High Demand for New WBS Study Edition Bible

by Kevin Rhodes

High Demand for New WBS Study Edition Bible

Written on April 3, 2017

“We’re so impressed with the new WBS Bible!”

That’s the kind of repeated response we’re getting since we recently released the all-new WBS Study Edition Bible (English Standard Version). The Bible is the culmination of two years of planning and content creation that supplements the 2016 text edition of the English Standard Version (ESV) published by Crossway.

The WBS Study Edition Bible serves multiple functions. First, it is an attractive, durable, inexpensive Bible available for purchase as pew Bibles and gifts for seekers, youth, new Christians, family, friends and personal use. Second, it is a Bible that some 8,000 everyday Christians who are WBS Study Helpers can provide as gifts for proven WBS students. Third, it is part of WBS’ Free Bible Incentive Program wherein a donor’s gift of merely $5 connects a WBS student with a WBS Study Helper and provides the Bible for no cost to the student. Finally, the Bible includes Study Helps that encourage readers to continue personal study, including with WBS’ Bible lessons.

According to WBS’ President, John Reese, “This Bible evidently fills an important need among churches of Christ. Christians can be confident that the Helps in the Study Edition faithfully represent the principles and practices of New Testament Christianity—including biblical faith, baptism and unity. The ESV is also an excellent literal translation in modern English.”

John noted that sales of the Bible are approaching 13,000 after only two full months. “And we are fulfilling a special order of 20,000 by an international evangelistic ministry. Not only have we accelerated our print schedule [from 2018], we have tripled our original quantity.”

The WBS Study Edition Bible provides a whole lot for little cost. A Bible sells for only $5 each (plus shipping) and for as low as $3.50 for volume orders. To purchase a Bible, go to www.worldbibleschool.net/bible. To learn more about the Free Bible Incentive Program for your WBS students, go to www.worldbibleschool.net/incentive.

 

 

Announcing Spoken

by Jonathan Towell

Announcing Spoken

Written on June 21, 2017

In late April, we quietly launched our first iPhone app. “Spoken” allows people to learn English by reading Bible and receiving free coaching from a native English speaker. Students record their scripture readings and Christian coaches record responses.

Experience from partner ministries like WEI and Let’s Start Talking has, for many years, shown that there is incredible global demand for English. This demand is fertile soil for finding seekers.

When a person signs up for World Bible School, it is usually because they already had some interest in the Bible. This is not always true when a person signs up to learn English. Instead, they are exposed to God’s word, sometimes for the first time. Of course, we know the power of the word of God:

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

The approach for Spoken is simple. Adopt a student. Listen to scripture readings (on your own time). Record a response that gives encouragement, pronunciation advice, and a thought about the scripture. Invite your student to study the WBS material with you. And when your student decides to put on Christ, let us know and we’ll help with follow up.

Each response takes 30-60 seconds. This tool is very simple to use.

Shortly after launch, we began global advertising to people searching for things like “English coaching” or “English pronunciation help.” Some of the top responding countries are Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Myanmar, Egypt, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Nepal, and Algeria. Do you note a pattern? This is an excellent opportunity to connect with and teach Muslim and Hindu seekers.

Today, we have hundreds of students ready for a coach. Will you help us and adopt a student?

How to sign up as a coach?

If you are already signed up as an online WBS study helper, you can sign up to coach by emailing us at help@spokenapp.org.

Note: To be a Spoken coach, you must speak English as a first language and have an iPhone.

Why Don’t We All Understand the Bible Alike?

How can everyone read the same Bible and come to different conclusions about what it means? If we’re all reading the same book, why don’t we all believe and practice the same things? Here are some thoughts about why we don’t all understand the Bible alike.

 

 

Not the Reason

First of all, you need to give people the benefit of the doubt. Don’t assume they are lazy, ignorant, or rebellious. There are honest, sincere, God-fearing people from every religious tradition. That doesn’t mean, of course, that everyone is equally right or no one is wrong. It just means, typically the problem is NOT people’s motives or work ethic.

Statements like this, “Well, if people would just read their Bibles, they would see it clearly says…” are rarely helpful. After all, the people who disagree with you are probably thinking the same thing. They are thinking you just need to start reading your Bible and you would see they are clearly right.

An Illustration

Imagine there are seven children in a family. Each of the children is a different age and has different things going on in his or her life: one is hungry, one has baseball practice that evening, one is having trouble with a boyfriend, and one just failed his history test.

All seven of the children walk into the kitchen to discover their father is on the phone with their mother, who is out of town for the week. Without interrupting the phone conversation, they decide they will try to glean the information they need by listening to everything their father says to their mother.

They listen as their father asks and answers several questions and they try to piece together an idea of what kind of mood their father is in, what they are going to have for supper, and what the plans are for that evening. It’s easy to see how some of the children will inevitably walk away with differing impressions and understandings.

