Sovereign Grace Publishers, located in Lafayette, Indiana, was founded in 1955 as a publisher of Puritan and Reformed books. Jay P. Green Sr. saw the need to put back into print excellent books that had gone out of print though the years. Mr. Green Sr. has proven that today's readers are delighted with books written by authors who devoted their entire lives to studying God's Word and writing about what they had learned.
Jay P. Green Sr. also founded Christian Literature World in in 1988 as a small Christian magazine. It's purpose is to review Christian Literary Works. He is also the author, translator or editor of the following works;
Sovereign Grace Publishers, Inc. is committed to the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the exalted Lord of all things. We believe the Holy Scriptures determines the view of all those who profess Him as Savior and Lord. Hence, our organization believes the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant and authoritative Word of God, the final rule of all Christian faith and practice. Even though we don’t recognize any creed or confession of faith as a final authority, our organization does distribute the Philadelphia Confession of Faith as a summarized statement of our basic doctrinal and practical beliefs.
We are dedicated to translating and preserving the Word of God without alteration, paraphrasing, or in any way inserting our beliefs and doctrines or anyone else’s belief or doctrines into the Bible. We also believe that the Greek ‘Textus Receptus’ or ‘Received Text’ (primary text used by the translators of the King James Version) has been preserved by the Triune God and remain committed to only using this text as the basis of all of our New Testament translation work.
At the same time we also believe that the old English language used by the KJV translators, while poetic and beautiful, is not easily understood by the English speaking nations of the world today, and therefore make every effort to match our translation efforts to the language of today.
Additionally, we are dedicated to republishing and preserving the works of Puritan and modern-day authors which we believe to be of benefit to all Christians in their daily walk with our Lord and Savior.
I am expounding the accomplishments below not to bring any glory to SGP or any of the individuals behind SGP. I am stating these points to allow you to see how the Lord allows anyone to work for the Body of Christ without millions of dollars, corporate sponsorships, big committees and any of the other normal business formulas many believe are necessary to accomplish worthwhile goals. YOU can make a difference as long as you seek His guidance and He will use you for His glory and honor as long as you put Christ first. History has shown us from the days of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgeon, James Strong, Gesenius, Daniel Webster, Tyndale, (Note: no committees here) and many others have made a difference as individuals. These were individuals chosen by God to either guide and mentor those that followed or to develop tools to assist Christians in their daily walk with Christ. I sincerely believe that none of these men accomplished what they accomplished for their own glory nor did they ask to do what they accomplished for the Body of Christ. I also believe that they were led by our Triune God to accomplish what they accomplished. So also we have attempted to do our part.
Description: This is what we believe will replace the KJV in this century. This Bible is a direct word for word translation from the same Hebrew and Greek that the KJV was translated from but using today’s language instead of the poetic Old English. Many readers have been amazed at the clarity that this Bible brings to the Scriptures. Will be available as a paperback, hardback, pew Bible and genuine leather editions.
Progress: Ready to go to printer in Michigan.
Hold-up: Funds to get the Bibles printed.
Funds Needed: $25,000.00 to get the Bibles printed in Michigan, $1,500 to pay for the shipping, and an additional $15,000 to get the second printing started (first printing is nearly sold out). We have had many pre-sales and many supporters have made donations, but many more supporters have also placed their orders with instructions to not charge for the Bibles till they are in our warehouse and being shipped to the customers.
Time Frame: Six to eight weeks after receipt of funds necessary for the printer.
Cash Flow returned after shipment: $30,000 within 30 days of arrival from unpaid orders already placed.
Description: Retains the 1985 Old Testament, but adds the 2006 New Testament with the 1769 KJV added within the New Testament as a separate side column. Also adds the Hebrew and Greek Lexicons in a single carrying volume which will be the same size and weight as the current one volume, but with 404 added pages. Will be available as a bonded leather hardback, 8 ½” X 11”.
Features: Clear, easier reading New Testament Greek text, corrected Strong’s Numbers, over 6,000 translation changes, included Hebrew and Greek Lexicons allowing easy and quick additional research into every Hebrew & Greek word, all included in one volume.
Progress: Typesetting has been completed through the Gospels and part of Acts which is about 50% of the New Testament revisions. The lexicons require pasting up into a three column format. This edition adds the 1769 King James Version in a separate side column in the New Testament, along with numbering all the Greek words and many translation changes since the 1985 edition.
Hold-up: Time and funds. The hold-up on this project is a lack of funds and staff to complete the typesetting. Jay Sr. has completed the revisions by hand but I haven’t been able to keep up with the typesetting of the Greek which I must do prior to turning it over to Jackie Serafim, an unpaid volunteer who is typesetting the Strong’s numbers and the interlined English as well as proofing the Greek for accuracy.
Funds Needed: $10,000 to complete typesetting the New Testament and $30,000 for the printing.
