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HCSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students Bible Review


The HCSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students is a dramatic new resource written to assist high school students transiting into college. The Bible has nice introductions for each chapter. There is a couple paragraphs where the author shares briefly the overall message the author is writing about. It contains who the author is, the date it was written, and what was occurring during the time frame the chapter was written. This Bible also included “Bones and Dirt” throughout the different chapter and this section gave history about a city in the Bible such as, Corinth. There are special articles written by different authors placed throughout the Bible in order to answer common questions Christian college students have. The articles are backed up with tons of scriptures references. Some of the questions are: “What Is Heaven Like”, “Why Should I Wait Until Marriage to Have Sex”, “If God Made Everything Good, Why Shouldn’t I Smoke Pot”, “Is Homosexuality Natural”, “Should Abortion Be Allowed for Rape or Incest”, “Why Does God Allow Evil”, and much more.

I would recommend this awesome Bible to every single high school student and college aged student. I liked how the Bible enclosed helpful introductions to provide an overview of each Book of the Bible. I also enjoyed the many diverse questions that high school and college students have about the written Word of God. I liked how this Bible isn’t afraid to discuss the difficult topics and questions such as abortion, rape, slavery, evil, doubts, and homosexuality. They could have easily chosen not to write about some of them but they were bold in trying to be relevant to my age group. I loved their take on waiting until they are married for sexual intercourse and how they included scripture to reinforce God’s word. It also gave encouragement to people who have already lost their virginity before marriage and how they can still remain pure. I strongly believe they did an outstanding job at discussing the many questions we have when we are just figuring out our faith apart from our parents. This book will greatly benefit high school and college students in seeking a deeper relationship with our Creator and Designer.

A Few Features of The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB:
- Book Introductions for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
- Study Notes provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture.
- 120 Articles written by today's leading Christian thinkers dealing with life's ultimate questions.
- 60 Twisted Scriptures address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.

Also, this summer, the gift of Confident Faith is being celebrated with 16 brand new, but energetic and brief videos featuring Sean McDowell, free resources like Bible studies and articles as well as wonderful specials on apps and Bibles.  There are new resources every week - a full 16 weeks of resources when it is all done.  AND, if that weren't enough, a Confident Faith Sweepstakes is being offered to give away Bibles, free mini libraries of B&H's best apologetics resources and even a trip for two to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) being held October 16-17, 2015 in Charlotte, NC where some of the world's leading thinkers will offer insights and teaching. 

I also viewed a few of these videos on the website. One of the ones I viewed was “Should Abortion Be Allowed for Rape or Incest”. This one discussed a personal story from Sean McDowell about one of his sisters that was adopted and how she searched for her birth mother. His sister discovered she was conceived by rape when her mother was 14. He shared the important message about how we still have value as a human being. He also shared with others that this sin isn’t an unforgiveable sin, God can still forgive. I thought he did an excellent job at teaching high school and college aged students the truth about the topic of abortion and rape. 

Another favorite was, “What’s God’s Will for My Life” because Sean McDowell shared one of God’s will is for you to be saved and to receive Him as your Lord and Savior. Another critical aspect is also receiving the Holy Spirit into our lives. I thought his take on God’s will was unique because he believed students needed to be more focused on becoming the person God has created and designed us to be.


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