Christ in All of Scripture – Grace for All of Life

9781433538674mOn my shelf Monday is a big one today.  Why?  I want to recommend the study Bible I use the most.  The reason this study Bible is the best one I’ve ever used is due to two things: the clear text of the ESV translation along with the best study notes on the text I’ve ever read.  All focused toward one goal, proclaiming Christ through the whole Scripture, the notes are life-giving, informative, and inspiring to say the least.

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Publisher’s Description:

The apostle Paul summed up his whole ministry as existing “to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). That single-minded goal is the heartbeat of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.Produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace culminating in Jesus, it is a significant new tool to help readers see Christ in all the Bible, and grace for all of life.

The Gospel Transformation Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel-illuminating notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. The notes not only explain but also apply the text in a grace-centered way. Focusing on heart transformation rather than mere behavior modification, their points of application emphasize the Hows and Whys of practical application to daily living—in short, how the gospel transforms us from the inside out.

Every print edition comes with free access to the Online Gospel Transformation Bible, hosted at

The Gospel Transformation Bible will equip both new and seasoned believers with a gospel-centered reading of Scripture, enabling God’s people to see that the message of the Bible is a unified one—“to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”


Editor Interview:

 Old Testament Contributors:

  • Genesis – Willem VanGemeren
  • Exodus – Sean Lucas
  • Leviticus – Jay Sklar
  • Numbers – Michael Morales
  • Deuteronomy – Mark Futato
  • Joshua – Mike Horton
  • Judges – Brian Aucker
  • Ruth – Mary Beth McGreevy
  • 1–2 Samuel – Phil Long
  • 1–2 Kings – Miles Van Pelt
  • 1–2 Chronicles – Miles Van Pelt
  • Ezra – Kathleen Nielson
  • Nehemiah – Kathleen Nielson
  • Esther – Elyse Fitzpatrick
  • Job – Paul Zahl
  • Psalms – George Robertson/ Bruce Ware
  • Proverbs – Ray Ortlund
  • Ecclesiastes – Doug O’Donnell
  • Song of Solomon – Doug O’Donnell
  • Isaiah – Kelly Kapic
  • Jeremiah – Graeme Goldsworthy
  • Lamentations – Graeme Goldsworthy
  • Ezekiel – Greg Gilbert
  • Daniel – Bryan Chapell
  • Hosea – Jim Hamilton
  • Joel – Tim Witmer
  • Amos – David Helm
  • Obadiah – Michael Glodo
  • Jonah – Colin Smith
  • Micah – Nancy Guthrie
  • Nahum – Michael Glodo
  • Habakkuk – Julius Kim
  • Zephaniah – Darrin Patrick
  • Haggai – Iain Duguid
  • Zechariah – Iain Duguid
  • Malachi – Iain Duguid

New Testament Contributors:

  • Matthew – Frank Thielman
  • Mark – Hans Bayer
  • Luke – Jonathan Pennington
  • John – Scotty Smith
  • Acts – Justin Holcomb
  • Romans – Bob Yarbrough
  • 1 Corinthians – Jimmy Agan
  • 2 Corinthians – Stephen Um
  • Galatians – Ian Smith
  • Ephesians – Kevin DeYoung
  • Philippians – Jon Dennis
  • Colossians – Julius Kim
  • 1–2 Thessalonians – Burk Parsons
  • 1–2 Timothy – Kent Hughes
  • Titus – J. D. Greear
  • Philemon – Julius Kim
  • Hebrews – Robert Peterson
  • James – Dan Doriani
  • 1–2 Peter – Jared Wilson
  • 1–3 John – Mike Bullmore
  • Jude – Jared Wilson
  • Revelation – Jim Hamilton

About the ESV

The ESV Bible® (English Standard Version)® is an “essentially literal” translation of the Bible in contemporary English. The ESV Bible emphasizes “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning. The ESV is ideally suited for personal reading, for public worship, for in-depth study, and for Scripture memorization. The ESV Bible is available in more than 200 print editions, and it is free online anytime everywhere in the world. Find out more →


