New: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the NT – Rare 7-Day Sale

Baker Exegetical Commentary, New Testament, BECNT, WORDsearch, booksOne of our most frequently requested works is the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (also known as the BECNT). It’s one of the most recent, scholarly, and conservative commentaries available. Today, I’m happy to announce this wonderful work is now available for your WORDsearch digital library. The kind of scholarship this 16 volume set delivers is expensive to produce, and those who purchase it in print form can expect to pay $785 plus shipping. But, for the next 7 days only, I’ve arranged an agreement with Baker Publishing, one of the most respected academic Christian publishers, to make it available in your QuickVerse library for only $499.95. We’re even offering an interest-free, easy payment plan. Just pay $50 now, take the whole set today, and pay the balance off in 9 more installments of $50. Click here for more details or to add the BECNT to your digital library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8296.

6 Reasons You’ll Love the Baker Exegetical Commentary

1. It’s Exegetical, carefully taking you verse-by-verse and passage-by-passage from Matthew through Revelation. The scholarly authors of this set don’t miss a thing. They apply the most up-to-date application of scholarship to every text. They dig deeply into areas of disagreement among theologians, giving the strengths and weakness of each side. The authors admit their own limitations, yet uphold a high standard towards biblical accuracy.

2. Language Issues are a critical concern. Whether you are a scholar or a layman, you will appreciate the brilliant way the BECNT handles explaining the nuances of the ancient languages. The Baker authors will take you deep into the Greek. If you read Greek (and many times the Hebrew, too), you’ll find they often cite the text in the original language. If you need a little help, you’ll find the transliteration, showing how it’s pronounced. Even if you have no Greek knowledge, the authors provide the closest possible translation and before long, many of these Greek words will become familiar to you.

3. Background material that’s like spending the day with a world-class historian. In each book, before you ever get to the commentary section, you’ll find a “book within a book” that offers rich background information including sections like: Overviews, Distinctive Aspects, Literary Matters, Historical Origins, Authorship, Textual History, Theological Emphases, Christology, Canonicity, Relationship to other books, and much more.

4. Surprising data that you may have never thought about. I never realized how often Matthew used the Greek word for Kingdom (basilleia) in his Gospel. It occurs 55 times, compared to 20 times in Mark, 46 times in Luke and only 4 times in John. You’ll find lots of charts that graphically demonstrate the harmony (and sometimes the contrast) of words used by the different writers who describe the same events.

5. Beautiful outlines that will assist you in organizing sermons and lessons. The book of Matthew is just 28 chapters in length, yet the outline of Matthew is 153 lines long. The authors of the BECNT do not overlook even the smallest detail. Just browse the outlines and you’ll get inspiring ideas.

6. QuickVerse makes it better than having a printed edition. You already know this, but QuickVerse saves you from hours of page turning to look things up. Searching is fast and easy, and your commentary stays in sync with any Bible translation of your choice. Click on a word to access your language tools for more information. Mouse-over a footnote to find a source. Find something you can use and drag it to a document where you’re creating a sermon or lesson.

Just 10 Interest-Free Payments of $50

That’s right. Pay just $50 now and you can be enjoying your entire set today. You can call us at 1-800-888-9898 and we’ll set up your payment plan for you. Or, you can set up your own payment plan online. It’s a new service we just added to our website. Just click here and you’ll be enjoying the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8296.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Lowest Price Ever on the NIV Application Commentary

niv application commentary, niv, commentary, bundle, books, bible study, wordsearchToday I have wonderful news. Thanks to a special agreement with the publisher, we can offer the highly respected NIV Application Commentary at a very attractive price. We can only do this for 14 days. On July 28, we’ll have to raise it back to the regular price of $452.76, but right now you can add it to your digital library for just $299.95. Click here for more details or to add The NIV Application Commentary to your digital library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8279. Interest-free, easy payments are available.

This 20-volume New Testament commentary is equally praised by preachers, teachers, Bible scholars, and students. It is unique in its approach to helping you understand God’s Word. The NIV Application Commentary explains not only what the Bible meant, but it also gives extensive insight on how these words speak powerfully today. It provides help with both halves of the interpretative task: exegesis and theological application.

This is accomplished by taking you through 3 important steps with each section of Scripture.

1. Original Meaning explores the meaning of each Scripture in light of its historical and cultural context. Key Greek words are highlighted, explored, and explained. Difficult and controversial passages are discussed in detail. This first step is similar to what you might find in other commentaries.

2. Bridging Contexts is a unique feature that connects the world of the Bible with the world of today. You will enjoy how the authors take you deep into the culture and time of the biblical texts. They describe the sights, sounds, and smells that people were experiencing at the time of the writing. You’ll understand in precise detail the local customs, beliefs, and superstitions. You’ll learn what motivated ancient societies, what they feared, and how they sought relief from hardships we have never faced in our times.

