A Beginners Guide To Reading The Bible
Like many young Christians, learning to read the Bible can be a daunting task to undertake on your own without any guidance. Reading the Bible takes planning, patience and a little bit of training. This is one book, you shouldn't just start reading from front to back. Check out these easy tips that will help you get the most out of reading your Bible.
Choose A User-Friendly Bible That's Easy To Read
While Originally, the Bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, some translations can be equally painful to read. If you're starting to practise reading the Bible pick one of the standard translations or a study Bible. Study Bibles are a great idea because they usually offer extra information right next to the text, quick summaries at the beginning of each book, answers to commonly asked questions, lists of key verses, parables, miracles and much more.
Don't Start At The Very Beginning
Now that we've tackled what kind of Bible you need to have to succeed, the next important question is, "Where do I start?"
Many Christian beginners start in any random place or try to get into it on page one and get stuck. But like any other book, some are easier to read than others. Our recommended order for reading the Bible includes these nine books. They will allow you to revisit some of the most popular events going up to the progressively more difficult at the end.
Matthew – Luke
Romans – Jude
Genesis and Exodus
Psalms – Proverbs
Joshua – Job, Isaiah – Malachi
Leviticus – Deuteronomy
Use tools, Bible study groups and resources well
Understanding what you're reading and how you can apply it to your life is easier when you have a good study group. It's not mandatory, but it is one of the most helpful ways to progress. And since most of these groups don't go in-depth, they are only there to help you make you understand what you're reading better.
If you can't find a study group in your local church community, there are several groups you can find online. Also popular are free Bible study apps for your phone that help you take your learning anywhere you go. Today there are several great resources like Bible dictionaries, concordances and journals and more.
Most of us don't have the time to read the Bible for hours every day continuously. But most of us can quickly put aside some time every day to go to a chapter or a few chapters at a time. As a beginner, remember that reading the Bible is not a speed-reading contest, and it's perfectly normal to re-read passages, take time to make notes and improve your understanding of God's Word slowly.
There are many reasons you should read slowly and foremost among them is the need to stop and reflect on how it applies to you. Some questions to help you get started can include:
What do I understand about this passage?
What are some of the critical points in it?
How does it fit in with the rest of my life?
What does it reveal about God to me?
Can I learn something from it?
What changes can I make in my life after reading this passage?
Truth be told, the Word of God has isn’t a garbled mess of confused thoughts. Its message is complex but clear. All it takes is your willingness and patience to put in the work needed to understand the text so that God can transform your life from the inside out.