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What Does Scripture Actually Accomplish?

We know we’re supposed to read our Bibles. We hold the deep conviction that this is God’s special revelation to us. But let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard to nail down what reading God’s Word is actually supposed to accomplish.

Fortunately, the Bible isn’t silent on matters of its own effectiveness.

In The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible, Pastor Mike Bullmore has compiled a “representative sample” of what the Bible, itself, claims to do:

  1. It initiates faith: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”
    (Rom. 10:17).
  2. It gives new spiritual life: “You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23).
  3. It helps us grow spiritually: “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation”
    (1 Pet. 2:2).
  4. It sanctifies: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).
  5. It searches the heart and convicts: “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” (Heb. 4:12).
  6. It liberates: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).
  7. It refreshes and renews: “Give me life according to your word!” (Ps. 119:25).
  8. It revives and enlightens: “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7; see also Ps. 19:8–11).

A Few Questions:

  1. Has the knowledge of these claims made it down to your heart yet?
  2. If you know these claims to be true, are you truly expecting them from Scripture?
  3. How could this change your approach reading the Bible?

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ESV Study Bible + App Hits Version 1.4 for iOS

Nearly a year since it’s debut, the official Crossway ESV Study Bible + app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch has been updated to version 1.4. We’ve added the option of seeing the words of Christ in red, along with better navigation. On your iPhone or iPad, swipe easily between the ESV text, the Study Bible notes, and your own notes. Also, there is an improved “tap to return” feature when exploring cross references, notes, highlights, and articles and resources. Finally, we now have a feedback page accessible directly inside the app to help field your questions, feature requests, and identify bugs. Two feature requests in the pipeline are Cloud Sync and Daily Bible Reading Plans, both scheduled for release by year’s end.

Take a look at some of the new features…

To Turn on red letters, go to “More” and slide the switch to “On”

John 8:12 with Red Letters on

As mentioned above, we’ve added features for faster navigation. You can now swipe your finger side to side to quickly switch between study bible notes, the Bible text, and your notes. In addition, when you tap and view a linked passage within study resources you will be given the option to “Tap to return…” to whatever resource you were previously reading.

Lastly, as you use the app and think of questions or suggestions, go to “More” and click on “Feedback” to let us know.

Mobile support preview

What is your favorite feature of the ESV Study Bible+ app? We’d like to know!

Don’t have the app yet?  ESV Study Bible + is available for purchase in the itunes app store.

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July 8, 2011 | Posted in: Digital,Editions,ESV,Study Bibles,The Bible | Author: Ted Cockle @ 12:06 pm | (59) Comments »