“σπούδασον σεαυτὸν δόκιμον παραστῆσαι τῷ Θεῷ, ἐργάτην ἀνεπαίσχυντον, ὀρθοτομοῦντα τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας. “
Clear enough? It’s “Greek to me” and is the bonafide original. Let’s dial that in more closely for those of us who (like me) who are NOT Greek scholars, here presented in chronological order according to publication date.
All that to encourage our practice of the verse. I am encouraged that many of us are diligently studying to determine what is right, and how to proceed.
SO FAR in the dialog we have raised substantive questions about the 2011 NIV and the decision of the Assemblies of God to adopt that version. We are now in the process of studying those changes with all the marvelous technology we have available to us. (Wouldn’t the apostles be amazed?) This is NOT just the pastors, but many of our families, diving into the scriptures comparing, talking, discussing. That is SUCH a good thing! Let’s keep that conversation going!
We are also in the process of inquiry into the reasoning behind the changes. Our legitimate concerns and questions will be properly sent up the line to those who have knowledge about the decisions and influence within the fellowship. We will hope to post replies to our concerns as we get them.
In the meantime, please continue to pray for grace & insight, for unity and compassion as we walk forward together.
BTW, the Bible Study program I recommend which has been such a helpful tool in this process, is E-Sword. check it out here; http://www.e-sword.net/index.html