The Spirit Filled Life Bible equips you to realise the power of the Holy Spirit through its 'Kingdom Dynamics' based on solid scriptural teaching.
Now in his eighties, the pastor who grew the 18 member ‘First Foursquare Church’ of Van Nuys in California, into 10,000 strong ‘Church On The Way’, conceived the Spirit Filled Life Bible as a help for others to realise this same, dynamic, Kingdom building power.
Response to the Holy Spirit’s Compulsion
Writer of many books and more than 600 hymns and songs – including the 1978 worship chorus ‘Majesty’, Jack W Hayford knew this ‘Kingdom Dynamic’ wasn't limited to any one church tradition, so he pulled together representatives from more than twenty denominations and fellowships to prepare an NKJV based study Bible built on their shared Christian faith.
“The striking fact”, Hayford observed of this diverse community, “is that their movement together reflects not a lack of conviction about those points wherein they view Scripture and experience differently, but a response to the Holy Spirit’s compulsion.”
Scripture’s Dynamic Kingdom Building Power
Founded on their common beliefs in the virgin birth of Jesus, his sinless life and atoning death, resurrection and ascension into Heaven, this Hayford’s broad church of contributors presented the first Spirit-Filled Life Bible Study Bible the the Christian world in 1991.
From the start, the Spirit-Filled Life Bible was designed to release the power of the scriptures from a foundation of solid scholarship. In-text ‘Word Wealth’ panels let you in on what the scholars know; enhancing your understanding of words in the original biblical manuscripts.
But its the unique ‘Kingdom Dynamics’ feature, and the clear and simple ‘Truth in Action’ charts at the end of each Bible book, that equip you for Spirit-led kingdom building in your own life as well as in your world.
Appearance and Range of Spirit Filled Life Bibles
Surprisingly, even with its profusion of study notes, guides, maps and panels, this all-denominational study Bible is noticeably less cultured than many, proving the worth of the compilers focus and purpose: simply to set free the Spirit of God.
And, refreshingly, the range of editions is not bewilderingly huge. Perhaps the most impressive and desirable, though by no means cheapest is the new Spirit-Filled Life Leather-like Edition in Toffee Brown (see the Peek Box on this page). But it's worth visiting the Eden page for this Bible just for the Look Inside feature, representative of the range.
Based on the latest NKJV translations, it's fair to say that this is a study Bible to satisfy more mature and discerning Bible readers. Further support is found in a growing number of themed study guides such as ‘People of the Spirit’, which takes a close and objective look at the third person of the Trinity. And ‘The Spirit-Filled Life Study Guide to Psalms and Proverbs’ opening these well loved books to readers seeking to experience more of their Bible's ‘Kingdom Dynamic’.
March 17th, 2013 - Posted & Written by Les Ellison