There are many thoughts people have on where to start reading your Bible. With 66 books to choose from where should you start? Below we have created an easy Bible reading introduction guide to getting started today!
YOUR BIBLE SHOULD:
- Contain the 66 books of Scripture
- Be an easy translation for you to understand
- Be accessible to you every day!
- Ideally, be a study Bible with cross-references and commentary
For a description of why there are so many translations of the Bible see “How to Read Your Bible for All Its Worth” by Gordan Fee and Douglas Stuart. For our purposes here we seek to help ground you in Scripture with an easy access point starting with the language used, because of this we recommend the New Living Translation which we find to be easily understood. We also recommend the “Bible App” as an easy digital access point to the Bible and to its multiple translations.
5 BOOKS TO GET YOU STARTED:
The Bible speaks to all aspects of our lives and is holy and sufficient. You may be wondering where to start since it is so overwhelming. We suggest starting with the book of John. John is Jesus’ best friend and one of his disciples. His gospel gives a unique perspective into the life of Christ and who he is.
Next you should read through Acts. Acts gives us a historical understanding of how the early church was established after the death and resurrection of Christ, it begins with Jesus’ charge to the Twelve Apostles to spread and share the gospel. This is where we meet Paul, a witness and early leader for the Christian church whose life impacted us beyond measure as he boldly proclaims the gospel and shares it with everyone!
To understand the “why”, we must go to the beginning. Genesis and Exodus contain the creation story and building blocks to our existence. Throughout these books, you learn about God, his deep relationship with his people, and the covenants he makes with them.
The next building block to your reading plan is Romans. Here Paul lays out a clear, bold, apologetic as to why being a disciple of Christ is not only reasonable but who we are designed to be. This book speaks to our issues with sin, and our heart’s desires and explains our salvation!
If you read through these 5 books you will be primed to continue your way through the rest of the Bible and build upon your new foundation! We suggest joining a bible study and the free digital “Bible App YouVersion” has many Bible reading plans you can follow or join as well. God’s word is transformative and each day is an opportunity to inscribe His Word into our hearts.
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