“I strongly recommend this edition.”
– Michael Haykin, Professor, Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This is a profound resource for those who want to understand more deeply and be transformed most thoroughly by the Christ-centered story of the gospel unfolded throughout the Scriptures.”
– Jay Thomas, Lead Pastor, Chapel Hill Bible Church, Chapel Hill, NC

“With introductions and notes from trustworthy pastors and scholars, this Bible clearly shows the ways in which all of Scripture points to Christ.”
– Mike McKinley, Senior Pastor, Guilford Baptist Church, Sterling, VA

“The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible is a helpful resource for students of the Scriptures. The work integrates exegesis, theology, and application in a clear and compelling way.”
– Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Crossway has enlisted the skills of foremost theologians like Bryan Chapell to create this wonderful tool. May God use it to inspire and educate a generation of God-seekers.”
– Max Lucado, Pastor; bestselling author

“This is a seminary education packed into one book.”
– Justin Buzzard, Lead Pastor, Garden City Church, Silicon Valley; author, The Big Story

“Christ the Redeemer shines through every book of the Bible like a multi-faceted diamond. TheESV Gospel Transformation Bible draws our attention to those diverse displays of grace throughout redemptive history and sacred Scripture. Read to behold, and to be changed by, your Savior’s glory.”
– Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“’Gospel-centeredness’ is just a buzzword unless we can tie it back to the text of Scripture, and this Bible edition helps us do just that.”
– Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching & Vision, Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, TX; co-author, The Real Win

“This is a fantastic tool for Jesus-centered Bible study compiled by a world class team of Bible teachers.”
– Mark Driscoll, Founder, Mars Hill Church, Resurgence; Co-Founder, Acts 29

“This Bible wisely combines doctrine and devotion.”
– Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary

“I’m delighted to see the development of a Bible that connects life application to gospel reality, and the imperatives of the Bible back to the indicatives of the gospel.”
– Trevin Wax, Managing Editor, The Gospel Project; author, Gospel Centered Teaching andCounterfeit Gospels

“This Bible is a wonderful tool to see the unity of the Scriptures as a continuous testimony of Christ and his salvation.”
– Herman Selderhuis, Director, Refo500; Professor of Church History, Theological University Apeldoorn, Netherlands

“The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible emphasizes application of Scripture to life, not by drawing out simplistic moralisms, but by helping readers perceive the implications of a gospel-saturated reading of Scripture for the way they live.”
– Kenneth Berding, Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“I spent years blind that the gospel story was threading through all of Scripture and the Bible came to life when I got that truth. The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible shows Jesus and the gospel everywhere, and will empower your heart for Jesus, your love for the gospel, and your ability to share it with others.”
– Charlie Hall, songwriter; Worship Pastor, Frontline Church, Oklahoma City, OK

“Study Bibles of varying usefulness abound, but the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible uniquely assists the reader to understand how Scripture unfolds as the magnificent epic of the mission of God in Christ for the cosmic renewal of all things.”
– Christopher A. Beetham, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Evangelical Theological College; Associate Professor of New Testament, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“The Gospel Transformation Bible helps the reader taste sweetness of God’s grace and treasure the infinite worth of Christ. The team of pastor-theologians have served the church well by putting texts in their larger redemptive-historical context.”
– Tony Merida, Founding Pastor, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, NC

“Filled with amazing insight and yet highly accessible, this is an outstanding resource for understanding what it really means for the gospel to be at the center of our entire lives—and why this matters.”
– Matt Perman, author, What’s Best Next

“The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible beautifully shows how the entirety of God’s word is fixed upon Christ, and centered on the good news of relentless grace.”
– Matt Boswell, Pastor of Ministries and Worship, Providence Church, Frisco, TX; President, Doxology & Theology

“The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible contains invaluable resources for helping us understand how God’s power in the gospel shapes every moment of our lives.”
– Gloria Furman, author, Glimpses of Grace

