Mission of God Study Bible — Free Give Away

I had the rare privilege of contributing notes for a recently published study Bible edited by Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation, The Mission of God Study Bible. I found contributing something that was going into a study Bible a very weighty thing. Some people don’t like study Bibles. I do like them, though I mostly read from a Bible with no notes. But study Bibles have their place, and I have found the notes in them very helpful. My all-time favorite study Bible is The Reformation Study Bible edited by R. C. Sproul. I refer back to that one often. The Mission of God Study Bible looks to be a good addition, and if you value study notes from various perspectives, I think this one will add to your library.

I like the opening declaration of the purpose of The Mission of God study notes and how to use them.

“The Mission of God Study Bible exists for the same reason all things exist: to point us to the glory of God. The Scriptures are given by God as a revelation of Himself and to call us to redemption. Throughout the process of His revelatory work, God is honored and we can become the beneficiaries of His grace. 

In the preparation of this study Bible, our hope is that you will clearly learn how God, in His great mercy, is active in creation to bring about the work of redeeming people and eventually restoring creation. The Scriptures exist for this purpose, and we have endeavored to create a study edition of the Bible that traces how God reveals Himself through redemption and restoration.”

The editors of the study Bible also have their own personal books recently released. Ed Stetzer’s Subversive Kingdom: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation is an intriguing book about how our understanding of the Kingdom of God transforms and empowers authentic gospel living in our culture. “Kingdom citizens minister grace out of grace,” he says.

Philip Nation, along with Michael Kelley and Eric Geiger, have written Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow. It’s a cool book because it incorporates solid research of effective church practices with clear Bible principles and much personal experience. The authors distinguish between nontransformational and transformational discipleship. Nontransformational discipleship “may provide education, improve behavior, increase happiness, add value, or make the disciple more skilled at a craft. But these are just changes. It’s the reskinning of the same thing on the inside.” Information is not good discipleship. Behavior modification is not good discipleship. Jesus calls us to and equips us for something altogether different, and this book is a good resource for anyone who wants to think deeply through what does and does not accomplish such a thing.

I have two copies of The Mission of God Study Bible to give away. To enter the drawing, just make a comment below and check back on Tuesday to see if you won.

*Winners are Modern Day Disciple, Sandra Peoples, and Sandra S.   Email me at theologyforwomen@gmail.com with your address.*

52 Responses to Mission of God Study Bible — Free Give Away

  1. Modern Day Disciple October 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Oh , I love the sound of this Bible as well as the Reformation one. I especially love the Mission Statement of the Bible you are giving away! I use a number of Bibles for different situations. For Sunday School Prep, or prayer group, or curling up to read. Count me in. I just have to remember to check back Tuesday! Thanks for a chance to win. Love your blog – fairly new to you.

  2. Marleah October 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I agree with “Modern Day Disciple”….the mission statement alone gets me excited and brings conviction. I love all your posts and am blessed by your heart. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win such a great resource!

  3. Sandy October 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    Commenting here also! Tranformational Discipleship-what a wonderful way to express how we really change.

  4. twiga92 October 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    Ooh, this Bible has been on my wishlist for a while. Would love to get a copy. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  5. becca October 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    This sounds like a really great study Bible! Might have to purchase it even if I don't win! 🙂

  6. thegregs October 8, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    I don't currently use a study Bible but would love to start. Thanks for the chance to be a part of the giveaway, and thanks for your words of wisdom in this blog!

  7. Ruth in NZ October 8, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Sound like some interesting books. I would love to have a copy of the study Bible. Not sure if I am eligible being out of the States and that's fine if not. I quite understand! I love the different resources coming available to help people think through how faith actually changes us and the whole tension of that change in our nature vs behaviour. Great to be challenges on these things.
    P.S. Your word verification things is very challenging! This is my 12th try to get it right!

  8. Sarah S. October 8, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    We have really benefitted from The Reformation Study Bible, too. Thanks for letting us know of this new study Bible, too, and neat that you got to be involved with it. Chewing on that last bit about discipleship philosophy, too!

  9. Wendy October 8, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    I hate that thing too. I've turned it off temporarily. If I don't get swamped with spam comments, I'll leave it off.

  10. Jennifer S. October 8, 2012 at 2:58 am #

    I like free things! And study bibles!

  11. Alicia October 8, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    Renewed and transformed — i've not ever used a study bible; your words that “Jesus calls us to and equips us for something more” resonates deep within.

  12. Henna Maria October 8, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    Thanks for the Bible give-away and recommendations! Transformational discipleship sounds very interesting. I love studying Bible so winning would be wonderful 🙂

  13. Rebecca October 8, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    Thank you for the give away. The Bible sounds wonderful. I'm also excited to check out the other 2 books.

