New Believer's Bible: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Overview

Featuring notes written by leading evangelist Greg Laurie, the New Believer's Bible is designed to help new Christians understand and grow in their newfound faith.

The New Believer's Bible is perfect as a gift Bible for evangelism or for new Christians looking for an instructional and devotional Bible. It's also ideal for mature Christians who want to better understand the basics of their faith.

Special Features

  • Easy-to-read New Living Translation text
  • Four Feature Tracks instruct and encourage readers in the Christian faith. Cornerstones covers the basics of Christian belief. Readers learn about the Trinity, angels, Satan, heaven, love, and other essential teachings of the Bible
  • First Steps helps readers know God and his plan for them. Readers discover how to know they are saved, find the right church, study the Bible, and much more
  • Off and Running shows readers how they can enjoy God's blessings and direction in all areas of their life such as career, marriage, family, finances, etc.
  • Big Questions tackles difficult questions often asked by new Christians like "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
  • How You Can Know God is a clear gospel presentation that explains to readers how they can be saved
  • Glossary of Christian Terms explains key biblical and doctrinal terminology in easy-to-understand language
  • Special Charts highlight important biblical information: 52 Great Bible Stories, Prophecies about Jesus, Memory Verses, How to Study the Bible, and Overview of the Bible
  • Available in softcover, hardcover, bonded leather (burgundy), and New Testament softcover editions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842345712
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 1248
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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New Believer's Bible-Nlt

First Steps for New Christians
By Greg Laurie

Tyndale House Publishers

Copyright © 1996 Greg Laurie
All right reserved.

ISBN: 084234571X


Chapter One

HOW YOU CAN KNOW GOD

What Is Missing in Our Lives?

Purpose, meaning, a reason for living-these are all things we desire and search for in life. Despite steps each one of us takes to find purpose and meaning in life, we still feel empty, unfulfilled. That is because there is a spiritual emptiness in each of our lives. We each have a hole in our heart, a spiritual vacuum deep within our soul-a "God-shaped blank." Possessions won't fill this hole, nor will success. Relationships alone cannot satisfy this emptiness, and morality, in and of itself, falls miserably short of occupying this space. In fact, even religion cannot fill the void in our heart.

There is only one way to effectively fill that void. This way will not only help us to have a life that is full and rich on this earth, but-more important -will give us the absolute hope of spending eternity in the presence of God. Before we can truly appreciate this good news though, we need to understand the bad news, which is a serious problem we all have.

THE PROBLEM: SIN

The Bible clearly identifies our serious problem as sin. Sin is not just an act but the actual nature of our being. In other words, we are not sinners because we sin. Rather, we sin because we are sinners! We are born with a nature to do wrong. King David, the Old Testament Israelite ruler, wrote, "For I was born a sinner-yes, from the moment my mother conceived me" (Psalm 51:5). Because we are born sinners, sinning comes to all of us naturally. That is why it is futile to think that the answer to all of life's problems comes from "within." According to the Bible, the problem is within! Scripture tells us, "The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (Jeremiah 17:9).

We are not basically good-we are basically sinful. This sinfulness spills out into everything we do. Every problem we experience in our society today can be traced back to our refusal to live God's way. Clear back to the Garden of Eden, Adam made his choice, and he suffered the consequences of it, setting the pattern that all humanity would follow. The Bible explains, "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.... Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone" (Romans 5:12, 18).

"That's not fair!" you may protest. Why should we suffer because of what someone else has done? Yet, given the opportunity, each one of us would have done the same thing as Adam. In fact, not a single day passes that we do not face the same test that was set before Adam. God has given us the freedom to choose between two separate paths: the path that leads to life and the path that leads to death. The Bible says, "Today, I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make, Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19).

WITHOUT A LEG TO STAND ON

Someone may say, "But I live a good life. I try to be kind and considerate to others. I live by the Ten Commandments." But the truth of the matter is that the Ten Commandments, or the law, as they are called in the Bible, were not given to make us good but to show us how bad we are. The Bible tells us, "No one can ever be made right in God's sight by doing what his law commands. For the more we know God's law, the clearer it becomes that we aren't obeying it" (Romans 3:20). The purpose of the law is to make us realize how sinful we are. You might say that God's law was given to "shut our mouths" and show us that we desperately need his help and forgiveness for our terminal condition as sinners.

Look at the passages below to get a better understanding of the nature and seriousness of sin.

1. We Have All Missed the Mark (see Romans 3:23, p. 178). Romans 3:23 says, we have all sinned. For those that would claim to be the sole exception to this eternal truth, verse ten of this chapter plainly says, "No one is good-not even one (Romans 3:10)." Another word for good is righteous. The word righteous means, "One who is as he or she ought to be." When the Bible says that no one is righteous, or good, it is not so much referring to behavior but to inner character.

