How do you read The Bible as a new believer? Where is the best place to begin and What can you learn from it? This was one of the main problem I had when beginning to read The Bible. It was one of the first questions that I asked when I started my journey with God.
Hopefully, this post will share with you a couple of ways that I used and helped me begin reading The Bible. https://www.thismamaprays.com/9-tips-reading-bible-new-beginner/
There are two simple ways that you can apply when beginning to read The Bible. The two simple strategies which you can use to start are different from each other but I will show you the pros and cons for each.
The Bible is one of the most well known book in the world. However, as a new follower or as someone returning to faith with God it can sometimes feel like a very overwhelming book to undertake reading when you know very little about the subject.
What Is The Bible About?
The Bible is actually a series of 66 books in total that tells the story of Jesus. Its starts with the book of Genesis and goes all the way to the book of Revelations at the end.
It was originally written in three languages Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. It has more than 670 full translations worldwide.
Here I hope to inspire you to firstly open the book. The beginning is always the hardest part of anything. Staying motivated is all part of the process.
Secondly, if you can make time to learn what God has planned for you. Reading it daily can give you a source of inspiration, help and joy.
Although not all the stories may be uplifting, it does show Gods overwhelming love for us. It also has numerous lessons that we can discover and comprehend Gods will.
I hope that you will find the happiness and comfort that I have found in The Bible. I also aim to guide you in some way in experiencing the numerous lessons and teachings it has to offer.
How To Start Reading The Bible
I started reading The Bible more to understand my husband better. I also had some questions that had been niggling me for a while.
When we meet I was an Atheist and he was a Christian and it wasn’t a problem for us. I had never been brought up in a Christian environment but felt that I had been given good values.
However, I suppose I had always been curious about faith in some way or another. For one reason or another, I had not pursued learning about God.
I also hadn’t had a good experience of Christians in the past so didn’t see the positives of becoming one.
While I respected my husbands faith, I wasn’t really interested nor did I understand it fully. It didn’t really impact our relationship at that point so we continued on.
Like most couples, we would have our disagreements or arguments but noting that really caused a rift.
Yet, as time passed you guessed it. The fateful day arrived when it did. Due to our cultural differences shall we say, we got into a very big argument fuelled by family and lots of other factors.
This is what initially started me on my journey to questioning the What, Why and How?
Little did I know then what a huge impact it would make on my life and how it would change me and my outlook on everything.
Reading Plan One
So like with any good book you can begin reading at the very first page right the way through to the very last page.
The Bible starts with the book of Genesis and works through the books in The Old Testament until we get to the book of Matthew and then start our journey into The New Testament.
You can read The Bible in a year. If this is something you would like to do then you can read about 3 to 4 chapters per day. Alternatively you could listen to it via an audio app.
There are also 670 translations to choose from and you will find a few of them listed later in this post.
I have listed a few useful apps for you below for The Bible and Audio apps if you find listening to The Bible easier. Some of which I use every day and I had added the links below.
At The Beginning Of The Bible
So The Bible starts with the book of Genesis. This is where God creates The World and we meet Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.
Taking this as our starting point we can systematically work our way through all 66 books within The Bible. This takes us through The Old Testament to The New Testament and closes with Revelations.
Whilst this way is very good for understanding the story of Jesus it is also a difficult way too. This is because The Old Testament can be difficult to relate to in the beginning. It can be simpler if you understand the history of the time.
This is what I found the first time that I began to read The Bible and why I subsequently gave up so easily in the outset.
Reading Plan Two
The second way that you can start reading The Bible is, to commence with, the Book of Matthew which begins about two-thirds of the way into The Bible.
Using this as a starting point and reading from there to the end of Revelations can be a better way to begin. You can then go back and read The Old Testament.
The New Testament documents the life of Jesus and his impact on the world. He shows us how he went about teaching his disciples and others the ways of The Father. From this, we can begin to understand and find our connection with God.
This encourages us to begin to realise, see and experience who Jesus was and what his role in the world. What was his purpose and why did God use him in this way. It can also drive us to question what our own purpose is in the world.
