Where Do I Start To Read the Bible?
Where do I start? No, literally, where do I start? So I want to read the Bible. That’s great. Should I read the King James Version, or the New International Version? I’ve heard that The Message makes it simple, but I’ve also heard that the New Living Translation is also easy to read.
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Old Testament or New Testament
Once I select a version, should I start in the Old Testament or the New Testament? Does it matter what order I read it in? What if I just randomly pick a book and start reading? Do I need a commentary to understand what I am reading?
What Keeps You From Starting To Read the Bible?
I don’t know about you, but making the choice to read the Bible was one of the easiest in my life. The hardest part was every decision afterward being a confusing mess distracting you from starting the task of reading God’s word.
The truth of the matter is that it doesn’t matter where you start, just start. While it is true some of the books of the Bible are easier to read than others, you can find reading plans all over the internet and plenty more at any local church. There are endless study groups both online and local to many locations in the United States which can help you start your journey through the Bible.
Book Reading vs. Subject Reading
There is some merit to reading a book of the Bible from start to finish, but there is also merit to looking up Bible verses related to a specific subject. You can learn a lot about who Jesus is by reading one of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). You can learn a lot about yourself by finding verses relating to issues you are going through.
Develop A Plan To Read the Bible
Both of these methods of reading God's word are valid. The first step to tackling this achievement is to develop a plan. Developing a plan requires you to name specific goals. Do you want to read the Bible within 6 months, 1 year, 2 years? Would you rather just develop a daily habit of reading God’s word?
Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s time to lay out specific small way points that will help you achieve your goal. If you want to read the Bible within a specific time period, divide the number of chapters by the amount of time you want to finish the task.
Commit to Read the Bible
If you want to have a daily regimen of Bible reading, pick a day and start with a 10 minute reading session. Gradually work up the time to where you want to be. Try to find a quiet place to start reading and remove distractions like TV or games. If you choose to read the Bible on the internet, close all other windows and tabs.
Where can I find a Bible reading plan?
There are many places online to find a Bible reading plan. As a member of the BloggerGrid at Bible Gateway, I recommend browsing their Bible reading plans. Of course, there are others, as well as a great number of Bible apps for mobile devices. I use YouVersion and Bible Gateway apps on my phone for quick reference or for easy access to the Bible.
Pray Before You Read the Bible
No matter what you choose to do, you should pray before reading every day. The Holy Spirit is a great interpreter and not only make the verses make sense to you, but also brings His Word alive in your very soul (John 14:26). Asking for this may also help keep you on track to achieve your goal (2 Peter 1:20-21).
A Closer Relationship With God
Remember, this is the first step to a closer relationship with God. Treat it like the foundation it will be, with all of the attention and affection it deserves. Get committed to giving time everyday and actually spend time reading the Bible. Eventually you will be doing it without even thinking!
So whats your plan for reading God's Word? Leave a comment below and let me know!