NIV The Journey Bible: Revealing God and How You Fit into His Plan

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NIV The Journey Bible: Revealing God and How You Fit into His Plan by Zondervan

Ideal for new believers—or anyone exploring the Bible for the first time.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”—Jeremiah 29:13

The Journey is uniquely designed to help you discover the practical aspects of Christianity and better understand God. Based on the REVEAL study from the Willow Creek Association, this Bible is intended for anyone in the investigative stage of their spiritual journey. The Journey’s exploratory approach addresses key questions you may have about the Bible and its relevance today. Notes and insights are woven throughout the complete NIV Bible text, drawing you into the message and pointing the way toward a relationship with Jesus. Icons trace seven "explorer" themes throughout Scripture: “Discovering God,” "Jesus, the Christ," “Addressing Questions,” “Strengthening Relationships,” “Reasons to Believe,” “Knowing Yourself,” "Why Jesus? “and “Managing Resources.” Also included in The Journey are introductory articles that define key concepts involved in being a spiritually open person; book introductions; indexes; a dictionary/concordance, and a “Five Alive” reading plan covering Genesis, Deuteronomy, John, Acts, and Romans.

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ISBN-13: 9780310441663
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 1728
Sales rank: 323,054
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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NIV The Journey Bible

By Zondervan Bible Publishers


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ISBN: 978-0-310-44166-3


Introduction toMATTHEW

This book is titled after its author, a tax collector who became one of Jesus' disciples. Matthew wrote this book to Jewish people who were looking for the fulfillment of God's promise to send them a king—but showed how Jesus was a different kind of leader than they'd expected.

The Bottom Line

This book begins the second part of the Bible. It is one of four different accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus called the Gospels (which means "good news"). Each Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) contains similar teachings about Jesus, but each also has its own slant. Matthew was a social outcast. Because he worked for the Roman government, he was wealthy but disliked. Yet one day he met Jesus, and his life was never the same (see Matthew 9:9 [page 1249]). This book shows that Jesus wants all people—even "successful losers"—to become his followers. Matthew points out the many connections between Jesus' teaching and the Old Testament. He shows us that Jesus is the fulfillment of all the promises made concerning the Jewish Messiah, the Savior of the world. This book serves as a great bridge between the two parts of the Bible, showing the same God at work but in a fresh way—he has come down to earth and become a man.

Central Ideas

• Jesus fulfills all of God's promises to humanity—he's the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

• Jesus, who walked this earth, was God in the flesh.

• Jesus turned the wisdom of this world upside down (see Matthew 5 [page 1242]).

• Religiosity is a big threat to a relationship with God (see Matthew 23 [page 1270]).


• Jesus' birth and early years (chs. 1–2)

• Beginnings of Jesus' ministry (3:1–4:11)

• Jesus' ministry in Galilee (4:12–14:12)

• Jesus withdraws from Galilee (14:13–18:35)

• Jesus' ministry in Judea and Perea (chs. 19–20)

• Jesus' last week (chs. 21–27)

• Jesus' resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven (ch. 28)

Stress. It's so very common and so very fatal.

According to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every week, over 24,000 Americans have a heart attack, and 13,000 die of heart failure. Strangely, the highest number of heart attacks occur on Mondays. Why then? Because Monday is the day most of us go back to work. Stress contributes to job dissatisfaction, reduced productivity in the workplace, family conflict and divorce.

When people turn to religion to find peace, often just the opposite happens. Organized religion can become just one more source of stress. "I know I ought to be more 'spiritual,'" some say, "but whenever I go to church, I end up just feeling more guilty. If there is some kind of reward in the hereafter, how can I know if I've done enough? I sure hope there's no hell, but how can I be sure?"

Our view of what God is like and what he wants is the basis for our spiritual stress. When we picture God demanding more from us all the time, we never can know if he's satisfied.

But Jesus, God's Son, promised a way of living that offers rest, not stress.

The Old Testament of the Bible tells how the people, at God's direction, made offerings of animal's or produce as a way to cover, or atone for, their wrongdoing. That might sound like the people were doing the giving. But God's instructions included the understanding that he was providing those things for them to give back to him—they were, after all, the animals he created, and his power made crops grow. The Israelites were told that the sacrifices to God were a gift from God.

As you begin to read the New Testament, you will read about Jesus of Nazareth and discover what he teaches and does. You will notice this theme: Jesus is the final, once-and-for-all atoning sacrifice. Unlike in the Old Testament where a sheep or a goat was offered, the New Testament highlights how God's only Son sacrificed his life as payment for our sins. It may seem difficult to fully understand, but God gave Jesus over to death because he loves us. He did this as a gift to us. But in order for us to fully experience this gift, God wants us to accept it fully. What Jesus did by paying the price for us and then inviting us to live in a relationship with him is what enables the "rest" he talks about to actually become a reality in our experience. Matthew 11:28 (page 1252) tells you about his invitation to give you rest.


The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife, 7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiahc and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, 15 Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us").

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

The Magi Visit the Messiah

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusatem 2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:

6 "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

The Escape to Egypt

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."

14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."

16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18 "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."

The Return to Nazareth

19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."

