ESV Gospel Transformation Bible (Black) Hardcover – September 30, 2013
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"The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible is a unique resource blending biblical, systematic, and practical theological insights to help us understand what the Bible teaches about grace and personal change."
—Timothy J. Keller, Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City; best-selling author, The Reason for God
"I spent years blind that the gospel story was threading through all of Scripture and the Bible came to life when I got that truth. The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible shows Jesus and the gospel everywhere, and will empower your heart for Jesus, your love for the gospel, and your ability to share it with others."
—Charlie Hall, Worship and arts director, Frontline Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible is a wonderful tool that can help you read the Bible the way it should be read: as a unified whole, and with a thirst for life transformation. I can’t wait to use it in our family devotions and to give a copy to my pastor."
—Andreas J. Köstenberger, Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible contains invaluable resources for helping us understand how God’s power in the gospel shapes every moment of our lives."
—Gloria Furman, author, The Pastor's Wife; Missional Motherhood; and Alive in Him
"This is a seminary education packed into one book."
—Justin Buzzard, Lead Pastor, Garden City Church, Silicon Valley; author, Date Your Wife and The Big Story
- Publisher : Crossway; Bible Esv edition (September 30, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1904 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433538679
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433538674
- Item Weight : 3.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 2 x 9.25 inches
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I purchased The Gospel Transformation Bible as a gift for a friend, and I'm glad to say that my friend truly loves this particular study bible.
If you're searching for a study bible that isn't overwhelming, then The Gospel Transformation Bible is for you.
Gospel Motivated Notes
First, I've really appreciated the way the notes in Matthew have emphasized gospel-centered motivations and not legalistic "how-to" points of application. Matthew's emphasis on the universal Lordship of Jesus is staggering and his commitment to portray Jesus as King over all things is seen throughout the entire Gospel. With that there is a sober-reality check that Jesus has a rightful claim over all things, including my life. Furthermore, that claim determines that I live in such a way as a follower of his. Yet Matthew makes it clear that Jesus is the one who makes that "kingdom way" clear for us in Jesus. It is in Christ and him alone that I am transformed to live out the kingdom way of Christ. In step with that Frank Thielman's notes in Matthew reflects that emphasis.
"God continues to help his people at their points of need, not because of anything within themselves that makes them worthy of his help but because he is a gracious and merciful God who delights in helping the needy."
"Christian discipleship is genuine when it arises from a heart and mind transformed by God's grace, and this inner transformation, which Matthew calls repentance, will inevitably bear good fruit."
Raising The Affections of My Soul
Secondly, this "study Bible" isn't so much of a study Bible as it is a devotional Bible. Now that can be a disastrous label to serious-minded students of the Scripture. Most things that are labeled "devotional" are fluffy, doctrinally weak "Chicken Soup for the Angst-Ridden Middle-Aged Man's Soul" kind of books. The Gospel Transformation Bible isn't that. It's a Bible with notes that have helped me engage the Scripture more closely and more than anything love Christ more fully.
Many study Bibles have more notes that the Scripture has text. I don't get that with the GTB (and at points I was wanting for notes that were not there). However the notes that were present were helpful. They made me think about the gospel. They made me reflect more on Christ. Every day my heart has been challenged to live in light of the gospel and to know and enjoy Christ more. I've really benefited from this sort of format.
I am honestly excited to keep reading through the Scriptures and the notes found in this edition. Matthew alone has been a needed challenge to the way I live my life under the Kingship of Christ and the notes have been a helpful supplement in enabling me to think through those areas of application well.
Who Is The GTB For?
I have to recommend this resource to pretty much everybody. We gave a copy of this to every Gospel Community leader at Journey the Way to resource and help them as they prepare each week to lead their groups. I think it will encourage and benefit just about anyone who will pick it up and engage it.
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