What exactly is "God's glorious standard" that Romans 3:23 says we have failed to meet? God's "glorious standard" is absolute perfection. Jesus said, "But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). In other words, anyone who is not as good as God is not acceptable to him.

One definition of sin, derived from the Greek word hamartia, is to "miss the mark." As far as the mark of perfection goes, we miss it by a mile. Although our sinful nature makes it impossible for us to live up to God's standard, we cannot blame sin on our nature alone. Sin is also a deliberate act.

2. Sin Is a Deliberate Act (see Ephesians 2:1-3, p. 238). Another word for sins in Ephesians 2:1 is transgressions or trespasses. This word speaks of a lapse or deviation from truth. In contrast to simply "missing the mark," this is a deliberate action. Because sin is a deliberate action, we cannot blame our sin on our society or our environment or our mental or physical state. Everyone has chosen to do what was wrong. If we protest this point, "we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth" (1 John 1:8).

3. The Ultimate Penalty for Sin Is Death (see Romans 6:23, p. 182). According to the Bible, we have offended a Holy God. We have not done this once or twice, but so many times that we are unable to keep count. Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death...." Wages are something that you are paid for work rendered. In other words, you earn your wages. Because we have all repeatedly sinned, we have earned the penalty of death, which is eternal torment and punishment in a place called hell.

Amid all this talk about sin and death, there is some good news. God has given us a way to escape the penalty of our sin. He has made it possible for us to have a relationship with him and enjoy the hope of eternal life without punishment.

The Solution: Jesus Christ

God understood our problem and knew that we could do nothing about it. Because God loves us, he sent his own Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to bridge the chasm of sin that separates us from him.

WHY JESUS CAN BRIDGE THE GAP

There has never been anyone like Jesus. For starters, Jesus was not conceived in the womb of his mother through natural means. Rather, he was supernaturally conceived in the womb of a young virgin named Mary. Because of his supernatural conception, Jesus, who is wholly God, also became wholly human.

Though Jesus is God, he chose to lay aside the privileges of his deity to live on earth as a man. The Bible, describing the sacrifice Christ made in becoming a man, says that Jesus "made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross" (Philippians 2:7-8). It is extremely important to note that Jesus did not cease to be God when he came to earth. He simply laid aside his divine privileges and walked the earth as a man. In doing so, he was personally able to experience the gamut of human emotions, ranging from happiness to deep sorrow. He felt what it was like to be tired, cold, and hungry.

Moreover, he came to this earth with a clear objective in mind: to bridge that gap between us and God.

When the Israelites of the Old Testament sinned, they would have the high priest go into the Temple and offer an animal sacrifice to God to atone for their sins. In a symbolic sense, this was a way of putting one's sins on the animal, which stood in the place of the guilty person. The Bible teaches, "Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins" (Hebrews 9:22).

The sacrificial rituals carried out by the Israelites in the Old Testament foreshadowed what Jesus would do when he came to this earth. He took the sin of the world upon himself when he hung on the cross so many years ago.

Numerous Old Testament prophecies pointed not only to his birth and life but also to his death, including the way in which he would die.

CORNERSTONES

FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS OF THE FAITH

Who Is God?

Thousands of years ago, Pharaoh, the Egyptian ruler, posed a question people are still asking today: "Who is the LORD that I should listen to him?" That's a good question, but it is not an easy subject to tackle. It is difficult for our limited minds to grasp the limitless, eternal God. It has been said, "If God were small enough for your minds, he wouldn't be big enough for your needs." For that reason, don't be exasperated if you can't fully understand who God is or why he does certain things. One day, Scripture promises, everything about God and his character will be made perfectly clear to us (1 Corinthians 13:12). But until then, we will find everything we need to know about him in his Word. Look up the following notes and passages to find out who God is.

1. God Is All-Knowing, Ever Present, and All-Powerful. The Creator of the Universe knows every intimate detail of his creation (see Matthew 10:29-31, p.15).

2. God Is Holy. God's incomparable holiness merits our worship (see Revelation 15:2-4, p. 343).

3. God Is Loving and Just. God's justice is tempered by his love (see 2 Peter 3:3-9, p. 314).

4. God Is Personal. This characteristic of God sets him apart from the so-called "gods" of other religions (see Acts 17:22-31, p. 162).

5. God Is in Control. It is important to remember that God is still in control, even if things around us seem to be in chaos (see Romans 11:33-36, p. 191).

6. The God of the Bible Is the One True God. While some insist on the existence of many gods, only the God of the Bible is the true, living God, worthy of our devotion (see 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, p. 206).

Who Is Jesus?

