Date: July 8, 2011
A new Outreach Edition of the landmark Andrews Study Bible has been selected as the official Bible for the Prophecies Decoded NET 2011 series, according to Ron Clouzet, speaker/director of the month-long satellite broadcast and director of the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI).
Clouzet says the special edition of the study Bible will be distributed in large quantities by the hundreds of Adventist churches around North America hosting the satellite broadcast evangelistic meetings. The meetings will be held September 30–October 29. The Andrews Study Bible was published by Andrews University Press in June 2010.
“Every evangelistic series of this type needs a good Bible to recommend and share with people who want to know more about the truth of God’s word,” Clouzet said. “The Andrews Study Bible is the most important print resource Adventists have ever had to support a series of evangelistic meetings. The outstanding study helps in this Bible, in the notes at the bottom of each page, highlight the great themes of the Bible—the very themes that we’ll be discussing in the meetings.”
Supporting Adventist evangelism was one of the goals of the publication of the Andrews Study Bible, according to Niels-Erik Andreasen, president of Andrews University, and chair of the Andrews University Press board. “From the beginning, as church leaders planned this Bible, we had two goals for it,” Andreasen said. “First, in its standard retail editions, it is to be the basic Bible for church members around the world to use for serious Bible study in the context of home and church. And second, in an inexpensive edition, it is to become the basic mass distribution Bible in public evangelism.”
“In the past year, we had a great start in achieving the first goal, and that will continue for many years,” Andreasen continued. “Thousands and thousands of copies of the retail editions have been sold in the English-speaking world in North America and overseas. And now we’ve also begun to turn our attention to the second goal. We are very pleased Dr. Clouzet and his team, and all the churches participating in the Prophecies Decoded NET 2011 Series, will help us begin to achieve it.”
Andreasen noted the Outreach Edition will also be useful in other settings where a mass distribution Bible is needed. “We think it is ideal for prison ministry and for other smaller evangelistic initiatives at the local conference and church level.”
More than 600 churches have already registered as downlink sites for the Prophecy Decoded NET 2011 Series, according to Russell Burrill, manager of the series and former director of NADEI. “We’re excited to see so many churches signing on. And we have high-quality materials from NADEI, including the Andrews Study Bible, to support every aspect of how a local church hosts the meetings,” Burrill said. “The churches will order the number of these special Bibles they need from NADEI as part of the larger complete set of materials they will use to enhance their participation in the meetings.”
The Outreach Edition of the Andrews Study Bible contains all the text content of the standard retail editions, but has a slightly smaller trim size and is printed in one color instead of two, according to Ernő Gyéresi, associate director of Andrews University Press and managing editor of the Andrews Study Bible product line. “Our goal has been to produce an attractive, durable, quality product specifically for wide distribution in evangelistic settings,” Gyéresi said. He noted the paper inside the Bible is of the same high quality as the retail editions of the Andrews Study Bible and the cover is made of a highly durable synthetic material.
The Outreach Edition is available for the Prophecies Decoded NET 2011 Series only in quantity purchase and only from NADEI (269-471-8303). Quantity purchase for other evangelistic events may be made through Andrews University Press. Gyéresi says because the Outreach Edition is intended specifically for mass distribution in evangelism, it is not sold as a retail product and will not be available for individual purchase in Christian bookstores.