Right now at Westminster Bookstore all ESV Bibles are 50% off! Here are a couple of Bibles that may be of interest (note especially the ESV Psalms and the ESV Pocket NT, which just came out):
The apostle Paul summed up his whole ministry as existing “to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). That single-minded goal is the heartbeat of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible. Produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace culminating in Jesus, it is a significant new tool to help readers see Christ in all the Bible, and grace for all of life.
The Gospel Transformation Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel-illuminating notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. The notes not only explain but also apply the text in a grace-centered way. Focusing on heart transformation rather than mere behavior modification, their points of application emphasize the Hows and Whys of practical application to daily living—in short, how the gospel transforms us from the inside out.
Every print edition comes with free access to the Online Gospel Transformation Bible, hosted at ESVBible.org.
The Gospel Transformation Bible will equip both new and seasoned believers with a gospel-centered reading of Scripture, enabling God’s people to see that the message of the Bible is a unified one—“to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
“The scope and theological faithfulness of the ESV Study Bible study notes is breathtaking. Oh how precious is the written Word of God.” – John Piper
The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way—to understand the timeless truth of God’s Word as a powerful, compelling, life-changing reality. To accomplish this, the ESV Study Bible combines the best and most recent evangelical Christian scholarship with the highly regarded ESV Bible text. The result is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published—with more than 2,750 pages of extensive, accessible Bible resources.
With completely new notes, maps, illustrations, charts, timelines, and articles, the ESV Study Bible was created by an outstanding team of 93 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers. In addition to the 757,000 words of the ESV Bible itself, the notes and resources of the ESV Study Bible comprise an additional 1.1 million words of insightful explanation and teaching.
The Psalms is a beautiful presentation of this beloved section of Scripture. Featuring the ESV text, each psalm is presented in large, readable type on high quality paper. The layout gives ample space for the text and adds to the aesthetic value of the biblical poetry. This is a wonderful edition for devotions, for liturgical use, and as a gift.
The ESV Pocket New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs is a highly portable edition ideal for a number of uses. It features a new typesetting that utilizes line-matching, making the Bible text substantially easier to read. The Pocket New Testament is available in a variety of covers, including gift editions to commemorate special occasions like baptisms, weddings, and births.
In the new issue of Credo Magazine, “How Then Shall We Pray? The Necessity of Prayer for the Christian Life,” Juan R. Sanchez Jr. contributed a feature article called, “The Privilege of Prayer.” Juan R. Sanchez, Jr. is Senior Pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas. He is also a council member for The Gospel Coalition.
Let’s face it, prayer is not easy. In fact, if we are honest, sometimes it feels obligatory; oftentimes we’re distracted; and in some cases it may even seem boring. If you were raised in a Christian home and attended church regularly you’ve likely heard lots of people pray. Hopefully they modeled prayer well, but then again, perhaps not. It’s likely you heard lofty prayers and assumed you would never be able to pray like that, so you struggle even to pray. Consequently, you will never pray publicly because you just can’t – at least not like those “great prayer warriors” at church. Or maybe you’ve been in situations where prayer is trivialized, where people seem to be praying for the silliest of things. It may even be the case that you grew up in a prayerless home or church, so prayer has never been modeled for you.
If you are a new Christian you enter into a Christian subculture where people have their own language and traditions, and you have likely wondered, “Why do people talk to God like that?” Never mind the fact that if you came to faith in Christ from another religious tradition, you have to work through some of your own problematic prayer practices.
Then there is the reality of life. As Christians, when our circumstances overwhelm us, we intuitively cry out to God for help. But if we’ve been prayerless, we feel guilty because it seems we only go to God when we need something or when our world is falling apart. As I said, prayer is not easy, is it?
Problematic Prayer: Hypocrisy and Paganism
Jesus acknowledges the difficulty of prayer and warns against two wrong approaches. To those who love to pray publicly in order to impress others, Jesus warns that the only reward you will receive is the praises of men, for hypocrites “will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 6:1, 5-6). To those who simply heap up countless words and phrases over and over again, thinking that the more words they offer the more obligated God is to hear and answer, Jesus warns, “do not be like [the pagans], for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt. 6:7-8). How then are we to pray?
Read the rest of this article today in the new issue of Credo Magazine!
We live in a world that screams to get our attention. From the moment you wake up to the second you hit your pillow at night, something or someone wants your time. Hosts of people are waiting for you to friend them on Facebook. The world awaits your next tweet and blog post. Your phone is buzzing because you have another email that needs your response. When you go home and turn on your TV there are innumerable “must see” shows, as well as breaking news you cannot afford to miss. Let’s face it, the world we live in is quite loud, and it never sleeps.
In the midst of all this noise, where does extended time in prayer fit in? Or does it? Prayer seems to run contrary to the busyness of life in the twenty-first century. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself this question, “When was the last time I spent more than 15 minutes in uninterrupted prayer with the Lord?” Church history shows that for Christians who came before us, private and corporate prayer was essential, assumed to be a necessary staple for the Christian and the church. After all, it is the God-given means by which we have fellowship and communion with God himself. Should we neglect prayer we actually neglect God, and the consequences are spiritually fatal. But should we set aside time to pray to God, we will benefit greatly, finding God to be a refuge and a shield in the midst of a chaotic, consuming, and demanding world.
In this issue of Credo Magazine we will focus on prayer, looking at how Christians in ages past have understood the importance of prayer, as well as Scripture’s own emphasis on the necessity of prayer. Not only will we recognize the importance of prayer, but in this issue we will look at how we pray as well. My guess is that most Christians have never even thought about how they should pray. Well here is a great opportunity to do so!
Contributors include: Gerald Bray, Aimee Byrd, Juan R. Sanchez, Peter Beck, Sandy Willson, Tim Keller, Sam Storms, Phil Johnson, Donald Whitney, Nancy Guthrie, among many others.
Here are several helpful lectures from the (young!) R.C. Sproul on the Names of God: Yahweh, Adonai, Elohim, El Shaddai.