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NIV Stewardship Study Bible: Discover God's Design for Life, the Environment, Finances, Generosity, and Eternity Hardcover – October 13, 2009

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The NIV Stewardship Study Bible uses a variety of engaging features to lead individuals through a comprehensive study of what it means to be managers entrusted with the resources of God. Through 366 Exploring Stewardship notes, profiles of individuals, notes on challenges to stewardship, quotes on stewardship from respected Christians throughout the ages, and other articles and helps, the NIV Stewardship Study Bible projects a positive picture of the privilege that we have to manage what God has given us to his glory and to the building of his kingdom. More than just money, this Bible emphasizes stewardly responsibility in all areas of life, including relationships, creation care, money management, institutions, and caring for the poor, among other areas. It's been pulled together with the purpose of changing perceptions about what the word 'stewardship' means---not something intended to be draining and guilt-inducing, but rather motivating, empowering and uplifting. The NIV Stewardship Study Bible has been endorsed by Crown Ministries, Dave Ramsey, Good $ense ministries, the Barnabas Foundation, Prison Fellowship, and various other programs and ministries that seek to encourage responsible stewardship among Christians. This Bible will be a natural 'next step' for individuals and groups who benefit from these ministries and take part in their programs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1920 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310948479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310948476
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By AdamSmythe on December 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a NIV Study Bible, with a 70-page concordance, maps, 30-day and one-year reading schedules, etc., as your might expect in a study Bible. However, what sets this Bible apart from others is its focus on seven key purposes of Scriptural stewardship, which are addressed with stewardship-specific introductions to each book of the Bible, frequent "Exploring Stewardship" discussions, interesting profiles, and numerous "Stewardship Challenges."

The seven purposes of stewardship that are addressed include: (1) Unique Calling--a prompting toward fulfilling our unique role in the Body of Christ; (2) Unquestionable Character--a prompting toward who we are called to be as individuals; (3) Unquenchable Compassion--a prompting toward placing others' needs before our own; (4) Undying Commitment--a prompting toward obedience to God regardless of the cost; (5) Unending Celebration--a constant expression of worship as God's stewards fulfill their calling; (6) Unparalleled Commission--a recognition of the privilege to share in the fulfillment of God's mission; and (7) Unwavering Conformity--a prompting toward conforming to God's will and desires.

As you can see, the emphasis on stewardship goes beyond church giving, money management, social and philanthropic responsibilities, and even our responsibilities to the poor and neglected. Simply put, the emphasis here is on giving the reader a broad, holistic vision of Biblical stewardship. In addition to the Scriptural text, this Bible draws on the works of a broad range of over 300 scholars representing 2,000 years of thought. It represents a major effort, and I think it succeeds in helping focus the reader's thoughts on the theme of Scriptural stewardship.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Judah Musick on January 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What I love so much about the Stewardship Study Bible is that it clearly uncovers what God's word has to say about being wise stewards of EVERY aspect of life. Typically, when the word "stewardship" is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is the financial aspect of stewardship, including giving and tithing. This Bible clearly unpacks every aspect of Stewardship, including our time, talents, relationships and the environment in a deep and meaningful way, well beyond the dollars and cents. I highly recommend it to anyone, great job!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LookingUp on December 21, 2009
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Outstanding resource for those who want to understand and practice biblical stewardship, generosity and financial management.

I appreciate the extensive quotes and references to stewardship experts over the last 200 years. These contributions help illuminate biblical passages and provide scriptural supoort for personal application. Standing on the shoulders of stewardship scholars helps us unravel today's thorny issues dealing with the best uses of money.

The authors provide a very helpful new framework of understanding the purposes of stewardship:
1) Unique CALLING- prompting us toward fulfilling our unique role in the body of Christ.
2) Unquestionable CHARACTER- prompting us toward individual spiritual growth
3) Unquenchable COMPASSION- prompting us to place the needs of others above our own
4) Undying COMMITMENT- prompting us to obey God regardless of the personal cost
5) Unending CELEBRATION- pursuing a constant expression of worship as I respond to God's commands
6) Unparalleled COMMISSION- recognizing the privilege of serving in God's harvest
7) Unwavering CONFORMITY- prompting us to conform to God's will

I am using this exhaustive tool in daily study to discover God's plan for stewardship - - rich insights so far!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joel Holtz VINE VOICE on September 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I don't need to really reiterate what others have said about this great new resource from Zondervan, except to say it's the most thorough Bible I've ever read when it comes to the concept of complete Christian stewardship.

Full of quotes from Luther, Spurgeon, Clement of Alexandria and present day writers and theologians as well.. a concordance with 2000 word entries.. and without a doubt, the best biblical index on money and possesions ever written. (almost 60 pages itself)

This is, quite simply, one of the best Bibles you could ever get your hands on.
As the subtitle suggests, it covers far more than just money issues. It's the most comprehensive Bible I've ever read that covers every conceivable aspect of stewardship for the Christian.

A great resource you'll be blessed by getting and studying.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob MacLeod on November 9, 2011
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My first "Study Bible" was a very helpful Ryrie Study Bible. I have had a couple other Study Bibles over the past twenty years. In my experience, Study Bibles as a genre are typically designed to help readers understand the text better, and to that end the commentator notes are made on specific verses. That is what I expected of this Bible.

Instead, I found this Bible edition is more of a devotional book. Let me start by saying that I read this entire Bible cover to cover (except for a few chapters in the middle. There are (I think) 365 full-page stewardship commentaries on specific aspects of stewardship (see other helpful comments for a broader explanation of the types of stewardship this edition focuses on), but no comments on any passages. (The devotionals do use a specific passage as a topic point, which is why they are placed where they are.) All but the shortest books (the one-chapter books) have these devotionals.

As other comments have noted, this Stewardship Study Bible focuses on stewardship broadly, not just "financial stewardship" which is the most common perception of stewardship. As I was looking at this Bible originally, I was hoping for commentary on specific passages (since there are more than 2,000 verses on stewardship), and in that regard I was disappointed.

Since I already have multiple Bibles at home (like most people who own a Bible), I really did not need another whole Bible. And since this Bible contained no verse commentary but just full-page devotionals, I could not help but think it would have been better to just print a Stewardship Daily Devotional. I think this because having the devotionals strewn out throughout the Bible actually makes it harder to follow.
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