3. Contemporary Significance is the final step that helps you apply the Bible to everyday life. This section allows the biblical message to speak with as much power today as it did when it was first written. You’ll find how it’s completely natural to apply what you learn about Jerusalem, Ephesus, or Corinth to our present-day needs in Chicago, Los Angeles, or London.

A Massive Amount of Inspiring Material

What impressed me most was the sheer volume of scholarly research and inspiring truths that are teachable and applicable. The NIV Application Commentary does not deal briefly with any passage. You’ll find page after page of discovery on each text. I found this commentary was difficult to scan because I wanted to read everything. It’s all fascinating and it will hold your interest.

Here’s a Tiny Sample from My Studies:

I was researching a familiar passage from the Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 6:19-34. It’s where Jesus was preaching about wealth, poverty, and freedom from anxiety. The NIV Application Commentary opens every section with the complete Bible text from the NIV translation. Here are a few tiny clips I copied and pasted from WORDsearch (much like you might do for a sermon or lesson). It comes from the overwhelming amount of content offered in this section:

Original Meaning – The key saying of this section is Jesus’ famous imperative, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (6:33). It continues the overall priority and teaching of the SM. The preceding section (6:1-18) indicates the kind of religious life that Jesus’ disciples will experience in the public realm under the influence of the kingdom of heaven.

Bridging Contexts – Negatively, Jesus warns against the everyday trouble about wealth (6:19-24) and worry (6:25-34) that can rob disciples of the kingdom’s priority in their personal lives. Positively, Jesus teaches how his disciples can live securely in the middle of their daily difficulties. The way for them to attend to their personal life is to prioritize their values so that nothing in this world supplants God as their Master (6:19-24) and Provider (6:25-34).

Contemporary Significance – The idolatry of worry. We probably do not think of worry as a form of idolatry, but it is when we allow it to take our eyes off of Jesus. We substitute despair, hopelessness, or fear in place of God and turn to our own efforts at trying to control our environment. I heard Warren Wiersbe make this comment during a chapel message: “It is often said that we are continually being crucified between two thieves—the regrets of yesterday and the worries about tomorrow.”
You owe it to yourself (and those you minister) to add this excellent commentary to your digital library. I guarantee you’ll be delighted or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. Click here to download yours now and you can be enjoying it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8279. Interest-free, easy payment options are available. Call to learn more.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! The New Life in Christ Jesus

the new life in christ jesus, scofield, books, wordsearchHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is The New Life in Christ Jesus by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield. Click here to download.

Oh, beloved, we too have heard of Him by the hearing of the ear, but we need to come to deeper things, closer things, with God. We need to come to that personal and underived acquaintanceship with Him, so that we may say with the men of Samaria, “Now we believe not because of thy saying; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ,” although the first effect of it will be this awful humbling, this utter collapse of self. But oh, how blessed a place is that valley of humbling. No one falls there who does not rise to newness of life and service. But remember, it costs the sentence of death in self; the thorough reconstruction of the inner life.

The New Life in Christ Jesus contains sermons preached by Dr. Scofield to his congregations in Dallas. Each deals expositionally with the subject of the inner life of the believer. Scofield suggests that “It costs something to have the joy of the Lord,” he writes, “Salvation, with its joy, is a free gift, but the joy of the Lord is to be had only by entering into fellowship with the Lord in His life plan.”

Cyrus Scofield was born in Lenawee County, Michigan in 1843. During the American Civil War he served for a year as a private in the 7th Tennessee Infantry. By 1866 he was in Missouri working in his brother-in-law’s law office. Admitted to the Kansas bar in 1869, he was elected to the Kansas legislature as a Republican in 1871 and 1872 and was appointed U.S. attorney for the district of Kansas.

After his conversion to evangelical Christianity in 1879, Scofield assisted in the St. Louis campaign conducted by Dwight L. Moody and served as the secretary of the St. Louis YMCA. Significantly, Scofield came under the mentorship of James H. Brookes, pastor of Walnut Street Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, a prominent dispensationalist premillennialist.

In 1883 Scofield was ordained as a Congregationalist minister, and he accepted the pastorate of the First Congregational Church in Texas, now Scofield Memorial Church. The church grew from fourteen to over five hundred members before he resigned its pastorate in 1895.

In 1888 Scofield attended the Niagara Bible Conference where he met Hudson Taylor. The two became life-long friends, and Taylor’s approach to Christian missions influenced Scofield to found the Central American Mission in 1890, now CAM International.

Scofield also served as secretary of the American Home Missionary Society of Texas and Louisiana; and in 1890, he helped found Lake Charles College (1890-1903) in Louisiana. As the author of the pamphlet, “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth” (1888), Scofield himself soon became a leader in dispensational premillennialism.

