All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
– 2 TIMOTHY 3:16
HOW DO I BEGIN?
Reading your Bible is all about being transformed. But this doesn’t mean it has to be a difficult and overwhelming process. It’s about allowing yourself to be filled with faith, truth and life so that you can be sustained for the rest of your days. So keep it simple:
1. Spend just 10 minutes a day
2. Focus on a verse or paragraph a day
3. Spend a few minutes Praying about your verse
4. Consider how to apply it to your life.
The purpose of the Bible is to know God and to help us develop a relationship with Him. It’s not just for knowledge. Jesus corrected people for thinking that knowledge of the Scriptures was enough, and showed them that the purpose was to understand who He is and how to be like Him.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
The Bible is one big compilation of 66 books. The first 39 are called the ‘Old Testament’ and are filled with history, stories, poetry and prophetic writings. These books cover the entire history of God’s people before Jesus came to us.
The last 27 books are called the ‘New Testament”. These books are all about Jesus! His birth, life, death, resurrection and what His sacrifice means for us, the Church.
Because of the structure of the Bible, you shouldn’t start reading it from the beginning like a Novel. Doing this can be difficult and confusing. Instead, read the New Testament, beginning with the Gospel of John.
We recommend the New Living Translation or NLT for your daily reading. You can access this translation for free at bible.com or biblegateway.com
We recommend the One Year Bible or Chronological One Year Bible in the New Living Translation. We also recommend the reading plans made available by YouVersion on the Bible App or bible.com.