NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible: Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word

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Find the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed scholars to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible. This outstanding resource offers a fresh look at the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit. This Bible addresses important issues of Spirit-filled living in the context of solid biblical scholarship.

Features include:

  • Kingdom Dynamics - 41 themes throughout the Bible that give us values as we advance the gospel throughout the world
  • Word Wealth - More than 550 key terms defined and brought to life, pulling the language from the original Greek and Hebrew into everyday English
  • Truth-In-Action - Charts with practical application from every book of the Bible
  • Detailed book introductions
  • Verse-by-verse study notes
  • 9-point type size

Spirit-Filled Life Bibles sold to date: More than 2 million

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ISBN-13: 9781401679279
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 2064
Sales rank: 593,070
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Jack Hayford is the founder and Chancellor of The King’s University, and founding pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, where he served as senior pastor for more than three decades. Since becoming pastor emeritus, this “pastor to pastors” has focused his efforts on issues of church leadership and pastoral ministry through the Jack W. Hayford School of Pastoral Nurture.Pastor Hayford has penned more than 50 books and composed 500 hymns and choruses.

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New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word

By Jack W. Hayford

Thomas Nelson

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ISBN: 978-1-4016-7933-0



Author: Traditionally Moses

Date: About 1440 BC

Theme: Beginnings

Key Words: Create, Covenant, Genealogy


Jewish tradition lists Moses as the author of Genesis and of the next four books. Together these books are called the Pentateuch. Jesus-said, "If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me" (Jn 5:46). The Pentateuch itself depicts Moses as having written extensively. See Exodus 17:14; 24:4; Deuteronomy 31:24. Acts 7:22 tells us that "Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians." In the notes accompanying the text we observe a number of loanwords from Egyptian that are found in Genesis, a fact which suggests that the original author had his roots in Egypt, as did Moses.


The traditional date of the exodus from Egypt is the mid-fifteenth century BC. First Kings 6:1 states that Solomon began building the temple "in the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt." Solomon is thought to have begun construction about 960 BC, dating the exodus about 1440 BC. So Moses wrote Genesis after 1440 BC, during the forty years in the wilderness.


Genesis opens with the formation of the solar system, the preparation of the land for habitation, and the creation of life on the earth. All of the eight acts of creation are accomplished in six days.

The subsequent ten chapters explain the origins of many mysterious qualities of life: human sexuality, marriage, sin, sickness, pain in childbearing, death, the wrath of God, man's enmity toward man and the dispersion of races and languages throughout the earth.

Genesis, beginning in chapter 12, recounts the call of Abraham and the inauguration of God's covenant with him, a glorious, eternal covenant renewed with Isaac and Jacob. Genesis is remarkable for its exquisite narrative, highlighted by the inspiring account of Joseph and the divine preservation and multiplication of the people of God in Egypt. It is a lesson in divine election, as Paul recounts in Romans 9.

Genesis in many ways anticipates the New Testament: the very personal God, the Trinity, the institution of marriage, the seriousness of sin, divine judgment, and righteousness by faith. The tree of life, lost in Genesis, is restored in Revelation 22.

Genesis concludes with the blessing of Jacob upon Judah, from whose tribe was to come the Messiah: "The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his" (49:10). Many centuries and many struggles will follow before this prophecy finds its fulfillment in Jesus-Christ.

Personal Application

Genesis immediately brings into question many secular world views, so serious Genesis students must become accustomed to thinking differently. We must perceive the world and its history as the ancient Biblical authors reveal it. For example, the narratives of chapters 1–3 are not to be understood allegorically but as actual history. The Word of God must always stand above the word of man; we are not to judge his Word, but rather, it judges us. Therefore, ancient Hebrews should not be thought of as primitive simply because they relate reality differently. Rationalized Greek thinking about world realities may be our heritage, but it is not always true.

Genesis teaches many other lessons as well: Abraham is our example of faith (15:6; Gal 3:7); Joseph's life is an exquisite sermon for all who suffer unfairly and is a challenge to faithfulness in this age of undisciplined permissiveness.