In 1895, Scofield was called as pastor of Moody’s church, the Trinitarian Congregational Church of East Northfield, Massachusetts, and he also took charge of Moody’s Northfield Bible Training School. Although, in theory, Scofield returned to his Dallas pastorate in 1903, his projected reference Bible consumed much of his energy, and for much of the time before its publication, he was either sick or in Europe. Scofield shortly left the Congregational Church to become a Southern Presbyterian and moved to the New York City area where he supervised the New York Night School of the Bible. In 1914 he founded the Philadelphia School of the Bible in Pennsylvania, now Philadelphia Biblical University.

Scofield believed that between creation and the final judgment there were seven distinct eras of God’s dealing with man and that these eras were a framework around which the message of the Bible could be explained. It was largely through the influence of Scofield’s notes that dispensationalism and premillennialism became influential among fundamentalist Christians in the United States. Scofield passed away at his home in Douglaston, Long Island, in 1921.

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New Tools That Will Deepen Your Knowledge & Ministry

bible survey, survey, new testament, wordsearch, bundle, booksBible survey books can be a powerful ally in your study of God’s Word and your preparation for lessons and sermons. One of the great strengths of a Bible survey is how it takes each book of the Bible and connects it with all other books of the Bible. This weaving together of Scripture makes you more productive as you seek knowledge and inspiration in your Bible study, especially as you minister to others.

Today I’m announcing the release of a 2-volume Bible Survey Bundle. These are seminary-level textbooks, which under normal circumstances are expensive like all seminary books. Purchased in hardcover, you could expect to spend $109.98 for these volumes. For the next 14 days, you can add them to your digital library for a total cost of just $39.95. Click here to download this bundle now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8288.

The Bible Survey Bundle – Includes:
The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament
This New Testament survey is 976 pages in length, and it thoroughly introduces all 27 New Testament books. You’ll find a close examination of Christ’s incarnation and virgin birth, the heart of His ministry that is revealed in the Gospels, His passion, death, resurrection, the birth of the church, the epistles, and the triumphant return of Jesus and our eternal reign with Him as depicted in Revelation. This thorough text was authored by noted scholars Andreas J. Kostenberger, L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles.

The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament
This fresh survey of the Old Testament is driven largely by the fact that so much Christian preaching and teaching today increasingly ignores what is 80% of the Bible. Authors Eugene Merrill, Mark Rooker, and Michael Grisanti work through the world and text of the Old Testament, and consistently emphasize:

  1. The Old Testament is a rich source of theology and doctrine that foreshadows the New Testament. Without it, Christian theology would be seriously deficient.
  2. Mastery of the Old Testament is crucial to an understanding of the New Testament.
  3. The Old Testament offers, by teaching and example, practical principles of belief and behavior for current times. Who God is and what He did then can be applied to the lives of men and women today.

Each of these 2 volumes is currently on sale for $24.95, but, when you take the 2-volume bundle, you’ll save an additional $10. Click here for more details or to add these excellent tools to your digital library today.

NIV Application Commentary – Sale Expires July 28
Thanks to a special agreement with the publisher, for a limited time, the NIV Application Commentary is on sale at our lowest price ever. This 20-volume NT commentary is normally $452.76, but, through July 28, it’s only $299.95. You can even call us to arrange 6 interest-free payments of just $50, and begin using the entire set with your first payment. This is the commentary series that Billy Graham spoke of when he said it, “promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.” Click here for complete details, or call us at 1-800-888-9898. Interest-free payment plans are available. Mention special offer 8288.

Training Conference, August 12-14
Make plans now to join the WORDsearch team in Nashville, Tennessee, August 12-14. This is your opportunity to get hands-on training for using WORDsearch. You’ll be tutored by expert WORDsearch trainers, and you can choose to attend Basic or Advanced training sessions. In the past, we’ve charged up to $175 for these events, but this conference is practically free. Here’s why: Your registration fee is just $40, and as soon as you arrive, you’ll receive a $40 voucher to spend on any of our conference specials. You’ll find some great specials at the conference, specials we don’t offer anywhere else. Click here for details, and get registered while seats are still available.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. As always, I guarantee you’ll be delighted or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

P.S. Learn more about the benefits of Bible surveys here. You’ll find a helpful post on Bible surveys in our new series, The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit.

