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03/23/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

Practical Guide to Reading the Bible

How do I read the Bible? Where do I start? What do I do when I don’t understand it?

What do you mean when you say that reading the Bible will make my life better?

These are some of the most common questions regarding the Bible.  First of all, you must understand that the Word of God is written by many different human authors who are lead by God’s spirit.  The Word of God is absolutely truthful and good.

Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:4

Therefore you see that reading the Bible is essential to growing as a Christian and should become an important part of our daily life.

For Beginners:

  • There are 66 books in the Bible (39 Old Testament, 27 New Testament).
  • There are many different versions of the Bible.  Some are old English, some are more modern English.  Choose one that you are comfortable with and start there.
  • John 3:16 means chapter 3, verse 16 of the Gospel of John.
  • Start from the book of Mark in the New Testament because it is short and is also in chronological order.
  • Then continue on to Luke and Matthew, and then eventually to the rest of the books in the New Testament.

For Intermiates:

  • Read one chapter in Proverbs everyday because there are 31 chapters in Proverbs. Repeat every month until you learn the wisdom from Proverbs.
  • Use the Index in the back of the Bible to search for key topics.
  • Join a Bible Study.

For Advanced:

  • Always look up verses that are taught at Church or Bible studies.
  • Get a Bible reading guide. It will guide you to read the entire Bible in one year. A good guide shouldn’t make you read from beginning to end.
  • Try and memorize verses you like.  The Word of God can help defend you against evil.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  – Hebrews 4:12

And if you are having trouble understanding something, you can:

  • pray that God will help you understand
  • ask a more mature Christian
  • refer to a study Bible
  • Google it.

Happy reading!

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