The Hillsong NLT

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Since this is a pro-NLT blog, it will be great news that Hillsong Church London have produced their own version of the NLT translation of the New Testament – the WORD Bible Magazine.

With WORD bible magazine, we’ve put together a contemporary take on presenting the scriptures to communicate the message to a visual generation (the NLT version of the New Testament). Our ultimate aim with the visuals is to reach new Christians, who may have never opened a bible before or they may have had a look but never delved deeper. Hopefully that’s where this bible comes in. We wanted to break it down and visually engage people, so that this potentially daunting book of letters can be explored in a way that will connect people to God’s thoughts so that they might gain a better understanding of his grace, mercy and what he has to say about any issue we may face in life.

Another major difference was with the order of the letters (I’m sure this shook a few religious bones!) We chose to change the order (Starting with Romans, Galatians etc) and insert articles explaining key themes, again our heart was to try and help people engage with the bible. We also wanted the first thing that a new believer reads about is the message of grace through what God has done, how he did it and why.

We broke up the books in four sections;

Part 1: What God has done; how and why
Part 2: How to live it out
Part 3: The Church and Authority
Part 4: God’s love and our future hope

The articles we included were on; Grace, The Church, Justice, The Five Foundations of the Gospel and Hope, all interwoven throughout the bible, along with some key words explained and explanatory introductions to a few letters. One of the great things about this project is that there’s so much more we can do, we’ve even got at website for people to find out more about WORD and to purchase it.  Maybe one day we’ll even do the Old Testament in a magazine format, maybe over a few magazines! It would be great to work on Psalms and Proverbs, but perhaps we should leave out Songs of Solomon?!


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10 Replies to “The Hillsong NLT”

  1. I’ve seen one of these, and it is quite well done. The text is the most prominent feature throughout, the art (including photography) is extremely well done and supports the message of the text, and the reorganization of the books of the NT into four thematic sections was thoughtfully done. I just wish it didn’t cost so much to ship it here to the States.

    1. I am glad that the NLT lends itself to being a broadly used Translation, and the fact that it is going to be used in England in such a high profile way is telling of the Translation itself, I believe.

  2. Browing through what was on sale at Hillsong Conference in Sydney today, and spotted these NLT Bibles. So I bought one! Haven’t had a chance to have a proper look at it yet. It looks good though.

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