Time Frame assuming adequate funding: 200 man-hours for typesetting, 12 weeks for printing and delivery.
Cash Flow returned after shipment: $40,000 within 180 days of arrival from bookstore and distributor orders, along with new customer orders..
Description: This is the Old Testament to match the 2000 Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, with the 1769 KJV in a separate side column, 404 added Hebrew-English and Greek-English Lexicon pages . Will be available as a bonded leather hardback edition and a flexible genuine leather edition with ribbon markers.
Progress: Basic page layout completed, typesetting started.
Hold-up: Time and funds: I am again the hold-up as I am the one doing the typesetting of the Hebrew due to a lack of staff to assign this project to. We have volunteers ready in Tennessee to enter the Hebrew, English and Strong’s numbers into a database which we hope then can be used to output the Old Testament.
Funds Needed: Typesetting: $50,000 Printing: $50,000
Time Frame assuming adequate funding: 3,500 man-hours for typesetting (1 full-time person = 87.5 weeks, 2 persons = 43.25 weeks, 4 persons = 21.66 weeks, plus 12 weeks for printing and delivery. As you can see, it all depends on funding and the ability to find competent staff for the typesetting. If no staff, it could be as long as eight to ten years as I am unable to devote more than 6 to 10 hours a week of my time.
Description: This will be the first Interlinear Greek-English-Spanish New Testament based on the Textus Receptus. Presently the Spanish speaking world does not have an accurate Bible translation available based on the Textus Receptus.
Progress: The book of John has been translated.
Hold-up: Time and funds to move forward with both translation and typesetting, more volunteers needed for translation work.
Funds Needed: Translation: $0 – Volunteers, Staff Spanish Editor $20,000 Typesetting: $12,000 Printing: $10,000
Time Frame: Translation – 1,200 hours; Typesetting: 1,200 hours; Printing and delivery 12 weeks.
Market: It is predicted that the Hispanic population in the US will rival the Anglo population within the next twenty years.
Description: This will bring the Interlinear Bible into Bible software programs all over the world and allow for easier development of Interlinear Bibles into virtually all languages of the world. This could be what is needed to offset the popular use of the corrupt manuscripts by so many scholars in the English speaking nations of the world. There is a real hunger for a true and accurate “Textus Receptus” Bible needed for the Body of Christ in other languages. Our KJ3 above is being translated into Indonesian and is nearly completed. They have a real hunger for the truth. What prompted this Indonesian non-profit organization to translate the Bible is that all Christian Bibles in Indonesian use “Allah” as the name for our Savior.
Progress: Waiting to complete contract between the parties.
Hold-up: Time and funds – Much will be done by volunteers, but much will need to be done by internal staff.
Funds Needed: Staff: $20,000 (one full time person for one year)
Time Frame: Six to twelve months.
Progress: Must Wait for Item 3 above to be completed.
Hold Up: Item 3 above
Funds Needed: $35,000 for printing
Description: This will be the first English only Study Bible produced by Sovereign Grace. The plan is to add cross references and a concordance and is what we need to do to advance the KJ3 into a main stream Bible which is our desire and many of you have also expressed the same desire.
Hold Up: Volunteers needed to begin work.
Funds Needed: None estimated
Unholy Hands on the Bible, Volume 3 – Progress: Written, typeset, needs final pagination and proofreading, Hold Up: Man-hours = 40, Printing Funds = $4,000
New Versions and The Doctrine of The Word – Progress: Written, typeset, needs final pagination and proofreading, Hold Up: Man-hours = 20, Printing Funds = $1,000
New Versions and The Doctrines of Grace – Progress: Written, typeset, needs final pagination and proofreading, Hold Up: Man-hours = 20, Printing Funds = $1,000
Fifty Greatest Christian Classics – 12 Volume Set, five have previously been printed, seven have never been printed. This entire series is going to be put into the Sponsor A Book Program described above and will be reliant upon God moving sponsors to come forward and provide the means to produce the balance of this set if it is to be done.
In closing, I believe that we may not have been correctly following the Lord’s lead in doing His work for the Body of Christ. I had come to believe that I must accomplish all these things to honor the Heavenly Father and my birth father, Jay P. Green, Sr. I thought that I had to make this happen or that happen and that the whole burden fell on my shoulders, and by doing thusly you tend to think that you are the one accomplishing the accomplishments when things do manage to get done. It is not I nor my birth father Jay Sr.’s work, but rather it is the Heavenly Father’s work and with this letter to you, I am placing it all in His hands to do as He sees best. I am merely a tool and if he provides the means I will follow and do my utmost to do what he allows me to do, if He doesn’t provide then I shall continue to seek His guidance. It is with this thought that I ask you to join us in praying and seeking His guidance and blessings on this ministry if it be His will.
A lowly servant of Our Savior and Christ,
Jay P. Green, Jr.,
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