By Norman Manzon
16. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
for training in righteousness; 17. so that the man of God may be adequate,
equipped for every good work.
~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ~
Bible Study Project and Bible Training for the World are overlapping facets of the same ministry. Bible Study Project came first and is the name of this website, but now includes Bible Training for the World, which emphasizes Bible Study Project's growing foreign ministry outreach, which has already produced over 93,000 copies of the author's A Handbook of Bible Doctrine in native languages, first for India and now for Ethiopia, primarily for the training of pastors. The lion's share of donations to this ministry is invested in the foreign mission field.
Our mission exists for the promotion of the Word of God by means of a complete series of in-depth conservative, evangelical English and foreign language Bible studies on this website, the printing of Bible studies and related literature in native languages for the training of pastors and other of God's children on the foreign mission field, and by any and all similar means. May the Lord see fit to multiply this work!
Thus far, over 93,000 copies of the author's A Handbook of Bible Doctrine has been selectively distributed in India, and now in Ethiopia, primarily for the training of pastors "with calls for the booklet from all corners of the country," according to Zemen Endale Lashetew, coordinator of a pastoral training center in Sululta, Ethiopia.
This ministry joins the many others so dedicated; yet, there is a particular contribution that this ministry offers that many do not: the understanding of many portions of Scripture from the vantage point of the Jewish mind-set of the writers and speakers of both Testaments and of the many Jewish people they wrote of, wrote to, spoke of and spoke to, thereby shedding light on Bible situations and passages that the reader may otherwise be unaware of. Critical matters of interpretation often rest on such understandings.
Though the outreach is to all and for the benefit of all, a particular burden abides in my heart, the same burden that the apostle to the Gentiles carried, though I cannot say that I carry it to the same degree!
I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my
brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,
who are Israelites.
~ Romans 9:2-4 ~
False doctrine in the synagogue and the church has brought tragedies of holocaust proportions upon the Jews and has misled or driven countless multitudes of them into an eternity without their Messiah. I dedicate my life to the dissemination of sound doctrine across the board, but bear a particular concern as to what Scripture truly says about Israel and the Jew, how God views them, and how the church is to relate to them.
Having said that, I must say that the Lord has sovereignly pointed my focus to people groups far removed from Israel and the Jews. Just as Paul expressed the above sentiments concerning his kinsmen according to the flesh but was called to be the apostle to the Gentiles, the Lord has opened up amazing doors of ministry to me in India and Ethiopia. BibleStudyProject.org is being visited by more people from Ethiopia than from any other country in the world. Leaders in India and Ethiopia have translated and distributed almost eighty-five thousand hard copies of my A Handbook of Bible Doctrine, which have gone to pastors, teachers, "lay" persons and the unsaved. Currently, my Handbook is being printed regularly solely in Ethiopia; and the leader there, Zemen Endale Lashetew, tells me that believers from all over the country are continually clamoring for more copies. Almost 15,000 other pieces of literature have gone to these countries, as well. Zemen has also broadcast my Handbook in the Ethiopian languages of Amharic and Afaan Oromo to a potential listening audience of 25,000,000 in Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, twenty-five per cent of whom are Muslim. He has recently translated several more of my studies into these languages, all of which I have placed on this website. If you visit the Home Page, you will see links to them in the right hand column.
It is the hope of this ministry to multiply the number of studies and their readership, to make the studies available in various hard copy and online formats in English and other languages, as well as to upgrade the website and the volume of its readership as the Lord enables.
The lion's share of the translations have been done by volunteers, but the printing of the studies has been funded by Bible Study Project by the largess of a very small handful of donors. Neither I nor anyone else at Bible Study Project receives a salary. All production of studies, placing them on the website, the bookkeeping, etc., requires thousands of hours of time and has been completely voluntary. Please ask the Lord if He would have you or your church come aboard as a supporter via the options on the donation page. Of course, one-time gifts are gratefully received, but it's the ongoing donations that sustain computer upkeep, web site fees, the printing of foreign language materials and the like. If you would, kindly consider asking the Lord if He would have you to be a sustaining donor to the work. No newsletters are being sent out at this time, but I would be happy to send you regular photos and reports of the foreign missions work and to answer any of your questions which, in fact, might get the newsletter going again. Please see the Contact page for the latter.
My Handbook does not appear on the website in English. If you'd like to receive an online copy of this twenty-five page summary of my studies, please let me know via the Contact page. I would be more than happy to send you one.
For our Savior,
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