“The excellent, easy-to-read expositional notes in this Bible demonstrate how every passage of the Bible is useful to us today as they all come from the mind of the same gracious God who inspired all of Scripture.”
– Ajith Fernando, Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

“It is difficult to conceive of a better way to keep us gospel-focused in all of life than this.”
– Derek W. H. Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, RTS Atlanta; Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC; Editorial Advisor, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

“Today, there is a famine of the Word of God. This new study Bible’s superb commentaries, excellent aids, and fine introductions help address that need. It is outstanding in every way.”
– David F. Wells, Distinguished Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible is a wonderful new tool that can help you read the Bible the way it should be read: as a unified whole, and with a thirst for life transformation. I can’t wait to use it in our family devotions and to give a copy to my pastor.”
– Andreas J. Köstenberger, Senior Research Professor of New Testament & Biblical Theology,Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Founder, Biblical Foundations

“This new edition of the ESV is a stunning accomplishment. With all our talk of being ‘gospel-centered’ we now have a remarkable resource that highlights the biblical testimony of what God has so graciously done for the salvation of sinners in and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”
– Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Vision and Preaching, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, OK

“The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, with its emphasis on Christ-centered reading, reflection, and application of God’s word, will equip the church and its growing numbers of leaders.”
– Lazarus Phiri, Principal, Theological College of Central Africa

“I cannot even begin to fathom the benefits that the Gospel Transformation Bible will have on the Church universal.”
– Jessica Thompson, author, Exploring Grace Together; co-author, Give Them Grace

“This is more than just another study Bible packed with useful information. The Gospel Transformation Bible helps us develop a deeper understanding of the glorious riches of Scripture by showing us how the Scriptures reveal our greatest treasure: Jesus himself.”
– Elliot Grudem, Lead Pastor for Leadership Development and Church Planting, Vintage Church, Raleigh, NC

“I love this Bible! With gospel warmth and wisdom the study notes instruct and inspire us to reflect our redemption in all of life.”
– Susan Hunt, Former Director of Women’s Ministries, Presbyterian Church of America

“Christians need the message of the gospel. Every day. The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible will help you and me remember the gospel and be transformed by the gospel. Every day.”
– C.J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, KY

“The notes steer you away from self-obsessed cherry-picking towards a focus on Christ and the deeper heart-change that only comes through knowing the grace and love of God.”
– Michael Reeves, author, Delighting in the Trinity and The Unquenchable Flame

“This is a remarkably helpful resource, both an accessible Bible commentary and a theology of redemption. The Word of God is a living symphony, with many sections and parts, and in this unique resource we hear the harmony of salvation.”
– Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History, Boyce College

“…a Christ-magnifying, grace-saturated study Bible for life. Personally, I look forward to using theESV Gospel Transformation Bible extensively and recommending it widely.”
– Rob Lister, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology

“Its many notes, cross-references, and introductions, all geared to a readable and accurate Scripture translation, make this one a winner for anyone who is ready to study the Bible up close and personal.”
– Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“… a tremendously helpful guide to understanding the trees of Bible passages in light of the forest of redemptive history. This is an outstanding resource and I pray that it helps many to know and honor Christ according to the Scriptures.”
– Erik Thoennes, Professor of Theology, Talbot School of Theology; Pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Mirada, CA

“I dare you to spend time reading and thinking and praying through this Bible; you might be floored at how much God intends to do!”
– Josh Fenska, Lead Pastor, Redeemer Community Church, Oswego, IL

“What a happy marriage! The literary excellence of the English Standard Version combines with first-rate, accessible scholarship from contributors who plumb the gospel’s unfolding from Genesis to Revelation.”
– Mindy Belz, Editor, World Magazine

“The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible is a unique resource blending biblical, systematic, and practical theological insights to help us understand what the Bible teaches about grace and personal change.”
– Tim Keller, Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, NY; author, The Reason for God

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