John Micah Sumrall Talks about the Faithlife Study Bible

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John Micah Sumrall is the lead singer from Kutlass. After years of working with youth, John noticed something. Young people aren’t getting into the Word.

For people who struggle to get into the Word, John has a suggestion:

The Faithlife Study Bible is packed with notes, infographics, and articles by prominent Bible scholars. With three layers of study notes, you can skim the surface, or dive as deep as you want into the Word of God. Like John says, it’s the handbook to your life. And with the FSB, that handbook goes wherever you do.

God’s Word is a gift, and that’s why this study Bible—which cost over $2 million to make—is free.

Get your free copy of the FSB today.

A Brief History of the ESV

ESV-logoThe English Standard Version Bible (ESV) is the revised and edited version of the Revised Standard Version, which many consider to be the twentieth century’s best translation. Led by Dr. Lane T. Dennis in the early 1990s, hundreds of people assisted in translating the ESV, with oversight from the National Council of Churches.

The ESV combines the specific wording of the original text with current English grammar, syntax, and idiom, allowing you to more easily relate to the text while maintaining the fullest accuracy. Using a word-for-word translation approach instead of a thought-for-thought method, the ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that captures both the precise wording of the text and the personal style of each Bible writer (ESVBible.org).

The ESV retains several classic theological terms—including “sanctification,” “justification,” “redemption,” “regeneration,” “propitiation,” and “reconciliation”—that, due to their importance in Christian doctrine, cannot be eliminated without loss of meaning. The version includes section headings, called pericopes, which guide you toward important themes.

The ESV translators worked with a high degree of scholarly integrity, which resulted in as close to perfect work as anyone could expect.

We know that no Bible translation is perfect or final; but we also know that God uses imperfect and inadequate things to his honor and praise. So to our triune God and to his people we offer what we have done, with our prayers that it may prove useful, with gratitude for much help given, and with ongoing wonder that our God should ever have entrusted to us so momentous a task.
—ESVBible.org

A number of today’s leading Christian authors and pastors recognize the excellence and clarity of the English Standard Version.

Join some of the most prominent Christian leaders in enriching your understanding of God’s Word: download the Faithlife Study Bible and receive a free copy of the ESV. Get it now!

A Media-Rich Study Bible

You already know about the Faithlife Study Bible’s expanding scholarship. We recently announced 58 new articles (more than 150,000 words) in the Lexham Bible Dictionary, which you can access through the Faithlife app—but did you know that the Faithlife Study Bible also includes a huge collection of media resources?

Infographics, maps, photos, and video from the Holy Land help you to visualize biblical settings and understand complex ideas. As you flip through your FSB in the popular two-pane layout, keep your eye out for small thumbnails like the one below—they indicate that there’s an infographic associated with the passage you’re reading.

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 When you see them, don’t hesitate to tap. You’re sure to learn something new.
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Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Randy Alcorn The Faithlife Study Bible is filled with rich content from Christian leaders who help us navigate Scripture and answer questions about life and the Bible.

In times of hardship, distress, and tragedy, people turn to the Bible to find answers and comfort. A common question that arises during such times is “Where is God?” Or “Why did God allow that to happen?”

Randy Alcorn—New York Times bestselling author, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, and former pastor—helps us tackle these questions in his article “Suffering and Sovereignty.” Alcorn takes us to Romans 8:28 to point to the sovereignty of God and his purposes:

“. . . for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

In his article, Alcorn discusses the story of Joseph. While Joseph’s brothers exercised their will to do harm to Joseph, God exercised his will to bring about good for Joseph, his family, and all of Egypt. God facilitated a good outcome out of Joseph’s brothers’ evil actions.

Read “Suffering and Sovereignty” to learn more about how God works all things together for good. Just get the Faithlife Study Bible free at FaithlifeBible.com/Giveaway.

Know anyone who would benefit from the FSB and articles like “Suffering and Sovereignty”? Share the Faithlife Study Bible with them so they can get it free!

Faithlife Study Bible Contributors: Dr. Timothy Keller

Tim KellerThe Faithlife Study Bible gives you a wealth of study tools and information: in addition to rich media, smart searches, and three layers of study notes, you’ll get the outstanding articles from leading pastors, theologians, scholars and teachers.

The Faithlife Study Bible features dozens of articles from celebrated Christians, like Dr. Timothy Keller, New York Times bestselling author and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Dr. Keller contributes his in-depth “Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency,” which explains the relationship of the New Testament to the Old Testament Law. You’ll get instant access to this article when you download the free FSB.*

“Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency” takes a look at common objections to Christianity based on perceived inconsistencies in the Old Testament Law. Have you ever heard objections to Christianity that stem from OT commands that are no longer practiced today?

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  • Avoiding raw meat, pork, or shellfish
  • Executing people for breaking the Sabbath
  • Not wearing clothes woven with two kinds of materials

Read Dr. Keller’s “Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency” by getting the Faithlife Study Bible free at FaithlifeBible.com/Giveaway. After you’ve downloaded the app, share the giveaway page with all your friends!

*After you download the Faithlife Study Bible app, you can find Dr. Keller’s article in the news feed message “Content Update in the Faithlife Study Bible”.

Dig Deep into Your Favorite Translation with the FSB’s Study Notes!

The Faithlife Study Bible gives you so many options for better Bible study: three layers of study notes, a built-in Bible dictionary, 400 photos, videos, and infographics, Community Notes, group reading plans, and so much more. And now we’re giving away 2.5 million copies of the FSB—free for life!—so you and all of your friends can enjoy it.

Use the FSB’s notes with your favorite translation

The Holy BibleWe want to make Bible study as convenient as possible. To that end, we’ve made seven Bible translations available; you can integrate them right into your Faithlife Study Bible. We’ve even discounted a handful of the more popular translations:

To save on these translations, you’ll need to enter the coupon code Bibles at checkout. (If you click any of the links above, though, the coupon code drops into your cart automatically.) With many more translations to choose from, you’ll find the perfect Bible for your study needs.

Once you have your favorite Bible, setting it up as your default is easy!

1. Open your Faithlife Study Bible app and select the settings gear in the top right of your app. (Tapping your name on the title bar will work, too.)

Go to settings

2. Select Settings in the dropdown menu, and then hit Preferred Bible on the next page.

Go to preferred Bible

3. Tap your preferred Bible to make it your default.

Select your BIble

 

Browse the Bibles, pick your favorite, and start using it with your Faithlife Study Bible notes today!

*Note: although you purchase these Bibles through Logos.com, you’ll use your Faithlife credentials to check out, and each Bible still integrates seamlessly into your Faithlife Study Bible.