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The Swindoll Study Bible offers the best of Chuck Swindoll’s wit, charm, pastoral insight, and wise biblical study directly to you as you study God’s Word. Chuck’s warm, personal style comes across on every page, and his informed, practical insights get straight to the heart of the Bible’s message for the world today. Reading each part of this study Bible is like hearing Chuck speak God’s Word directly to your heart. It will both encourage readers’ faith and draw them deeper into the study of God’s Word.
In Chuck’s own words:
“This study Bible was designed with you in mind. As you read the Scriptures, imagine me sitting beside you and sharing personal stories, important insights, and hard-earned lessons that will encourage you to walk more closely with Jesus Christ. You’ll discover the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the Bible. Who wrote it and when? What does it mean, and where did its events occur? Why should I trust it? And most importantly, how can I apply it today?
“It’s that last question more than any other that has fed my passion to publish this Bible. My primary focus in ministry has been teaching biblical insight for living—for genuine life change. After all, that’s why God communicated His Word to us—that we may become like His Son, Jesus Christ, the central figure of this Book.”
Living Insights: Over 1,600 study notes throughout Scripture developed straight out of Chuck’s proven sermons. Drawn from Chuck’s sermons during his ministry of fifty-plus years, these brief notes highlight important teachings from the Scriptures. It is like having Chuck sit right alongside you as you read Scripture, pointing out the things he’d like to pass along to you.
Application Articles: Full-page articles adapted from Chuck's sermons, where Chuck explains important passages in his winsome and engaging style. These articles have all the wit, charm, personal stories, and clear biblical wisdom that you have come to expect from listening to Chuck’s sermons on the radio, each complete with a few main points from the passage for you to take away and apply directly to your life.
Introductions provide enlightening answers to five key questions that orient readers to essential details and themes, helping you understand what each individual book of the Bible is all about. These introductions follow the format of answering five key questions: Who Wrote the Book? gives you insight into the person or people God used to record this book of Scripture. Where Are We? addresses the key details about the book’s setting, such as the date of writing and the political or social situation the author and audience were facing. Why Is This Book So Important? covers the unique contribution each book makes to the Bible. What’s the Big Idea? highlights one or more big themes that the book covers, giving you an idea of what to look for as you read. How Do I Apply This? brings the message of the book right home to you, reminding you that the Bible is always about life change. Each book introduction also includes a chart showing the book’s structure and highlighting important verses, themes, and events that will help you see how the book holds together. Most books also include a map to help orient you to the real-world places where the events of the book took place.
Prayer Moments are brief prayers adapted from the ones Chuck delivers at the end of each of his sermons. These prayers apply the message of the Scriptures, asking God for help in living out the truth He is teaching His people.
Holy Land Tour stops will take you on a journey through the lands of the Bible. This tour visits many major archeological and geographical sites that relate to the Bible in some way, and each tour stop explains why a site is important in the Scriptures and includes a photo of the site or an artifact related to that place. It is almost like being on a bus tour of the Holy Land with Chuck and his team! You will find six unique guided tours that will walk you through several tour stops arranged around a theme.
People Profiles highlight key figures in the biblical story with an eye to the lessons from their lives that will hit home for Christians today. Each of these full-page features also contains a section highlighting key facts about the person’s family and setting, the key lessons you can take away from their life, and guidance on where in the Bible you can learn more about them.
Charts and Maps provide concise and helpful information including the structure and major themes of the book. Maps are included in almost every book. They show valuable geographic information to help readers sense and understand the setting of the book.
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Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the clear, practical teaching and application of God’s Word. He currently pastors Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, and serves as the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. His renowned Insight for Living radio program airs around the world. Chuck and Cynthia, his partner in life and ministry, have four grown children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.