Answer: It’s very lonely. The ESV Bible remembers when it used to get out at least once or twice a week to church, and ocassionaly to the coffee shop or a friend’s house for Bible study. Now it just sits on the shelf waiting for somebody to pick it up. Has the wider evangelical world given up on reading their Bibles? Certainly not. As fate might have it, the ESV Bible has been replaced by it’s more mature bigger brother, the ESV Study Bible.
I attend Bethlehem Baptist Church in Moundsview, MN and the ESV Study Bible has taken us by storm. I’d be willing to bet as many as 6 out of 10 adults have a shiny new ESV Study Bible. This does beg the question of what we should do with our recently retired ESV Bibles. The past two Sudays we’ve had a focus of evangelism for our worship services. Outside the sanctuary, there have been tables filled with tracts, evangelism booklets, and pocket-sized ESV gospels of John. These resources were made available free to all for use in personal evangelism. In addition to these resources, our recently retired ESV Bibles would be a good addition to our personal evangelism arsenal. Go ahead and do your old ESV Bible a favor. Help end its lonliness by sharing it with someobody who needs the word of God.
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