Throughout history many people have attempted to answer this question. Some have done so accurately, but many have not. Our best source for answering this question is-once again-God's own Word. The Bible presents us with some inescapable truths about Jesus that demand a response. Anyone who seriously studies Scripture to learn more about Jesus must answer two probing questions: more about Jesus must answer two probing questions: (1) What do you think of Jesus Christ? and (2) Who is he? The writer C. S. Lewis made this observation: "You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to" (Mere Christianity, rev. ed. [New York: Macmillan, 1952], 41).

Jesus was not just a good man. He was-and is-the God-man. Let's examine what the Bible has to say about Jesus.

1. Jesus Is Human. Jesus became our supreme example as God in human form (see Philippians 2:5-11, p. 248).

2. Jesus Is Divine. Even though Jesus became human, he still remained God (see Colossians 1:15-20, p. 254).

3. Jesus Had a Specific Mission to Accomplish. Jesus came to save humankind from sin (see Luke 4:16-21, p. 70).

4. Jesus Made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Jesus endured tremendous pain so that we could enjoy eternity with him (see 1 Peter 2:24, p. 307).

5. Jesus Has Great Power to Transform People. Jesus can change the most unlikely person into one of the most powerful witnesses on his behalf (see Acts 4:13, p. 140).

6. Jesus Has an Eternal Dominion. Jesus' Kingdom extends beyond the boundaries of space and time (see Revelation 1:4-8, p. 332).

Who Is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is the most mysterious member of the Trinity, which includes God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Spirit (or the Holy Spirit). Many struggle with the idea of God being three persons, yet one. Quite honestly, we will never fully grasp the concept this side of heaven.

Some, however, have wrongly thought of the Holy Spirit as more of an "it" than a "him." That is probably due in part to biblical descriptions of him as being like the wind or coming upon Jesus in the form of a dove, among other comparisons. Yet these descriptions must be balanced with the descriptions of the other members of the Trinity. For instance, Jesus referred to himself as "the bread of life" and "the good shepherd." In the same way, God the Father is referred to as "a refuge" and "a consuming fire." Does this mean that Jesus is a loaf of bread or a sheep farmer, or that the Father is a pile of rocks or a blast furnace? Of course not! These are simply metaphors used in Scripture to help communicate God's character. Likewise, the unique descriptions attributed to the Holy Spirit do not imply that the Holy Spirit is merely some "force" or "power." Jesus said this about the Holy Spirit: "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.... He will tell you about the future" (John 16:13). Note the use of the pronoun he. The Holy Spirit has a distinct personality, and he also has specific work that he wants to do in our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. Explore what the Bible says about him.

1. Who the Holy Spirit Helps. The Holy Spirit strengthens and empowers followers of Christ (see Acts 2:1-40, p. 136).

2. How the Holy Spirit Works with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit works alongside God the Father and Jesus, God's Son, to make our lives pleasing to God (see 1 Peter 1:2, p. 306).

3. Why God Gives Us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit's presence in our lives is God's mark of ownership (see Ephesians 1:13-14, p. 238).

4. How the Holy Spirit Works in Our Lives. The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ, enters our life at conversion, and empowers us as we allow him to work in our life (see John 14:15-17, p. 126).

5. When the Holy Spirit Can Be Sinned Against. There are six specific ways we can sin against the Holy Spirit (see Acts 5:1-10, p. 142).

6. Why Christians Need the Holy Spirit. Living the Christian life is impossible without the Holy Spirit's help (see Galatians 5:16-26, p. 230).

Continues...

Continues...


Excerpted from New Believer's Bible-Nlt by Greg Laurie Copyright © 1996 by Greg Laurie. Excerpted by permission.
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    perfect for new and growing christians

    This was the first bible I've ever had and I buy and reccomend it to everyone I can. It puts complicated terms in simplistic language that you can understand. I love this bible!!

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    The Word Of God

    Contemporary language translation for easier reading and understanding of God's Word. The notes are helpful for 'baby Christians' such as myself.

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    Unbelievable!

    With all the different kinds of Bibles out there, I think this one is the best. It gives you easy to read scriptures and study guides. It explains the hard to understand stuff in life. This is a great book for either a new Christian or old one.

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    My daughter describes this bible as 'awesome'.

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    A great learning Bible

    This is my first bible, and I love it, it is my favorite book. I enjoy reading it every night, and am even considering buying one for a friend! This bible has definetly helped me grow in my Christian walk with God. I highly recomend it - the translation is easy to understand, and there are sections called 'cornerstones' and they help to focus on specific verses. Buy it today!

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    Great!

    I am not a New Believer but this is the first Bible I have that I really enjoy reading! The passages are very easy to understand. The 'study helps' are great and very thought provoking. I would recommend this bible to anyone wanting a better understanding of the Word of God.

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