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.

Make Your Salvation Sure – Therman Hodge

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How sad it is that so many baptized believers never feel secure in their salvation. Some Christians go through life never really knowing whether they will go to hell or heaven. However, one needs to make his or her “calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:11).

The word “calling” is from the Greek word klesis, which means “a call, calling, invitation.” The Greek word for “election” is ekloge, which means “election, choice, the act of picking out, choosing.” “Calling and election” is God’s call and choice of you (Matthew 22:14; 1 Corinthians 1:9; James 2:5; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:14). The Christian can make sure of his salvation by diligent work.

Christians have the assurance of the faith. “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV). This “assurance” is “forever” (Isaiah 32:17). “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end” (Hebrews 6:11). Christian hearts are assured before Jesus Christ (1 John 3:19). “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

How can we know that we have assurance of salvation? Peter wrote, “If you will do these things you will never fall” (2 Peter 1:10). If you do these things? What things? If we incorporate the Christian graces into our lives, we will never fall (2 Peter 1:5-7). We must possess those qualities and be growing in them (2 Peter 1:8).

A glorious entrance awaits the faithful child of God. What is the end of a life of growing in these Christian graces? The Christian will be richly supplied with an entrance into the eternal kingdom (Romans 6:22; 2 Timothy 2:10-12; 1 Peter 1:3-9). Heaven is the reward of a life given to growing in the Christian graces.

When this life is over and each of us stands in the presence of the blessed Lord, will we hear the thrilling words, “Well done good and faithful servant… enter into the joys of your Lord… Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:21, 34)? Will we be clothed in the beauty of Christ Himself to live throughout eternity in perfect happiness and joy?

 

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