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 Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit: Bible Surveys

bible survey, student, pastor, teacher, wordsearch bibleWith 66 books written at different times, by different people, and for different purposes, the Bible can be confusing even to seasoned students of Scripture. One can easily get lost in the details and lose sight of the big picture—you can read an Old or New Testament book and miss its overall themes and messages. Fortunately, there exists a tool that can remedy this problem and bring clarity to potential confusion—the Bible survey.

As the name suggests, a Bible survey gives a big-picture look at every book of the Bible, while an Old and New Testament survey does the same for those respective portions. Typical surveys will examine each book and discuss the author, the date of writing, the historical background, the book’s overall themes and messages, and provide an outline. The format is similar to what you find in most study Bibles, but the discussion goes into greater depth, which is ideal for sermon preparation or small-group lessons.

In addition, many surveys provide maps, charts, photos, and diagrams that serve as helpful visual aids.

There are many Bible/OT/NT surveys available, and often what distinguishes them is the level at which they’re written. Some surveys are intended for beginning Bible college students (i.e., a lay audience), while others are written for seminary or graduate students. One example of a very accessible volume is Ed Hindson and Elmer Towns’s Illustrated Bible Survey. This survey features the topics listed above, along with introductory chapters on how we got the Bible and how to read the Bible, along with practical reflections on biblical truths.

A more advanced set of books covering just the New Testament are the volumes by Craig Blomberg included in our two-volume bundle. The first volume covers Jesus and the gospels, while the second explores Acts through Revelation. One of the differences you’ll notice right away is the number of footnotes, which are much more plentiful in Blomberg’s volumes. These indicate places where Blomberg is interacting with other biblical scholars on issues like authorship and date, as well as on more academic topics like textual criticism, sources, and literary genre. But even on topics like this, Blomberg explains the issues clearly, and his writing is easy to follow.

A third survey, David deSilva’s An Introduction to the New Testament, covers the standard topics, but also features a section on practical implications for ministry at the end of each chapter. This is ideal for students as well as those serving in pastoral ministry.

Using a Bible survey in WORDsearch can dramatically increase your productivity in studying the Word, in preparing lessons, and in researching for sermon preparation. Surveys in WORDsearch allow you to:

  • Quickly find the most important elements of a book you’re studying:  Who wrote it, when it was written, its historical background, themes, messages, and outline.
  • Use the outlines and other vital information to help shape and organize your sermons and lessons.
  • Easily read linked Scripture references that appear in the text.
  • Search the survey for keywords, Scripture references, people, places, and other important terms.
  • Use the WORDsearch word processor to take notes and paste text from the survey.

For all of these reasons, a good Bible/OT/NT survey is one of the essential tools in the pastor’s, teacher’s, or student’s Bible study toolkits.

How do you benefit from a Bible survey? Share with us!

Free Friday! The Mind of Christ

MindofChristHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $14.95, is The Mind of Christ by T.W. Hunt. Click here to download.

The mind has always been more important to God than our outward actions. In the Old Testament, the emphasis was on the heart. At times, the Bible uses the word heart where we would use the word mind, as in the injunction, “Apply your heart to discipline” (Prov. 23:12). In the New Testament, Jesus used the word heart in the same sense: “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, ‘Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?’” (Matt. 9:4).

Most of us, most of the time, are satisfied if we satisfy the expectations of society and the requirements of God by our outer, visible actions. God looks on the inner; He said, as early as Samuel’s day, that “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). In the more restricted emphasis of the New Testament, we can say “the Lord looks at the mind.”

Thousands of grateful readers have shared T.W. Hunt’s interest and benefited from his insights. With this new edition of The Mind of Christ, still others will find themselves embarking on the never-ending quest to become more like Jesus.

T.W. Hunt is a former prayer specialist with the Baptist Sunday School Board and also served on the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of three previous books, The Mind of Christ study course, and a contributor to the Disciple’s Study Bible.

After you have read the book, we’d love to hear what you thought in the Customer Reviews box on the bottom of the book’s page. Have you read anything that has inspired you lately? Let us know!

Free Friday! Called to Teach

9780805411997coverc01aHappy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $24.95, is Called to Teach by William Yount. Click here to download.

In a previous book, Created to Learn, I described three major learning theory systems: the behavioral (doing skillfully), the cognitive (understanding clearly), and the affective (experiencing and valuing personally). In introducing the Teachers’ Triad, I wrote, “Educational problems do not fall neatly into any one system…. Effective teachers move freely from system to system, engaging learners where they are, helping them to master the subject and grow as a result.”

But I would go farther now. The best teachers are like parallel processors who operate in all three systems simultaneously, conscious in-the-now of behaviors, concepts, and values. Dynamic synergists make the best teachers.

The role of a teacher is a noble calling—a combination of explainer, listener, friend, coach, storyteller, and strategist. Anyone willing and wanting to accept this challenge will find invaluable guidance in this book.

Combining the best of Bible-based education theory with practical ministry, Called to Teach blends spiritual insight and disciplined academics into a unified and potent philosphy of teaching. Using biblical examples, learning theories, and personal experiences, it challenges both new and seasoned teachers, pastors, counselors, and professors to engage in the never-ending process of growing into more excellent teachers.

William “Rick” Yount is professor and assistant dean of the Foundations of Education division, School of Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He travels every year to teach pastors and missionaries in the former Soviet Union. Yount lives with his wife in Fort Worth, Texas.

After you have read the book, we’d love to hear what you thought in the Customer Reviews box on the bottom of the book’s page. Have you read anything that has inspired you lately? Let us know!