Finally, we understand human nature properly only as we grasp the truth of "original sin." When Adam sinned, all of us not only sinned but inherited a resident sin nature (8:21; Ro 5:19; 7:18). Only a Savior can deal effectively with this inherited natural corruption.

Christ Revealed

The preexistent Christ, the living Word, was very much involved in the creation. "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made" (Jn 1:3). Jesus' ministry is anticipated in Genesis 3:15, suggesting that the "offspring" of the woman who will bruise the serpent's (Satan's) head is Jesus-Christ, the "seed" of Abraham mentioned by Paul in Galatians 3:16. Melchizedek is the mysterious king-priest of chapter 14. Since Jesus-Christ is both King and high priest, the letter to the Hebrews makes this appropriate identification (Heb 6:20).

The greatest revelation of Christ in Genesis is found in God's establishment of his covenant with Abraham in chapters 15 and 17. God made glorious promises to Abraham, and Jesus is the major fulfillment of those promises, a truth explained in detail by Paul in Galatians. Much of the Bible is built upon the Abrahamic covenant and its flowering in Jesus Christ.

The dramatic story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac at God's command bears a startling similarity to the crucial event of the New Testament. "Take ... your only son, whom you love–Isaac–... Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering" (22:2) reminds us of God's willingness to sacrifice his only Son for the sins of the world.

Finally, Jacob's blessing upon Judah anticipates the coming of "he to whom it belongs," to be identified as the Messiah, "and the obedience of the nations shall be his" (49:10).

The Holy Spirit at Work

"The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters" (1:2). Thus we find the Spirit involved in creation. The Holy Spirit also worked in Joseph, a fact obvious to Pharaoh: "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?" (41:38).

Although the Holy Spirit is otherwise not mentioned in Genesis, we see his work in drawing the animals from the four corners of the earth into Noah's boat. We also perceive his working throughout the lives of the patriarchs as he protected them and their families and as he blessed them materially. All sorts of difficulties and impossible situations beset the chosen family, frustrating, if possible, the fulfillment of God's promises to Abraham; but the Spirit of God supernaturally resolved every challenge.

The Beginning

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.

6 And God said, "Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.

9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.

14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.

20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, s according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.

24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals u according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Adam and Eve

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die."

18 The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man."

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

The Fall

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

4 "You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"

10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"

The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

16 To the woman he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,'

"Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Cain and Abel

4 Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man." 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering – fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.


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Table of Contents


Introduction to the New Spirit-Filled Life® Bible, vi,
Editors and Contributors, viii,
Kingdom Dynamics (with Index), xii,
Word Wealth (with Index), xvii,
Truth-In-Action (with Index), xxiv,
Charts, xxvi,
In-Text Maps, xxvii,
Preface to the New International Version®, xxviii,
Books of the Old and New Testaments and Their Abbreviations, xxxi,
The Old Testament, xxxiii,
Bridging the Testaments, 1202,
Harmony of the Gospels, 1204,
The New Testament, 1211,
Dealing With "Last Things"–The Rapture, Second Coming and Millennium, 1699,
In Studying the Book of Revelation, 1703,
Holy Spirit Gifts and Power, 1741,
The Holy Spirit and Restoration, 1748,
Aflame With Passion for World Evangelism, 1753,
The Believer's Potential and Pathway for Ministering Healing to the Nations, 1756,
Understanding Messianic Jewish Ministry, 1760,
How to Lead a Person to the Savior, 1767,
Concordance, 1773,

