyle. Previously titled the Full Life Study Bible, this new edition includes updated and expanded notes, a new word study feature, and a new interior to meet the needs of Spirit-filled Christians today. In a culture that requires believers to depend strongly on God and his Word, this Bible will help you cultivate a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the person of the Holy Spirit as the source of the Church’s power.” It’s available at many Christian stores as well as amazon.com and christianbooks.com.
The second is brand new Bible featuring work done by Dr. John Christopher Thomas of the Church of God Theological Seminary. The Wesley Study Bible will strengthen and encourage you as you glean from John Wesley’s notes on Scripture. Thomas says this about his work on the project “As a Wesleyan Pentecostal I was honored by the invitation to contribute to a work of such potential significance for those within the Wesleyan tradition. My hope is that my work with the biblical text might be of service to other students of Scripture.”
Abingdon Press says this, “Lead an abundant life, grow as a faithful disciple, and find new avenues to serve. By studying the Wesley Study Bible you will share God’s grace and find the good gifts God has for you. As God transforms you through study, you will be inspired to transform the world. Contributors from across the Wesleyan family join together to help you experience God in fresh ways.” This bible is available at amazon.com, christianbook.com, and here. I hope to get one soon.

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