The B&H Preaching Bundle

bh_preaching_bundleFor decades, the editors and authors at B&H publishing have been producing some of the finest tools available for preaching and teaching God’s Word. Preachers, teachers, and students of the Bible know they can trust materials from B&H because of their accurate scholarship and solid grounding in the Word. We’ve bundled 26 volumes of these preaching tools in The B&H Preaching Bundle. Purchased individually, this set would cost $539.29, but, for a limited time, you’ll find it on sale for just $99.95. Click here to learn more or download this package now. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8209.

26 Volumes of Preaching Helps

All 26 of these books are pulpit-tested winners that will guide you in preparing sermons and lessons. You’ll find helpful ideas and advice on speaking technique, delivery, and time management. It will surprise you when you discover all the extra helps included in this bundle, like the Toolbox for Busy Pastors and The Pastor’s Wedding Manual.

A Powerful Package for Preachers — And for Those Who Don’t Preach

We often offer tools for preachers because so many WORDsearch users are preachers and pastors. But here’s something I’m proud to say: many WORDsearch users who are not pastors are serious students of God’s Word. They hunger for many of the same tools used by ministry professionals because they too are most certainly involved in ministry. I admire this, and if you are a part of this group, add The B&H Preaching Bundle to your digital library, and you will be glad you did. I guarantee it or I’ll be happy to refund your purchase.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this limited offer today by clicking here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8209.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

How to Stop Clever Atheists from Stripping Our Children of Their Faith

truth_matters_bannerThis might be the most important email I’ve ever written, and I need your help. Have you noticed all the attention being given to atheists, skeptics and “free thinking” societies lately? I used to just dismiss these as fringe groups, but not anymore. This is serious. LifeWay Research has uncovered some alarming statistics.

Did you know 4 out of 10 young people (ages 18-22) leave church and never return? Many of our children head for college and, no longer under the watchful eyes of Christian parents, they are taught to think independently. This can be a good thing, but many secular colleges teach what students learned in church was naive and wrong. You and I know better, but what about our impressionable youth? Are they prepared for the challenges to their faith? Most are not. Click here to learn more about Truth Matters, an intelligent and reasonable way to defend one’s faith. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8151.

TRUTH MATTERS

Truth does matter. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” B&H Publishers have wisely determined that now is the time to equip our youth with the truth. This remarkable new book was the combined effort of 3 top evangelical Bible scholars. It’s written in an easygoing style suited for high school readers. It answers the tough questions students are sure to be asked by college teachers and skeptics. I’ve read this book and I want everyone to read it, especially high school students. It’s only $9.95. Click here to order a hardcover copy. For a limited time, shipping is free (in the continental US) regardless of how many books you order. I’ll also include a free copy for your WORDsearch library, and you’ll be able to access it on your iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Atheists Are Stripping Our Children of Their Faith?

Yes! And it breaks my heart. A popular leader in this movement is a clever “Bible scholar,” a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His name is Dr. Bart Ehrman and 4 of his books have been on the New York Times best-seller list. Bart has a magnetic personality, and he (along with many others like him) teaches that most of what you learned about the Bible is a lie. Truth Matters takes on the teachings of Bart Ehrman, one issue at a time. It gives young readers the confidence that many equally qualified scholars disagree with Ehrman’s conclusions, and for good reason. This much-needed book equips our young people with the truth, and the ability to resist the Ehrmans of this world who seek to strip them of their Christian faith.

Students Will Find Answers to Difficult Questions Like:

  • Was Christianity just made up?
  • Is the Bible full of irresolvable contradictions?
  • Is God incapable of keeping us from suffering?
  • What gives the Bible any authority or credibility?
  • How can we know what it says if we don’t have any originals?
  • Have the biblical documents been forged to look more authentic?
  • Why weren’t other books included that were just as valuable?
  • Was the resurrection a hoax?

Read the First Couple of Chapters and You’ll See What I Mean

Click here and you can read the preface and the first chapter of Truth Matters. It’s stated better than I can describe here. Here’s a quote from the first page:

You’re about to face a religion professor who’s actually better at arguing your case for the validity of Christian faith than you are. And when his spiritually shocking lectures start turning into assignments for thousand-word papers and midterm exams, he won’t be taking your favorite Bible verse for an answer. What will you do then?

This Is Personal, and I’m Asking for Your Help

My wife Shelley and I have 5 kids and 3 grandkids. They are precious to us and I’m sure yours are too. Like many parents, we’ve done our best to raise them in a Christian home, instilled with a steadfast faith in God. Was it enough? Will they withstand the doubts and challenges they face in a godless world? Truth Matters will help them stand strong, as it offers intelligent, reasonable answers to the difficult questions that will inevitably challenge the faith of every believer.

Here’s how you can help. Make sure every high school student in your church gets a copy of Truth Matters. It’s easy to read, and they’ll have all summer to read it and be prepared to answer those who will challenge their faith in the coming days. Especially those headed for college. Will you help me?

I Can’t Imagine a Better Graduation Gift than Truth Matters

Most of the time I offer software books for your digital library. But I believe Truth Matters is so important, it needs to be a real, hardcover book that you put into the hands of every student. Your investment in young lives is only $9.95 each. Better yet, purchase Truth Matters by the case. That’s 10 hardcover books for $50 (just five bucks a book). Whether you buy one book or 100, I’ll include a digital version for your WORDsearch library for free. This is important and you can make a difference.Just click here. If you prefer to order by phone, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8151.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

P.S. - Truth Matters. It’s only $9.95 for a hardcover copy, plus I’ll include a free digital edition for your WORDsearch library. We also offer case lots of 10 for $50. That’s just $5 a book, with free shipping (in the continental US). Click here. Thank you for equipping our youth with the truth.