Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gideon Pocket NT (NKJV)

In the midst of different methods of Bible study, and moving through the Bible at an even pace, it's often good to take some time to remain in a few key passages in order to study, memorize and get the word into your heart. I spend every morning rereading and memorizing certain passages that I want to be in my mind and heart. The Bible I use for this is a small, compact Gideon New Testament NKJV, which I carry with me everywhere.

As you can see it's not pretty. A current Gideon NT should look more like this:

However, after carrying it around in my pocket for two years in rain, snow, mud, construction etc. subjected to daily perusal, the green (glorified cardboard) cover became ripped and ratty. I impulsively "rebound" it with Gaffer's Tape (a strong cloth-like tape, the strongest tape I've ever come across: check it out here). Since then it has held up decently, but it still takes a heavy beating and I may rebind it with imitation leather at some point and post the project here.

Having a New Testament in my pocket constantly has been a fantastic asset. There are many times when I'm stuck in waiting rooms or some such situation and I can whip out my Bible and study the word. There have been numerous times when I needed it for evangelical opportunities and Bible discussions. Theological discussions often arise during car rides, hikes etc. when many don't have access to a Bible, which often leads to argument and a non-biblical discussion. Carrying a pocket NT changes all that and ensures that you always have your sword with you.

A pocket NT works as an evangelical tool, and if you carry a Gideon Bible, then it cost you nothing and you can give it away freely to anyone who might take it. I've used my NT a number of times to talk to unbelievers, and if a friend ever needs a Bible, you have an extra copy to use or loan out. Additionally, it's a lot easier to memorize scripture when you have easy access to it 24/7. I highly recommend carrying one. Members of the Gideons International hand them out regularly at the campus I attend (My info says I'm a graduate but not for a couple more weeks), and you should be able to find a way to contact the Gideons through your local fellowship.

As you can see I highlight and underline (a little sloppily) in this bible and use post-it flags. This is one of my daily reading portions: Ephesians 1:17-2:10, which I am trying to memorize. I marked the progression of Paul's identification of us with Christ. Paul describes how Jesus was raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of God, and then says AND YOU, going on to describe how we are crucified with Christ, raised with Christ and seated with Christ at the right hand of God. I wanted to track that statement and keep reminding myself that Christ has exchanged His overcoming life for mine, giving me a place in Him at the right hand of the Father. I was alerted to this portion in a sermon by Paris Reidhead (Victory Part 1 and Victory Part 2 over at sermonindex.net).

The portions I currently read and study everyday in the NKJV Pocket NT are:

Psalms 130
Psalms 101:1-4
Psalms 51:10-12
Revelation 12:11
James 4:6-10
Romans 6:1-14
Romans 8:1-4 (I hope to expand this and memorize the chapter)
Ephesians 1:17-2:10
Ephesians 6:10-18

in that order. How's the memorization going?...Well I'm trying. I've heard it said that it's easier to memorize and retain a chapter than an individual verse. We'll see. I have been greatly blessed by searching my heart with these words every morning, and God has given me rich opportunities to use my pocket NT for His glory.


  1. How to get a small bible like that? I have longed it for years.
    Since I lost my old one, I don't read bible like I should and I have had lots of problems.

    I usually have time when I am on the bus and when I am at home, I already tired and not focus.


    1. Hey J.R. Usually Gideons give them out for free on the street and college campuses. I'm not sure how else to get them, but you should be able to contact the Gideons in your area through their website or by phone.

    2. https://www.etsy.com/listing/546600078/esv-pocket-new-testament-bible-leather?ref=shop_home_active_4

      Leather bound Pocket NT