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Rethink Church edition New Testament

Perhaps you have heard the phrase "the church is a verb." What if we could demonstrate that this message is not simply a fad but is deeply rooted in Scripture?

The Rethink Church edition New Testament does just that. It introduces the Scriptures and The United Methodist Church's response to Christ. Special pages in the front help seekers continue on the journey to biblical understanding. Through Rethink Church's new seeker site, those searching for meaning and relationship with God can receive a free copy of this Common English Bible New Testament.

Rethink Church edition Bible

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What is the Common English Bible?

The Common English Bible is not a revision or update of an existing translation. It is a bold, new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

A key goal of the translation team is to make the Bible accessible to a broad range of people. It is written at a comfortable level for more than half of all English readers. As the translators do their work, reading specialists from more than a dozen denominations review the texts to ensure a smooth, natural reading experience. Easy readability can enhance church worship and participation and personal Bible study. It also encourages children and youth to discover the Bible, perhaps for the first time.

Who is it for?

Committed to the entire church of Jesus Christ, the Common English Bible represents the work of a diverse team with broad scholarship, including more than 115 scholars from 22 faith traditions in American, African, Asian, European and Latino communities. As a result, the English translation of ancient words has an uncommon relevance for a broad audience of Bible readers-from children to scholars.

Who sponsored the Common English Bible?

Publishing and marketing offices are located in Nashville, Tenn. The translation was funded by the Church Resources Development Corp., which allows for cooperation among denominational publishers in developing and distributing Bibles, curriculum and worship materials. The CEB Committee meets periodically and consists of publishers from the following denominations: Disciples of Christ (Chalice Press); Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (Westminster John Knox Press); Episcopal Church (Church Publishing Inc); United Church of Christ (Pilgrim Press); and The United Methodist Church (Abingdon Press).

Why is there a special Rethink Church edition New Testament of the Common English Bible?

The Rethink Church edition New Testament provides an opportunity to continue the conversation with seekers who respond to Rethink Church messages like, "What if church considered ecology part of theology?" These conversations are rooted in the stories of our faith-their history and meaning for us today. Timeless Scriptures can facilitate relevant dialogue for today. Introductory pages demonstrate how The United Methodist Church is living the faith and connects readers with local church ministries.