I have other Study Bibles that are other translations. I wanted a good NKJV Bible with helps. I am very pleased with this Bible. There are thorough descriptions of each book. And in addition to explanatory notes, this Bible contains teaching that shows how to apply the scriptures to our personal lives. Many other helps are included that are too numerous to mention!
I have a number of Bibles and I read and study a lot. I always go back to this Bible because it offers so many study helps and information necessary in understanding what you are reading. Strong's concordance definition of words give you new insight in the meaning of the Scripture along with explanations of what you are reading. It has an extensive concordance. Whenever I can't find a word in another Bible concordance I can always go back to this one and find what I'm looking for. This is an awesome Bible and honestly I probably don't need any other one except this one and my Amplified. If I could change anything, I would like larger print. Other than that, it stands alone in my opinion.
I'm a big fan of bibles.I must have around 80 in hardback and on digital another 20 or so .When i get the opportunity to review a new bible I jump at the chance.This time it's The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishing.It's part of their Signature Series.This bible has over 2000 pages and has so many features and tools to it for instance it has great introductions of all 66 books of bible,maps,free tools you can download,a big concordance great notes to help give you a greater understanding,and so much more.The cross referencing is easy to follow for if you really want to dig deep into the word of God.Thomas Nelson knows bibles and this is yet another hit.If you want a great tool for learning to be a better servant and follower to Jesus than i say purchase this bible you will be thrilled you did.
Study Bibles come in different translations and from different perspectives. The important thing to remember is that a study Bible is a product of a person or group of people. The notes that accompany the text are not part of the actual autographs and should be understood as not coming from God Himself. So when we read a study Bible know that you agree with every note listed. And that is ok since it isn't part of God's Word.
The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible (NKJV) is a study Bible geared towards those who believe that the gifts of the Spirit are still in operation today and how to live with those gifts. Jack Hayford is the executive editor of the Bible and some of the contributors are people you will see on Christian television networks - Oral Roberts, Frederick Price, James Robison, Reinhard Bonnke, Billy Joe Daugherty and Paul Crouch to name a few. If you are like me that may give you some pause. Even though we both are charismatics we don't agree on the main message they preach (that is a post for another day).
Throughout the Bible you will find explanations of key words in sections called Word Wealth. They have linked these words to Strong's and derive their meaning from that wonderful concordance. You will also find in each book a section called Truth-in-Action. These are practical features showing you ways to apply the truths found in God's Word (this is my favorite part of this study Bible). The feature of the study Bible that concerned me the most were the short teachings called Kingdom Dynamics. There are forty-one themes grouped in nine clusters covered in these teachings. What concerned me about them is that this is where you will find their Word of Faith teachings like seed faith. This is where you will get into the Prosperity Gospel message (see Genesis 8:22 Kingdom Dynamics note).
Since it is a study Bible focusing on the gifts of the Spirit I turned to I Corinthians to see the notes they on chapter 12. In the book notes I liked that they said that one reason for the letter was that Paul was addressing some problems in the church like that they had, "associated some of the frenzied antics of paganism with the exercise of spiritual gifts." Also in chapter 12 verse 10 in the Kingdom Dynamic teaching on that verse they mention that, "When accepted within a congregations life, this public exercise of the gift (of tongues) is always to be interpreted so all may receive the message and confusion or misunderstanding of guests be avoided." Even though they may not practice this on T.V. it is good that they included this teaching in this study Bible.
The study notes at the bottom of each page are from the NKJV Study Bible which are wonderful. The NKJV of the Bible is a wonderful translation that I highly recommend.
I struggle with recommending this Bible because of the Prosperity Gospel influence. I haven't had the opportunity to look at any other study Bible focused on the Holy Spirit so I don't know the specifics of their teachings. I would be hesitant to recommend this to anyone new to the faith or wanting a true view of the Holy Spirit's working in the church today.
Disclaimer - I received this resource free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze book review blogger program. All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.