Reading the Bible every day can change the rest of your days, and God’s word—the Bible—is the primary way He speaks to us. It’s the absolute best way to discover how to follow Jesus. Reading the Bible will bring you hope, encouragement, guidance, and practical advice on the every day issues you’re facing. It is relevant to everyone, everywhere, at any time.
No book has made an impact on this world like the Bible. It’s
the best-selling book of all time and the most widely read book in the entire world.
The Bible is as practical as it is holy.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 describes the Bible as “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Reading the Bible is one of the best ways to get to know God. But if we’re being honest, reading the Bible can be confusing.
Unlike any other book you’ve ever read, every word was inspired by God and written by man. The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by 40 different authors over a 1,500 year period. The Bible isn’t organized in chronological order like most books. Instead, it is categorized by genres including history, prophecy, poetry and personal letters.
Each book was broken into chapters and verses, to make it easy for people to follow along or find their place. But if you’re not in a church service, how do you know where to start?
Don’t Start At The Beginning
The whole Bible is about Jesus, which is why it's best to start with Him. Everything in the Old Testament points to the fact that God's people needed rescuing. Jesus is that rescuer, but it's hard to see that without first understanding who Jesus is and what He did on earth.
Reading the Bible from beginning to end would be like watching the Star Wars movies in order. You’ll get more out of the newer movies after watching the original 1970s trilogy, because you know who the characters grow up to be.
The New Testament is the best place to start reading the Bible. The first four books (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are accounts of Jesus' life and ministry, and are often referred to as the gospels. Reading the gospels is like reading the journals of four friends who went on a road trip together. They tell many of the same stories, but from four different perspectives.
A Couple of Great Places To Start Reading The Bible:
1. The book of John
Putting our trust in Jesus is easier said than done. We sing about how great Jesus is every Sunday, and we want to experience His love and faithfulness for ourselves. John, one of Jesus’ followers, understood that feeling.
John met Jesus at the start of his ministry and was there for every miracle along the way. John became one of Jesus’ close friends. The book of John is John’s account of Jesus’ life. It explains why Jesus came to Earth, records what He taught, and recalls the miracles Jesus performed while He was here.
2. The Book of Acts
Acts is the story of how the church started and grew after Jesus went back to heaven. Acts shows us why we do church and introduces us to leaders in the early church who went on to write much of the rest of the New Testament. Read a chapter a day, and you’ll finish the whole book in less than a month.
In the pages of the Bible, God reminds us:
We are loved. In Jeremiah 31:3, He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
He gives us the ability to be wise. In Ephesians 5:15-16, God says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise …”
We have reason to hope. In Isaiah 41:10, God says, “…do not be dismayed, for I am your God…”
He has great plans for our lives. His best is “immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine” ( Ephesians 3:20).