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NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible: Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mae4G More than 1 year ago
I have 2 older editions of the NIV New Spirit Filled Life Bible and love them, love them, love them!!! I am excited to see a Nook version available.
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Equipper More than 1 year ago
I have been reading and studying using The Spirit Filled Life Bible for a few months now and I am truly impressed with the quality, depth and richness of the materials included. You will find the Holy Spirit continually revealed throughout the Bible and in our daily lives. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed scholars to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible.  It is an outstanding resource, which offers a fresh look at the work of the Holy Spirit in the work of God and the people of God in every book of the Bible.  Those who seek to discover the reality of the Holy Spirit in Bible and in the believer’s life today will grow in God as they study the 41 kingdom Dynamic themes, the more than 550 Word Wealth Studies from the Hebrew and Greek which make the Word come alive, the Truth in Action life application materials at the end of each Biblical Book, the well written introductions for each book and verse by verse study notes. The print or typeface is easy to read and the pages are well organized and uncluttered. The design or lay out makes it enjoyable to use. The binding seems sturdy and the Bible lies open well for study. My only complaint is the pinkish highlights of the word wealth sections. I would have preferred gray or green. 
SUPATRUPA More than 1 year ago
I received “The New Spirit Filled Life Study Bible, New International Version" from Thomas Nelson Publishers for review. I previously reviewed the same Bible in the New King James and New Living Translation/Version, and have many of the same opinions about the NIV as I do about the NKJV and NLT. CROSS-REFERENCES: I formerly used a study bible that contained cross-references in the sub-headings of each chapter. For instance, if the parable of the sower was named in Matthew 13, it also provided the “address” to see the passage at Mark 4, and conversely. This study Bible does not have this feature. There are still margin and footnote cross-references (in smaller print, of course), but not the quick cross-referencing that I was used to. COLOR SCHEMES: I am not a fan of the color scheme in the NIV Bible compared to the color scheme of the NLT Bible. The NKJV employed a blue/gray hue, while the NLT employs a maroon/black hue. The NIV, however, is comprised of its notes sections in two shades of pink for "Word Wealth" and "Truth in Action" sections, and gray in "Kingdom Dynamics" sections. As a man, I honestly am not sure I'd want to be seen in a public place reading a pink-tinted book. You may call it trivial, but it's just the way it is. This kind of stuff matters to guys. So, the ladies might appreciate the color schemes of this version. The following headings contain similar opinions as were written for the NKJV and NLT: WORD WEALTH: Each book contains several Word Wealth insets. These are small boxes that pertain to particular words in the text that the editors believed would be helpful. What is great is that these boxes are not filled with an author’s personal opinions, or how a particular denomination believes. Instead, words are lightly dissected in their Hebrew or Greek usage. This feature does some of the legwork for those times when you wish you had an exhaustive concordance handy. KINGDOM DYNAMICS: Another similar inset box contained within the text is this Kingdom Dynamics feature. This box contains information for how the text applies to the Kingdom of God, what the first hearers/believers were experiencing, etc. It provides a more detailed commentary about an important theme in the passage. This commentary is slightly different from those “bottom-of-the-page” commentaries where a particular author tells you what s/he believes about, let’s say, the “rapture” for example. COMMENTARY: So naturally, this brings me to the next point: commentaries. Have you ever read a study Bible by so-and-so and you wished s/he would leave personal or debatable opinions out of it? That’s been done in this Bible. Since there are so many contributors to this Bible, it is highly unlikely they all believed the same things on those debatable issues. And those opinions have been omitted from the commentaries. So if you’re looking for someone to tell you what to believe at all turns, this isn’t the Bible for you. VERSE DIVISIONS: This version makes the reading more readable than the NKJV. Where the NKJV chopped each verse into a new line, the NIV is written more in paragraph form. For example, if you’re reading Acts 1:10-11 in the NKJV, it looks like this: 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said… I don’t like it that way because it’s choppy. Do you remember your high school or college literature class where you were required to read a poem aloud? I know you didn’t do this, but as you listened to your classmates read the poem line by line, you and everyone else could tell when one line concluded and the next began. It sounded choppy rather than “flowy”. That’s what this broken-verse format does in this Bible, so I’ll just come out and say it: I hate this feature. Although I’m relatively certain the editors’ rationale was to make each verse easier to find in rapid searches, I’m positively against chopping up paragraphs like this. ‘Nuff said. But the NIV reads more like how a person would expect literature to appear. TRUTH-IN-ACTION: This section completes each book. Numerical references throughout the Biblical text may point the reader to one or more of these points. The Truth section briefly explains the history behind the passage’s theme. The Action section describes what the Holy Spirit intends for us to do with the given theme or information in the text. It’s brilliant! For what good is reading the Bible if we don’t also make life application? RATING & RECOMMENDATION: I give the NIV 3 1/2 stars. I'm not much of a fan of the NIV translation itself, nor am I a fan of the pink tint, but all that said, this one is still a good study Bible...especially for those who like pink :-) You'll have to decide whether you like NIV, NLT, or NKJV reading. In any case, you won't be disappointed. DISCLAIMER: I received this Bible free of charge from Thomas Nelson Publishers (Book Look Bloggers) in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are mine. I was not threatened or coerced in any way to provide a positive review.