  14. Ruth in NZ October 8, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Thank you. I eventually realised that the picture part was part of the verification so it was mainly my own fault! LOL I was getting slightly frustrated though when I was so sure I got it right EACH time only to be told I hadn't. 🙂

  15. Ruth in NZ October 8, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Thank you. I eventually realised that the picture part was part of the verification so it was mainly my own fault! LOL I was getting slightly frustrated though when I was so sure I got it right EACH time only to be told I hadn't. 🙂

  16. Daniel Suh October 8, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    How generous, thank you for the giveaway!
    As a college student with an appetite to learn more about Scripture, I've been looking for a well written study bible.
    Even if I don't win, I think I'll check out/buy this new edition.

  17. Donna Banks October 8, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I use a study Bibles often and would love to have a new and fresh one to turn to.

  18. Eric October 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Thank you so much for offering the Bible in a give away. I love my ESV study Bible but this also sounds great and Congrats on being a contributor!

  19. Kellie October 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Sounds like a great study Bible to have. Thank you for offering the giveaway.

  20. Jean October 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Useful study bible, thanks for offering in a giveaway.

  21. Ann Beaulieu October 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Love study Bibles! I am entering although I don't know if I am eligible since I am Canadian. May times I am not, which is sort of a bummer! But I guess it is because of shipping fees! Which I don't understand because I myself order most of my books from amazon.com and the shipping is not that expensive.

    Anyways, love and always appreciate your deep thinking and writing on the Gospel. Thank you for pushing us deeper in our reflection.


  22. leslie October 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    looks like a good study Bible!

  23. jennrobinson01 October 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    I love the fact that this is a 'big picture' Bible, according to the mission statement. It seeks to show the redemptive plan of God from Genesis to Revelation! Yes! Love that! 🙂


  24. Kristine Hunter October 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Sounds like a nice new Bible. So appreciate your thoughts on the gospel.

  25. brandy allingham October 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    i would love to have this bible!

  26. rosalie October 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Sounds like a great study Bible. Is it ESV?

  27. Persis October 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

  28. amyanne October 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Would love this. 😉

  29. Kris Hazelbaker October 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I so enjoy your blog Wendy. You always give me food for thought. As a natural resource professional (silviculturist) I am intrigued by the statement “our hope is that you will clearly learn how God, in His great mercy, is active in creation to bring about the work of redeeming people and eventually restoring creation”. I have a “through a glass darkly” understanding of how the ecology of our world works – enough to long for the day when we will see it work the way God intended it to!

  30. Terri October 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    I trust you for a good Bible version.

  31. erikamichelle October 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    sounds like a great resource.

  32. Sandra October 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great study Bible! Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Sandra October 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great study Bible! Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Julie Kurrasch October 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I would love to win this Bible. Thank you for your awesome blog!

  35. Sarah October 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    sounds great! would love a chance to win!

  36. Rev. Keith Jones October 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I've heard a lot about this Bible–loved Christopher Wright's The Mission of God. Would love to win one!

  37. Sara October 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I've enjoyed lurking and never commenting. Would love to win. 🙂

  38. Lori October 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    This would be a great Bible to pass on to a new believer.

  39. Sandra S. October 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    I'd love the Bible. I'm a newer believer whose husband doesn't allow for expenditures such as study Bibles. Thanks for the opportunity.

  40. Katie October 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    I'd love to have this Bible. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  41. Haley Olson October 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    We appreciate the giveaway! Your blog has been a source of much-needed wisdom, encouragement, and challenge to me.

    *I'll be moving your way (to Seattle) in the spring!!! This would be the perfect Bible to start my post-college life in December.

  42. Kelley October 9, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Consider me entered!

  43. Janna October 9, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    This sounds like a great study Bible- thanks for having the giveaway!

  44. Sarah Moore October 9, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    Sounds very interesting. I'd love to read this!

  45. Shelby Prince October 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    This would be amazing! Consider this my entry!! 🙂 Thanks for writing.

  46. tsaiklops October 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Thank you for this giveaway, and for your blog!

  47. Wendy October 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Winners are Modern Day Disciple and Sandra Peoples. Sandra S., I have an extra copy I'd like to send you as well. If you all will email me at theologyforwomen@gmail.com with your address, I'll get those in the mail to you.

  48. Allison October 10, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Thank you for this givewaway!

  49. Modern Day Disciple October 11, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Thanks! SO thrilled. E-mailed you!

  50. heather October 16, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    Wow, I'd love to win a copy! I so appreciates the thoughts you share on this blog. Thank you for being so open and honest.

  51. mergie1979@yahoo.com May 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    not gonna lie and claim to be a crhistian but i will say that i am not or religion and there has got to be something and someone somewheres because the word is given by His inspiration..i am a mother of 6 children..oldest being 18 getting ready to graduate and my youngest being now 8 years old in 1st grade..so just as everyone else in this world today, i am very financially poor, dont know if its too late to win that bible book or not but its worth trying..hope ya all have a safe and nice day…nuff said i recon..take care everyone
    …tina marie hales, in hope mills north carolina

  52. Wendy May 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Tina Marie, if you email your address to theologyforwomen@gmail.com, I'll send you two copies of the study Bible.