Jeremy asked me recently what study Bible I would recommend. I have used the NIV Study Bible for many years, as well as Thompson’s Chain Reference Bible (NIV). However, I have been doing most of my study, research, and teaching out of the English Standard Version for the past few years.
After doing a few minutes of online research with Jeremy hovering over my shoulder, I discovered with enthusiasm that the ESV Study Bible will be in print this October! Just a glance at its contributors and format caused me to immediately add it to my Amazon wishlist. (I hope to get the Trutone Natural Brown – it wasn’t on Amazon’s site yet.) If you’re in the market for a great study Bible, you can’t go wrong with this one, folks.
In addition, Youversion announced today that it’s made an iPhone app available for free through the Apple App Store! I went immediately and downloaded it.
I am looking forward to have these two new tools at my disposal and hope that they (or others like them) will lead you deeper into God’s Word. The preeminence and availability of God’s Word does not transform our lives, however. Input, meditation, and obedience will.
Merely hearing God’s law is a waste of your time if you don’t do what he commands. Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God. (Romans 2.13, The Message)