To create a site that will disciple the many people who have little or no Christian background, who are looking for hope and searching for answers. We want to offer you the Bible, so you can encounter Jesus, that you might believe in him and find true life in his name.
When you brand something, you mark it. When people see your mark, they remember your message.
When someone says, “I’m a Christian,” that mark evokes a misinterpreted message: Bigoted, judgmental, politically motivated, etc. Why? Because people stamped the logo (“Christianity”) on people, programs, and politics that were not actually the true product.
Thus, people without a Christian background often misunderstand the Christian life and worldview. This is partly due to misrepresentation, and partly because they haven’t personally encountered our true product—the Bible.
So at Bibles.net we are re-branding “Christianity.” We’re starting fresh—not with a novel message, or new product. The world needs the true, the old, and eternal Word of God. And we still believe in it.
Our brand is not “what we Christians think,” it’s “what the Bible says.” Before we called ourselves Christians (Acts 11:26), God’s people were defined by whether they heard God’s Word and believed it, or not. That’s what Christianity is: it’s taking God at his Word about all things, and most importantly, about his Son, Jesus Christ.
That’s why our site exists. We want to give our world what God says. We want to open God’s Word, and compel the world to open it for themselves, so that people might believe its message about Christ for salvation. We want others to know Christ—for he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Today, people search for their way, their truth, and their life on Google. Suicidal teens ask Google for hope, worn out mothers ask for relief, and countless search Google for pleasure and purpose. That’s our market.
But there’s a problem. We’ve noticed a gap between the excellent, theologically heavy content on how to read, study, and live the Bible, and the popular biblically-devoid content that is easy to find, understand, and consume.
Christian sites often use a language learned over time, filled with biblical phrases and theological titles. By the knowledge they assume, these sites can be unintentionally inhospitable to those with no Christian background. They cater to the converted and ignore the newcomer.
But we believe that by simply defining terms we can win back the ear of those who desperately need to hear God’s Word.
We expect that our audience has encountered our knock-off brand, and some of our Christian lingo has been cheapened by false advertising. So we must clarify what we mean. We will choose words our audience understands, and explain words they don’t, assuming they are unfamiliar with our lingo.
We are creating a site that can teach God’s Word to anyone, especially those who have no Christian background, and are looking for hope. We want to offer them the Bible and the tools they need to grow in understanding it, so that they might encounter Jesus Christ, the only source of lasting peace, joy, and hope.
Bibles.net is just a new logo on the age-old truth of Christianity, presented to the online market, Google. The product is God’s Word. And we only care to promote Jesus Christ. He is what our world desperately needs—and we believe we can offer him in the tiny space of the I-phone screen.
— From the Editor
WE ARE ALL ABOUT THE BIBLE
Represents the Bible with the cross at its center. In the Bible we find our origin, our purpose, our true condition, and the only way to be reconciled to God.
The cross represents the way of reconciliation between God and man through the work of Jesus, that was prophesied and awaited in the Old Testament and fulfilled and explained in the New Testament.
Heinrich has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a small business owner. He likes hunting, reading old books by famous Christians, eating steak, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his wife and three kids. Heinrich grew up in a Christian home but did not make a real commitment to Jesus until his late 20’s. He loves Jesus and his Word and wants to share the hope found in Christ through Bibles.net.
Eden has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education. She likes fun shoes, and enjoys running, creating things with ink or paint, and throwing javelins. She has loved the Bible since she was a little girl, but started loving and living for its hero, Jesus, when she was seven.
Terry has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and an M. Div. in Systematic and Historical Theology from SBTS. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, cooking, reading good books, and having deep conversations with friends. He didn’t grow up in church, but came to know the Lord after hearing the gospel from one of his high school substitute teachers. He desires to see others come to know Jesus and help them grow in the faith, knowledge, and love of the Lord Jesus.
Todd has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, a Masters degree in Theology, and a Masters of Divinity. He has served in pastoral ministry for the past two decades. Todd enjoys long walks on the beach with his wife, time with family, and serving in his local church. Todd became a Christian when he was 27 years old because of someone’s invitation to church, where he heard the gospel and turned to Jesus for forgiveness and new life.
SITE & DESIGN
Eric has a Business Information Systems degree, and builds websites for ministries. He likes the beach, the pool, and bike riding with his high school sweetheart and their two kids. Eric opened his first Bible during his freshmen year of college, and that Easter Sunday, he gave his life to Jesus, understanding that Jesus offered him a relationship, not a performance-based religion.
Owen’s expertise in the web-world was self-taught through experiential learning. He likes marketing, and new technologies. Most of all, he enjoys being the husband to his wife and father to his twins. Owen gave his life to Jesus amid addiction and depression, and experienced Jesus immediately set him free for life.
Brad has a degree in Illustration and is a designer by trade. He likes exploring God’s creation in national parks, zoos, and wildlife areas with his wife and three children. Brad delights in working for the Lord and giving God glory through his artwork. Though Brad felt the Holy Spirit working in his heart from a young age, his faith in Jesus continues to grow as he learns to trust the Lord with all his heart (Proverbs 3:5-6).
David has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and enjoys hand-lettering and illustrating. He likes reading quality fiction books, sketching animals, and swimming. He came to believe in Jesus at a young age through attending a weekly Bible club at his church. He loves to use art to encourage others with God’s Word.
Natasha has a bachelor’s degree in Theology. She enjoys spending time with family and friends while playing board games and being outside. Natasha received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized when she was fourteen.
Scott has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Communication. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity. He enjoys reading, practicing hospitality, and spending time with his church family. Scott heard the gospel at 17 years old and believed in Jesus. God’s grace, kindness, and mercy have been his joy ever since.
Denice has a bachelor’s degree in Communications, as well as her J.D. She likes hosting and cultivating relationships and quality conversation over the dinner table with her five kids, husband, and friends. She can’t remember a time when she did not know Jesus loved her. She especially loves the Lord for his kindness to hear her prayers (Psalm 116).
Sharon attended 3 years of Bible College but chose to get married before finishing her degree. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren. Sharon enjoys DYI projects with her husband, gardening, biking, baking, and playing with her grandchildren. She was raised in a Christian home and committed her life to Christ as a young child. Just as she has grown from childhood to adulthood, her faith has been growing ever since through the study of God’s Word and the influence of other mature believers.
Steven has a bachelor’s degree in History, and a Masters’ degree in the History of Christianity, specializing in the Reformation. He’s a great basketball player, and enjoys fishing and reading and spending time with his wife and kids. He began loving Jesus Christ the summer after his Freshman year of college.
Heather has a Bachelors’ degree in English Literature and a Masters’ degree in Church History. She likes to read, write, and hike in beautiful places, especially with her husband and sons. She believed in Jesus after her kindergarten Sunday school teacher explained to her the good news about him. Heather’s relationship with Jesus led her and her husband to move to Vietnam in 2003.
Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, an M.A. in Intercultural Communication, and a Certificate in Biblical Studies. She enjoys reading, taking walks, visiting friends anywhere, and sitting on the patio eating dinner with her husband and three children. As a follower of Jesus from an early age, she is especially thankful for all the memorization she did in Sunday School that inscribed the Bible’s words deep into her heart.
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We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2 Corinthians 4:1-5 NIV