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible (New International Version), published by Thomas Nelson is an awesome study bible. There are tons of study tools packed within the text of this traditional translation of the Bible. There are chapter introductions, which are awesome for helping the reader really understand what is going on at the time that each book was written, as well as pertinent information such as the time frame of the writing, and the author of the text. There are tons of little boxes that appear with key terms in them, as well as their definition, to help you get more out of your reading. There are also plenty of graphics, mostly in the form of maps that also add to your understanding of the geography of Biblical times. I find this especially useful, particularly in the New Testament when we follow Jesus as he travels. This Bible also offers an end of chapter overview, which is unique. This feature uses a chart to highlight the truths that were revealed in the chapter, and also offers up practical examples, and ways to incorporate these truths into daily life. Overall, I would say that this Bible is a wonderful study tool, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a study Bible. Lots of extra features to really help you understand the Word. Love this Bible.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The newest edition of the New Spirit Filled Life Bible- Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word- Jack W. Hayford is now available in the easy to read New International Version (NIV). Joined together in this bible is both the popular Spirit Filled bible which was previously available in the KJV or NKJV and the more modern easy to read NLT. Thomas Nelson publishers has many themed bibles, but most of them are available only in the New King James translation. Therefore making this bible available in NIV makes the bible more accessible to so many more readers who find the KJV or NKJ too antiquated. This themed bible places emphasis on spiritual gifts and is consistent charismatic Christian tradition which places emphasis on modern day spiritual gifts such as tongues. This issue of spiritual gifts is divisive enough to cause distinct denominations within the Christian church. Nevertheless, the ideas of spiritual gifts is not a major doctrine and therefore not an issue of theology that is fundamental to faith. The idea behind charismatic believers is that the gift of tongues and other physical miracles from the ancient church and apostles is still available today to all believers. And then there are bible believers who are just as solid in their faith who believe that these spiritual signs are no longer available having served their purpose in the early church and Jesus' lifetime and that Jesus is the only testimony we need. Furthermore, charismatic churches believe in a second "installment" or "infusion" of the Holy Spirit distinct from what the believer receives when he is born again. These concepts are very well explained in the articles and reference materials in the back of this bible. Basically anything you wanted to know about the history and biblical roots of the charismatic movement is here in this bible! This bible is like Charismatics 101- an introductory course as well as more advanced indepth material as well. Within the bible text there are sidebars of information clearly designated from the bible text. The reader will find concepts such as "Word Wealth" and "Kingdom Dynamic" which provides more information and expands on biblical concepts, theology and terminology. The end of the bible books include "Truth in Action" charts as well. All these helps draw the reader into a deeper understanding of the bible and its message. Word Wealth is basically like a dictionary, defining a specific word or concept. The only issue is that it references the "Strong's" text which many reader might be unfamiliar with. There are also maps and charts throughout. The subtle insertion of color breaks up the monotony of the columns and sets apart the biblical helps. Yet along with the two column format, the extensive notes on the bottom and the references in the center column, the bible text looks a bit too broken up and choppy. This is not a problem for those who appreciate the wealth of study helps available in this single bible volume. One other issue is that the pages are super thin and delicate. In fact, on a humid day, the pages curled up like waves just like my own hair on a humid day! I imagine this technical production issue can not be helped as many study bibles have thin pages. The irony of this situation is that the heavier use a bible is likely to get because it is a study bible, the thinner the pages tend to be! Yet to keep the size of the bible manageable, and rom weighing as much as a watermelon, this "onion skin" or tissue type of paper is the best option in the manufacturing process. The same scholarly helps and notes available in the other translations are here in the NIV. I believe this lends academic and scholarly credibility to the NIV version which frequently is dismissed by elitists or traditionalists who feel that nothing less than the KJV or NKJV is adequate. As a blogger for bookszeeze I received this bible published by Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review