Get to Know Scripture with Bible Study Magazine

BSM may juneFor over five years, Bible Study Magazine has been encouraging individual relationships with God by equipping personal Bible study. Every issue features articles and interviews with biblical scholars and pastors, like John PiperN. T. Wright, and Josh McDowell. You’ll also get Bible study tips and tools, ongoing devotionals, reading plans, and topical studies. To top it off, each issue gives you Hebrew and Greek word studies, info on historical and archaeological findings related to Scripture, wisdom from the Church Fathers, reviews of recently published books and commentaries, and infographics that show you the Bible’s world.

Simply put, Bible Study Magazine brings you closer to God’s Word.

Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine now and you’ll receive our May and June issue, which features the views of Kevin DeYoung (member of The Gospel Coalition and pastor at University Reformed Church) on the foundations of Bible study in our lives. DeYoung encourages us to guard our rest and daily time in God’s Word in the midst of our busy schedules, saying “Bible study isn’t just a vocational responsibility; it’s a necessity we have as Christians, and it’s what we need today in order to know God better.” He also discusses Scripture memorization and the process of learning to love Scripture.

You’ll also get details from the recent archaeological discovery of the first-century Magdala synagogue. Synagogues were the primary venue for Jesus’ ministry (John 18:20); the article discusses Jesus as a teacher, treating the historical purposes of such synagogues and providing both images of the Magdala synagogue and an immensely helpful infographic to simplify the learning.

Bible Study Magazine gives you all this and more. Subscribe now for only $19.95—33% off the cover price—and you’ll receive a full year of issues, including our detailed May–June issue!

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The Story of Passion Week (As Told by the FSB)

RisenIndeed The last week of Jesus’ ministry, often called Passion Week, was packed with action—powerful teaching, bold confrontation, intrigue, and prophecy both fulfilled and made anew. Explore it all with the free Faithlife Study Bible app.

Passion Week begins when Jesus rides into the Jerusalem on a donkey to the adulation and cries of, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The account is recorded in several different places in Scripture, but the most detailed is found in Matthew 21:1–11. The study notes accompanying that passage include an detailed and visually interesting infographic:

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In this one event, Jesus fulfilled a number of Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, something he did no less than 68 times in his life. This chart details each of them:

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Jesus found many opportunities to preach throughout Passion Week. The Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28–32), Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33–45), Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1–14), The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:34–40), and the Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1–36). And whenever Jesus taught, the religious leaders were close by to challenge him. One of their Passion Week challenges came in the form of a trick question about taxes, intended to trap Jesus. The Pharisees asked him if it was lawful to pay Roman taxes—a clever question because whether Jesus answered yes or no, the answer could be used against him. Jesus managed to answer without giving them the ammunition they anticipated. The Faithlife Study Bible notes explain: “Jesus both settles the matter and avoids incriminating Himself. The coin had Caesar’s image and title on it, and therefore by extension, belonged to Caesar—it was his currency. However, if Caesar got his due, God should likewise receive His due—the whole earth is His and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). What they were required to give God was of far greater worth than a coin—their entire lives. The currency of the kingdom of God is based on following Christ.” The Faithlife Study Bible also includes this great image so we can visualize the coin in question:

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After this, the religious leaders in Israel began making plans to kill Jesus. Scripture uses a unique word to describe their actions—dolos. It means deceitful, underhanded, or treacherous. The FSB’s study notes point it out and suggest that Matthew used it to contrast Jesus’ innocence and righteousness. I also see a link to A Greek–English Lexicon of the New Testament, since I have that book in my Logos library (don’t forget that books you get on Logos.com network automatically with your other resources to make them more powerful). The last night of Jesus’ ministry was spent with his disciples celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover. He instituted our New Testament observance of communion in the midst of the Passover celebration. Afterward, Jesus and his disciples walked from the city to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he would be arrested later that evening. We sent a video-production team to Israel to capture images and video of important locations like this. You can take a virtual stroll through the garden in the study notes on Matthew 26:36:

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Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples, led his enemies to the garden where they could arrest him in secret. Ten of the disciples fled, but Peter jumped to his defense, wounding a servant of the High Priest. Jesus intervened, reminding him that the armies of heaven stood ready to defend them all, but he chose not to call on them. The religious leaders of Israel bribed witnesses to accuse him in a secret trial held in the council chamber. The Faithlife Study Bible includes this image, helping you imagine the setting:

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They found him guilty, but lacked the authority to carry out the death sentence they sought, so they brought Jesus to appear before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Prefect in Jerusalem. For years, Scripture was the only record of Pilate. Many skeptics denied his existence until an inscription was uncovered by Robert Bull in 1982. With this archaeological discovery, the details of the biblical narrative were once again confirmed accurate:

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Though Pilate did not want to order Jesus’ execution at first, eventually he succumbed to the public pressure whipped up by the religious leaders. Jesus was crucified outside the city walls at a place called Golgotha, which means “place of the skull.” Protestant archaeologists in the nineteenth century identified this hill as the most likely spot because its location fits the biblical description and the rock formation does resemble a skull. The Faithlife Study Bible includes this image:

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If the story ended there, we probably would not know it today. But of course, Jesus did not stay dead. Three days after his execution, two women traveled to his tomb to pay their respects and felt an earthquake beneath them. When they arrived at the tomb, they found it empty. An angel told them not to fear, because Jesus had risen from the dead. The account is recorded in Matthew 28, and the Faithlife Study Bible puts it this way:

This chapter contains the most important event in human history: the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah from the dead. In fulfillment of his prediction, He conquers the grave and rises again to life.

So we celebrate, once a week on Sunday and once a year on Easter, the victory that Jesus won over death, hell, and the grave. He is risen. He is risen indeed.

To explore Passion Week and the rest of Scripture in a new way, download the free Faithlife Study Bible on your smartphone or tablet today.

Online Learning with Mobile Ed and Faithlife

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Logos Mobile Education is a new way to get a biblical education. The program’s world-class professors teach on a broad range of biblical, theological, and practical topics in helpful video lessons, all accompanied by enriched transcripts in Logos Bible Software—or even your Faithlife app. Each word connects you, with a click, to the rest of your Logos library for further learning. You can learn at your pace, on your schedule.

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Every Mobile Ed course allows you to interact with Faithlife in helpful and exciting ways. In each syllabus, you’ll find a link (right above the course outline) to a Faithlife group made specifically for that class. This integration of Faithlife and Logos Mobile Ed helps you get the most out of your studies and learn together.

Share documents

As you develop your notes on each course, assemble reading lists, and create reading plans and clippings of important material, you can upload them straight to the course’s Faithlife group in the “documents” section, sharing your insights and helping others follow along.
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Highlight required readings

In every Mobile Ed course’s Faithlife group, you’ll find a “Readings” document. Simply click the document and make a private copy—the required readings will have a start and end note, so you’ll know exactly which portions are important to supplement your course.
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Discuss important concepts

Connect around each course’s most important concepts and sections. Write and share Community Notes within each course’s Faithlife group, and view them right in your app or desktop software.

Faithlife and Logos Mobile Education make the perfect platform for family or small group study. Invite your friends and church groups to study important biblical topics together: you’ll learn with Mobile Ed, and you’ll collaborate and share encouragement, insight, and questions in the Faithlife group. Biblical learning in community has never been so easy, so accessible, or so affordable!

Learn more about Logos Mobile Education, and start furthering your education today.

Get 15% Off a Reformed Library

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Right now, you can take 15% off one of Logos Bible Software’s brand-new Reformed base packages. An entire library can be yours for less than a tenth the cost of buying the books in print.

Level up your library

For a lot of Christians, it’s easy to jump on board when a friend recommends the latest Francis Chan or Timothy Keller book. When a friend tells you to get a Logos base package, if you don’t know what makes a base package different, it can feel like they’re telling you to get a high-end sports car–and you already have a car that gets you around just fine. If you read regularly, chances are you already have a bookshelf and at least a small collection of theological works to supplement your Bible studies. But after you read those books for the first time, do you pick them up again, or do they just sit on the shelf?

