Enhance your personal study and the impact of your Bible teaching with powerful, life-transforming insight, and an amazing depth of study and instructional resources! The premier Bible commentary, Precepts for Living® will help you grow closer to God through a deeper understanding of His Word.

Precepts for Living® is an indispensable resource for all who desire to deepen their knowledge, understanding, and application of the truth of God’s Word — particularly those who serve as teachers and leaders in the church. Based on the texts outlined in the International Uniform Bible Lessons series, Precepts for Living® provides a full year of in-depth Bible studies for personal or classroom use. Each week, you will encounter the life-changing power of God’s Word, along with the background information and life applications you need to make Bible truth clear and lead you—and those you teach—to a faithful life of discipleship.

It is our privilege to present the 2017-2018 Precepts For Living® Online. As with our print edition, as you encounter God’s Word through these lessons, we anticipate that you will find this resource to be indispensable.

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Some of Precepts for Living® Feature Highlights

Engaging the Theme

Thematic essays written by scholars and pastors provide an overview of each quarter’s theme, putting each lesson into a unified context.

Black History

Each quarter features a profile of a significant figure in African American history, whose life reflects the qualities of the quarterly theme. The Scriptures in Precepts for Living® honor our heritage and connect to history.

Contextualized Illustrations

Full-page artwork brings the Scriptures to life. Precepts for Living’s illustrations distinctively portray people of color in the biblical experience, helping African American and urban readers visualize Bible characters and events in a way that’s relevant to their cultural context.

Teaching Tips

Each lesson in Precepts for Living includes a page of teaching tips designed by teachers for teachers. Every week, you’ll find valuable ready-to-use educational aids.

Aim for Change

The big picture of each passage of Scripture and its application is summarized in one simple sentence, targeting the Bible lessons toward knowledge, attitude, and action development.

In Focus

An original story opens each week’s lesson, illustrating how the Bible applies to real-life concerns. Realistic characters, thought-provoking conversations, and relevant life situations connect to show that the Bible speaks meaningfully to everyone.

Parallel KJV and NLT Scripture Text

Whether you prefer the traditional phrases of the King James Version or the up-to-date language of the New Living Translation, Precepts for Living has what you need. Both versions of Scripture are presented side–by–side so you can compare and contrast each translation, providing a balanced understanding of the biblical text.

Bible Background

Background information helps expand your knowledge of the Bible and its world. “The People, Places, and Times” further examines the historical settings and important characters of the Bible, while “Background” explains the passage’s place in Scripture and important doctrinal themes.

Discussion and Application

Thought-provoking, open-ended questions let you “Discuss the Meaning” with your Bible Study group or Sunday School class. To help you connect the message to life, “Lesson in Our Society” and “Make It Happen” provide specific goals for application. This helps make sure you don’t just engage your head, but also your hands and your heart.

More Light on the Text

“More Light on the Text” is in-depth analysis for when you want to further explore the Scripture passage. Written by experienced Bible scholars, this section explores the passage’s themes and meanings with Greek and Hebrew word studies and detailed exegesis.

Daily Bible Readings

Reading guides from the International Uniform Lessons provide a convenient plan for reading your Bible throughout the week. Every day’s passage of Scripture connects to the theme of the week’s lesson, helping you understand the Bible as a whole.

Previous years of Precepts for Living® Online

All of the previous years of Precepts for Living® Online at your fingertips.

Online Reference Material

We have linked to popular Bible dictionaries and commentaries. We also have access to maps and other Bible location tools. It’s all here in one place!

Videos and Infographics

Videos with tips on how to use commentaries, lead people to Christ, and a discussion of relevant issues to the African American community.

Open Forum

Sound off about difficult questions, insights from the text, and encourage one another in a safe online environment.

Additional Precepts Content

Sometimes we can’t fit everything in the book but here online the sky is the limit. Get additional People, Places, and Times entries as well as essays on difficult topics.

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Ready to get started with your online version of Precepts for Living®? The price is an annual fee of $7.95 (new lowered price this year!). You must create a new user name and password…logins to our UMI eStore will not work on this site.  If you ordered through our eStore, we will email you access to this site by the next business day (Order on Friday, get access on Monday). Please see below for three easy steps to get started. Questions or Concerns? Please email [email protected]Check out our FAQ section. You can also DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION PROCESS (PDF).

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