21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

"A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"

4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

7 But when he saw many of the Phari sees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

Jesus Is Tested in the wilderness

4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written:

"'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"

7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."

10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—

16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Heals the Sick

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.


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Table of Contents


Alphabetical Order of the Books of the Bible, vii,
What Is a Spiritual Explorer?, viii,
How to Seek God, x,
A Summary of the Bible, xiii,
Who Is Jesus?, xvii,
Jesus' Famous One-Liners, xx,
Crossing the Line: How to Follow Jesus, xxii,
Defining Moments of the Old Testament, xxiv,
Defining Moments of the New Testament, xxv,
Five Alive Reading Plan, Book Summaries and Main Themes, xxvi,
Old Testament,
Introduction to Genesis, 1,
Introduction to Exodus, 72,
Introduction to Leviticus, 122,
Introduction to Numbers, 158,
Introduction to Deuteronomy, 210,
Introduction to Joshua, 258,
Introduction to Judges / Ruth, 289,
Introduction to 1 and 2 Samuel, 327,
Introduction to 1 and 2 Kings, 398,
Introduction to 1 and 2 Chronicles, 468,
Introduction to Ezra / Nehemiah / Esther, 549,
Introduction to Job, 593,
Introduction to Psalms, 643,
Introduction to Proverbs / Ecclesiastes, 785,
Introduction to Song of Songs, 851,
Introduction to Isaiah, 864,
Introduction to Jeremiah / Lamentations, 965,
Introduction to Ezekiel / Daniel, 1065,
Introduction to The Minor Prophets, 1143,
New Testament,
Introduction to Matthew, 1235,
Introduction to Mark, 1281,
Introduction to Luke, 1310,
Introduction to John, 1355,
Introduction to Acts, 1396,
Introduction to Romans, 1440,
Introduction to 1 and 2 Corinthians, 1467,
Introduction to Galatians, 1499,
Introduction to Ephesians, 1509,
Introduction to Philippians, 1518,
Introduction to Colossians, 1526,
Introduction to 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1533,
Introduction to 1 and 2 Timothy /Titus / Philemon, 1543,
Introduction to Hebrews, 1561,
Introduction to James, 1578,
Introduction to 1 and 2 Peter, 1586,
Introduction to 1, 2 and 3 John / Jude, 1598,
Introduction to Revelation, 1611,
Table of Weights and Measures, 1639,
About the NIV, 1640,
Where to Find It, 1643,
Titles of Jesus, 1647,
Explorer Studies, 1650,
Subject Index, 1664,
NIV Dictionary/Concordance, 1669,

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a shame, but the words throughout are broken up with random spacing. If only I could return for a refund :(
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NIV The Journey Bible by Zondervan The Journey Bible is what I would call a study bible with easy-to-read narrative and short  spark notes  summaries. The commentary is "nice and sweet" kind of read making it easy to understand. Personal Stories, Indexes, Concordance are included in this Bible. This, as the title states, is an NIV translation. Not the best out of all Translation as it does leave out good measures of scripture found in other translations, but the bible has a good outer-and inner written content to it. Overall this Bible is pretty good. There are nice additions to it, yet the color is bland. The tools are very useful and I find them to be easy to understand. It also has a Bible Devotional system called "Five Alive", where you can start at a particular book in the Bible. The Personal Stories laced in throughout the book is also a nice touch. These few Commentaries mentioned have a heart-to-heart feel and backup with scripture well. The typeface and print is nice. I really like the one page column look with this bible, it gives it a less crowded look and easy flow than constricted two column pages but the obvious compromise is the size of the overall bible and the size of the font. I recommend this as a first time Bible for people who really want to start off fresh and willing to learn with a hectic lifestyle. Take a few minutes and dive in to this Bible knowing you will read everything you need to. Not to mention setting a D.A.T.E  with God.  +++++++++++ Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
The Journey Bible is a seeker sensitive resource for the Willowcreek Community. Willowcreek is Bill Hybel’s megachurch out in Illinois. “The Journey” theme is one of the keywords / buzz phrases that Willowcreek uses a lot in their campus verbiage. When I first received the Bible for review, I noticed right away how it reminded me of the “Good News for the Modern Man bible. The Good News came out in 1966 and was marketed as a Bible for the every day person and written in a “relevant” format. The Journey Bible is printed on newsprint and is very “tall” in its profile. So right away it feels and looks very substantial. Second, even though it is the familiar NIV translation, it has a very approachable layout. The Journey Bible takes an “exploratory approach addressing key questions inquisitive readers may have about the Bible and its relevance for today.” Of course there are notes and insights woven throughout the complete text, many of which are designed to draw busy readers into the Bible’s core message and point the way to a relationship with Jesus. In fact, if you look at the Bible from the edge, you will quickly see that key books are “highlighted” by markings on the paper’s edge – pointing “the way” from Genesis to the book of Romans. The helpful iconography follow six “seeker themes” through the Journey Bible: Discovering God Addressing Questions Strengthening Relationships Reasons to Believe Knowing Yourself Managing Resources I think this would make a great “gift Bible” for any new Believer, or it would also make a great “camp Bible” for a camper or counselor. Thank you to Zondervan and Booklook for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.