Recently, Logos launched a line of brand-new Reformed base packages, and there has never been a better time to convert your library into a digital powerhouse. Logos libraries don’t collect dust on a shelf. They don’t fill up your tablet or mobile device with more things for you to scroll through. With Logos, your books go to work for you—and they don’t stop being useful after you read them. Logos combines the collective wisdom of every book you own, making them instantly searchable, so you can get answers when you need them, study deeper when you want to, and get more out of your books. And with a base package, you get hundreds of interconnected resources.

Do more with your books

When you stumble across a powerful quote about the crucifixion, not only can you instantly share that quote with your Bible study through Faithlife groups, but you can also take that moment of awe and inspiration to instantly search across hundreds of books and find what some of Christianity’s greatest theologians, scholars, preachers, and authors have said about the historical and cultural context, the significance of Jesus’ suffering, or the parallels between the crucifixion and prophetic passages, like the suffering servant in Isaiah 53:4–12.

With a Reformed base package, the parallels become more clear, the context becomes more prominent, and profound insights become more accessible than ever. Leading Bible scholars all over the world use Logos for their personal Bible study. It saves them time and helps them go deeper into Scripture. And it can do the same for you. Timothy Keller says, “I have found Logos to be the most intuitive and complete Bible software out there.”

Take your Bible study further with a Reformed base package. With works by Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Tyndale, and John Knox at your fingertips, you can do so much more with your time. And right now, when you get a Reformed base package, you can take 15% off. This special offer ends Friday, May 16, so get yours today!

Keep Your Group in the Loop with Faithlife Newsletters

One of the gems of Faithlife groups is a little-known feature, quietly waiting to show administrators an even better way to keep everyone on the same page—Faithlife newsletters.

Set the tone of your group

Neatly nestled in the corner of your group’s tabs, “Newsletters” is a nifty feature accessed through the drop-down menu.

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Newsletters open the door to a whole new class of communication. The tool’s intuitive design helps you put as much or as little detail into your message as you want. The basics display automatically–your headline, content section, and more. Click on the “+” symbol to open up a wealth of options to enhance your newsletter.

You can:

  • Highlight important conversations from your group’s news feed
  • Display meaningful Community Notes
  • Share prayer requests
  • Point out upcoming events
  • Send the newsletter to other affiliated groups
  • Show today’s Verse of the Day

Bring clarity to your members

Depending on the size of your group, a week, a month, or even a day can have more news, notes, and prayer requests than some of your group members can handle. In the information age, it’s all too easy to get buried with too many things to keep track of. Newsletters help you speak into the fog and showcase the things you need your group to know.

Get the word out

One of the hardest parts of communicating to large groups of people is figuring out the best method to make sure everyone sees it. Do you post it to your group? Do you send an email? When you send a newsletter, it’s visible to everyone in your Faithlife group, and it also emails the same message directly to everyone in the group, so you don’t have to create your message twice. So next time you’re trying to decide on the best way to get your message out, just remember–it’s both!

If you’re a group administrator, you have the power to provide your group with elegant, concise newsletters that are both engaging and informative. Or, if you don’t have the time yourself, find a responsible person in your group with more room in their schedule, and give them administrative privileges so they can share the load.

Once you start a newsletter, Faithlife saves it automatically. The draft can only be seen by administrators, so you’re free to take your time and send it when you’re ready to make an impression. Go to your group’s “Newsletters” tab and try it for yourself!

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The Faithlife Study Bible links Scripture passages that address the same topic, so you can make connections with just a click. Download the Faithlife Study Bible for free from your favorite app store, and take your Bible study to the next level.

10 Powerful Quotes about Faith

We’ve compiled 10 quotes on faith to give you a quick source of inspiration. Pick your favorites, then share them with your friends and loved ones for a dose of encouragement.

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“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” —Elisabeth Elliot

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“Worrying is arrogant because God knows what He’s doing.” —Barbara Cameron

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“He said, ‘Love . . . as I have loved you.’ We cannot love too much.” —Amy Carmichael

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“We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.” —Francis Chan  

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“Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.” —A.W. Tozer

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“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

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“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” —A.W. Tozer

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“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” —A.W. Tozer

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“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realising you were the prisoner!” —Max Lucado

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“God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.” —Francis Chan