One reason the children will not understand the conversation alike is that none of them can hear both sides of the conversation. They can only hear what their father is saying, but not their mother’s end of the conversation. Another reason is, they are each asking different questions. They are listening from their unique perspective and trying to understand something about which the other children do not care.

Understanding the Bible Alike

Reading the New Testament is like listening to one side of a telephone conversation. The apostle or evangelist who wrote each book was having a conversation with the original audience, answering their particular questions and addressing their particular problems. This is true for the Gospel accounts, the book of Acts, the epistles, and the book of Revelation. It is even true of the Old Testament.

One reason we struggle to understand the Bible alike is that we are coming to the Bible asking the wrong questions. We are trying to force the Bible to answer our questions, rather than asking, “What issues is the Bible actually addressing and how is it addressing those issues?” The only way to come to similar understandings of the Bible is to start with the same question.

Primary Issues

The primary issues of the Bible are the issues the Bible specifically addresses. These must be our primary concern. Paul wrote:

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

The Bible specifically addresses questions about who Jesus is, what His death means, what His resurrection means, and how to become a redeemed citizen of His kingdom.

The things Scripture specifically addresses must be our primary concern. We must strive to understand what the biblical authors were saying to their original audience. Only then will we be able to understand how that message applies to us today.

Secondary Issues

Listening to one side of a phone conversation, the seven children can understand, “Dad told mom he would pick her up at the airport tomorrow evening at 3:00.” The issue of picking mom up at the airport was directly addressed in the conversation, therefore it is a primary issue.

However, the issue of Sarah’s recital that is supposed to take place on the same evening at 4:30 was not directly addressed. How can the children know whether or not their parents will make it to the recital? Though that issue wasn’t specifically addressed, it may be possible to piece together an answer to that question, based on other things that were said.

There are many issues the Bible does not address directly, but we can piece together a proper understanding by taking the whole of Scripture into consideration. We must be very careful with this of course, because it is possible to allow our own bias to cloud our judgement.

Many of these secondary issues revolve around things the biblical authors and audiences took for granted. They didn’t address some issues, because the answers would have been obvious to them based on everything they knew about God and His will.

Non-Issues

There are other issues and questions we might call, “non-issues.” These are things Scripture simply doesn’t address either directly or indirectly. Like the children listening to their parents’ conversation, one of them might ask, “What did they say about eating candy?” The honest answer might be, “They didn’t say anything about it.”

How should we approach these non-issues in Scripture? How do we handle issues like whether or not a Christian can – or should – vote in an election, when voting is something never addressed directly or indirectly in Scripture?

We handle these issues with sobriety, humility, reverence for God, grace for our Christian brothers and sisters, love, and a desire to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (see Romans 14 and Ephesians 4).

Bottom Line

We need to start with the question, “What issues is the Bible actually addressing and how is it addressing those issues?” We need to be willing to accept the full implications of what we discover. And we need to be willing to say, when appropriate, “The Bible doesn’t address that issue.”

We will always have differences of opinions, but it is possible to be on the same page about matters of first importance, have a solid understanding of secondary issues, and not let “non-issues” come between us.

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams  April 19, 2017

http://www.radicallychristian.com/why-dont-we-all-understand-the-bible-alike

 

Alleged Contradictions Pertaining to Salvation

Is the Bible vague concerning how a person can go to heaven? Skeptics of the Bible claim that the Bible writers contradicted each other concerning salvation. Can a person know exactly what to do in order to be pleasing and obedient to God? Join Eric Lyons as he answers these questions, and proves the consistency and reliability of the Bible concerning salvation.

 

 

Length: 33:31

Alleged Problems Surrounding Jesus’ Resurrection

The resurrection of Christ is essential to every Christian. However, skeptics are constantly criticizing the biblical account of the resurrection. Christians should be able to give solid evidence of this fundamental Bible account. In this lesson, Eric Lyons gives firm and concrete verification of the reliability of the biblical account of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

 

 

Length: 32:02

Alleged Chronological Contradictions

Many Bible skeptics claim that the Bible is not reliable because of alleged contradictions in the chronology of events. Did some of the Bible writers make mistakes in their recorded occurrences? In this lesson, Eric Lyons looks at some of the alleged chronological discrepancies and shows that the Word of God is reliable and the Bible writers were accurate in their accounts.

 

 

Length: 30:03

The Reliability of Jesus

Bible skeptics have tried to discount the reliability of the Gospel’s account of Jesus and have tried to undermine His teachings. Some have even claimed that Jesus was a thief and a liar. Are these claims true? In this lesson, Eric Lyons will discuss the reliability of Jesus according to the Bible.

 

 

Length: 31:42

The Reliability of the Creation Account

One of the most criticized parts of Scripture is the Genesis account of creation. Can it be shown that God created the Universe in six days? Or, is the creation account just a made up story? Join Eric Lyons as he delves into the Scriptures to show the accuracy and reliability of the creation account.

 

 

Length: 32:39