*First posted on Ascent’s Facebook page: Ascent Christian Church Facebook page What Bible version do you use?
This is a question I have been asked several times this past week. I thought I’d share my answer here on our church’s Facebook page.
Without getting into too much detail (I’d be glad to explain further with you offline why I use the version that I use); my preferred version is the ESV (English Standard Version).
The ESV is the version that I perdominatly use for both my personal Bible study and for most of the preaching and teaching I do at Ascent, and the version you will read up on the big screen on Sunday mornings unless otherwise specified.
On occasion, like this past Sunday, I use the NIV 1984 version, and at times I will use my own translation from Hebrew or Greek to English.
Many of us have a favorite version of the Bible we like to read from. I recognize that there are many different versions of the Bible, and I have used many of them for both personal use and for preaching and teaching.
My advice is for you to find the version that is easy for you to read and one you are comfortable with using. If you can, have a couple of different versions to read from—a word-for-word and a thought-for-thought version.
The important thing is for all of us to be reading our Bibles on a consistent basis.
Here is a great resource to help you look at the distinctives of some of the more popular Bible translations: http://www.mardel.com/bible-translation-guide.aspx