 

The Bible Made Simple Series

made simple series, christian living, the bibleSometimes the Bible and all that is associated with the Christian faith can get complicated. I’ve often wished someone would simplify things for regular people like me. Well, that’s exactly what author Mark Water has accomplished with The Made Simple Series. I’m really impressed with how he has simplified complex issues regarding the Bible, morality, and religion in this excellent series. Each of the 6 volumes in this set are available individually, and purchased that way, they’d cost $77.70. But I’d like to see this series in every digital library, so for the next 14 days, you can have it for the crazy-low price of $19.95. JUST CLICK HERE and you can begin using it today! If you prefer ordering by phone, call 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8267.

Simple, Yet Thoroughly Explained.

Have you ever wondered, “What are the key differences between Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans, Orthodox, and the many other denominations?” And “How is Christianity distinct from Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and a dozen other religions?” Mark Water explains it all in a straightforward way that is easy to understand. It made me more confident in my own relationship with Christ. This helpful 6-volume bundle includes:

Bible Study Made Simple—Learn to do word studies, topical studies, and personality studies. Discover principles for interpreting Bible passages correctly. Find new ways to memorize Scripture. Identify the key, golden verse in each book of the Bible.

Christian Living Made Simple—Explains how you can make Jesus the main focus of your life, and overcome selfish desires. Through a series of studies, you will discover how to start the Christian life, how to grow in it, and how to overcome problems that will come.

Moral Choices Made Simple—Learn what the Bible has to say about abortion and adultery. Discover answers to the subject of divorce and remarriage. The issues are as varied as: capital punishment, gambling, racism, war, medical dilemmas, homosexuality, and euthanasia.

Teachings of the Bible Made Simple—Explore the wide-range of Bible teachings on a variety of key issues. Learn how Jesus could be both man and God. Find the twenty key Old Testament teachings. Discover what the Bible really says about angels, baptism, creation, the cross, hell, holiness, mercy, temptation, and much more.

The Bible Made Simple—Learn the key events, the strange customs, and the fascinating features of each individual Bible book. Find information about the key 200 Bible characters. Discover the crucial differences between the four Gospels. See how archeology confirms the events and facts of the Bible.

World Religions Made Simple—You’ll receive a basic introduction to all the major religions of the world, including the big four: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Each lengthy article discusses the founder, his influence, his beliefs, his writings, and the practices of each religious group.

Hurry, This 6-Volume Bundle Is 75% off for 14 Days Only.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this incredible saving on The Made Simple Series before this sale expires. I know it will be a valuable addition to your digital reference library—one you will turn to again and again. As always, I guarantee you’ll be delighted, or your money back. Just click here. If you have any questions or would like to bundle this with any other books, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8267.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Free Friday! The Master’s Indwelling

andrew murray, master's indwelling, booksHappy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is The Master’s Indwelling by Andrew Murray. Click here to download.

First, we must know that there is such a spiritual life to be lived by men on earth. Nothing cuts the roots of the Christian life so much as unbelief. People do not believe what God has said about what He is willing to do for His children. Men do not believe that when God says, “Be filled with the Spirit,” He means it for every Christian. And yet Paul wrote to the Ephesians each one: “Be filled with the Spirit, and do not be drunk with wine.” Just as little as you may be drunk with wine, so little may you live without being filled with the Spirit. Now, if God means that for believers, the first thing that we need is to study, and to take home God’s Word, to our belief until our hearts are filled with the assurance that there is such a life possible which it is our duty to live; that we can be spiritual men. God’s Word teaches us that God does not expect a man to live as he ought for one minute unless the Holy Spirit is in him to enable him to do it.

You’ve accepted Christ as your personal Savior and you are doing everything in your power to live the good Christian life. You’re giving to the Church and others, you’re fellowshipping with other believers, and reading your Bible. But is Christ living in you? Are you experiencing Abundant Life? Or are you tightly controlling your own life or, even worse, trying to control the lives of others? Jesus has called us to experience more than just a life of emptiness and loneliness. He’s invited us to experience the joy in the Christ-filled life. You’re already in Christ; now let Him be in you. It’s time for The Master’s Indwelling.

Andrew Murray Jr. was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1828. He was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr., a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa as a missionary. Andrew was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their M.A in 1845. From there they both went to the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands where they studied theology. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on May 9, 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. He was an amazingly prolific Christian author. All of his publications were originally written in Dutch and then translated into English. As his popularity grew, Murray’s books found their way into more than twelve foreign languages during his lifetime alone. Murray is best known for his devotional writings, which place great emphasis on the need for a rich, personal devotional life. Several of his books have become classics they include: Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender and Waiting on God.

He helped to found what are now the University College of the Orange Free State and the Stellenbosch Seminary. He served as moderator of the Cape Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church and was president of both the YMCA and the South African General Mission, now the Africa Evangelical Fellowship.

Murray was an alert and intense man, he died on January 18, 1917, four months before his eighty-ninth birthday. For his contribution to world missions he was given an honorary doctorate by the universities of Aberdeen and Cape of Good Hope.

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