For me, this was a much more manageable way to begin reading The Bible. I feel it really made more sense to me. I also found things easier to relate too as well.
What If I Still Struggle With Understanding The Bible?
Trust in the Word with all your heart
Proverbs 30NLT New Living Translation
Remember with any new skill, practice makes perfect. Whilst we will never be perfect, God really does want a relationship with us. He wants to know us on a deeper level and to connect with us daily.
If you struggle with reading a book or part of The Bible then start with a Psalm or Proverb. Pick one and read one of those instead, they are shorter and generally easier to understand.
You can then go back and try again when you are feeling more prepared or when you feel that you understand more.
If a part excites you, challenges you view or touches your heart then you can read it again and again if you want too.
Alternatively, you can reach out to someone and ask if you are unsure. Whether that be at church through another follower or via the internet to gain an answer.
There are a variety of different types of Bibles and translations that you can read from and below are some of the easier Bibles translations, to begin with, to help explain The Bible in a format that you can relate too.
What Is The Best Bible To Start Reading As A Beginner?
- NLT – New Living Translation
- ESV – English Standard Version
- NKJ – New King James
- NIV – New International Version
There are even beautiful Bible Journals that you can buy or create yourself. Or you can try a Bible study plan to give you a structure to follow and a reading plan. All of these are still great ways to embark on this journey.
There are wonderful Podcasts and Utube channels that you can listen or watch, to grow in The Word. These will help you learn and comprehend the Biblical principals of The Bible so that you can relate it more to everyday life.
What Can You Expect To Learn From Reading The Bible As A Beginner?
The question that you should ask yourself is ‘What do you want to learn from The Bible’?
What is lacking in your life?
Where are you struggling in your life?
What is your greatest fear? because with God you can overcome all of them if you truly want too.
How I Felt Before I Read The Bible
For me, I was not brought up with a faith. I was raised with great morals and values without a doubt but I lacked a foundation in faith.
I felt alone, lost and purposeless. I longed for help for comfort at a truly painful time in my life and all I felt was empty hopelessness.
To say those times were dark is an understatement and it has taken a long time to reach a point in my life where I can talk about them openly.
I felt that if I suppressed them and my calling that I would somehow still be able to control my life.
How Reading The Bible Has Changed Me
However, when I found my church a place where I felt accepted and that I belonged that’s where I came into my own and everything changed in a radical way.
Before finding God I thought that I had to have it all figured out. That I had to fix what was broken with no manual on how to even start let alone where to begin!!
There is a beautiful song called Reckless Love by Cory Asbury. It talks about God chasing us down and fighting to find us.
Read more about the Joys of Praise and Worship Here and my top ten songs that lift my heart.
We just have to be open to Him catching hold of our hand and us never letting go. Once this happens we can then begin to change. Not just in ourself but also how we interact and care for others.
For me, I changed for the better as a wife, a mother, a friend and a daughter. Although I have good and bad days I know that with Him I am always loved and in return I can give love unconditionally without fear.
What I Have Learnt From Reading The Bible As A Beginner
To trust God and take leaps of faith. Like going to live in another country because I knew that was where He was leading me. By submitting and return to somewhere I never wanted to come back too.
Learning what my calling is and where my place in the world is and what purpose I have.
I am stronger than I could ever imagine through the journey that the Lord has sent me on and where he still wants me to go.
In submitting to Gods will instead of my own, amazing things can happen.
Being grateful and learning to see the joy in the journey can bring even more Joy.https://www.thismamaprays.com/hello-world/ orhttps://www.thismamaprays.com/about-me-finding-everyday-journey-joy-motherhood/
The Last Thing You Should Know About Reading The Bible.
There is no right or wrong way to begin. The two ways that I have listed above are only a guide. You ultimately can begin any way that you want too.
There is no right or wrong way. This is your journey and God has a plan and a purpose for you.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths
Proverbs 3: 5-6NLT New Living Translation
I would love to know if you found this helpful and how you are finding your journey with the Lord. I would also love to know if you need help with anything in start your journey reading The Bible.