Are you a new Christian and wondering where you should start reading in the Bible?
- You feel overwhelmed when trying to decide where to read
- You get bogged down in the first five books and give up
Reading your Bible isn’t as hard as you’d think!
The natural tendency is to start reading your Bible at Genesis and work through until you get to Revelation.
After all, we’re taught to read books starting from the first page to the last page. Right?
But the Bible isn’t like other books. It’s more like a library of books. In fact, the Bible isn’t even necessarily in chronological order.
While the timeline for many of the books overlap, it is not necessary to read the books of the Bible in the order that they are laid out in the Bible.
As a matter of fact, it can get discouraging for new Christians to do this, especially when you hit mid-Exodus, because its hard to understand the feasts and ceremonial laws without a good foundation for understanding their purpose.
4 Bible Reading Tips for New Christians
1. Start Small
Don’t set out to read a whole book or even a whole chapter in one sitting. Instead, read until 3 things stand out to you; even if that means you only read one verse.
Once three things have stood out to you, write them down.
You can write them down in your journal or on a slip of paper that you carry around in your pocket to remind yourself of what you read.
Meditate on these three things all day long.
Reading the Bible isn’t a race from Genesis to Revelation. While many mature Christians make it a goal to read through the entire Bible in a year, it is important for new Christians to start with small steps and allow the Bible to change their lives from the inside out.
2. Start in the Gospels
As a new Christian, you need to get to know Jesus.
Who was He?
How did He live?
What was His mission on earth?
What does He want from you, as His follower?
These questions and more are answered in the first 4 books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
There is no better way to get to know Jesus than by reading the Gospels. And there are four of them because four men wrote about Jesus’ life from four different perspectives.
3. Get some tools
You want to do more than just sit and read the Bible as you would your favorite novel.
We don’t read the Bible for information, we read it for transformation! If we want the Bible to transform our lives, we must study it. We must think about it throughout the day. We must meditate on it.
We must let it change who we are, what we do, and how we think about the world around us.
When reading the Bible, it helps to have the following:
I love this set of Bible study templates for women!
4. Ask questions
You will likely have a lot of questions about God’s Word at first.
Don’t be afraid to ask them! There is no stupid question when it comes to reading the Bible.
Ask your pastor’s wife or small group leader
Feel free email me with any questions you may have.
Bible reading doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming, if you know how and where to start.
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- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.