For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation
to every one that believes;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
There are many versions of the Bible out there. Personally I (Susan Bertalotto) use the King James Version and the Amplified Bible. Many pastors, especially those who have chosen the Purpose-Driven path, use The Message or the New Living Translation. The Message is NOT a translation – it is a paraphrase. The New Living Translation is a ‘thought-for-thought’ translation – a paraphrase. Be very careful with the philosophy and theology you find in any paraphrase.
No matter which version of the Bible you use, if you are unsure of the phrasing of any scripture, or are having trouble understanding the syntax, look in the original Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament).
Don’t rely on other people (your pastor, group leader, friends, family, co-workers) to tell you what the scriptures mean:
LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF!!
And pray as you read it; God will give you understanding through His Word!
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:17-18