How to Read the Bible (When You Don’t Know Where to Start)
My house is a zoo 99% of the time. My kids are either fighting over a coveted toy, whining for a snack or just being rambunctious kids. Even though sometimes my “quiet time”, a time devoted to growing my relationship with God through Scripture reading, is anything BUT quiet, these simple methods helped me learn how to read the Bible as a beginner.
I went from feeling that God was distant to a thriving relationship with Him simply by reading His Word.
In the early days I had no idea what I was doing, but God met me in those still, quiet moments. While I did a lot of fumbling through His Word, I’ve learned the best thing a Bible study beginner can do is just start and show up to meet with God.
As you begin or revamp your own spiritual journey, these practical tips can guide your way.
Explore the Bible.
The Good Book is divided into two sections; the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament begins with creation and features passages of some of the Bible greats; Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc.
The New Testament opens with the life of Jesus and concludes with the book of Revelations; describing the end of the earth and eternity with God. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of someone wise and knowledgeable!
Unlike most books, don’t start at the beginning.
The Bible (all of it!) is the Word of God, and every word is holy. However, once you get into the book of Genesis, you will notice a lot of genealogy and it can be a little intimidating as a beginner.
And unlike your typical books, you don’t have to read the Bible from cover to cover or start at the beginning.
Choose a book of the Bible that’s easier to understand, such as one of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. When I first started reading the Bible I enjoyed the book of Luke for the way it described the life of Jesus. Starting at the Gospels will help you grasp the sacrifice of Jesus, identify with His time on earth and relate to Him in a more personal way.
Find a SIMPLE method to understand your Bible reading.
Don’t be overwhelmed with how to read the Bible! While you may not understand everything you read, the study methods below will make it simple and convenient to process your time in God’s Word. Plus, the more you read and draw near to the heart of God, the more He will reveal Himself to you.
As a total beginner, the Read & Respond Bible study method worked well for me. It allowed me to process what I read and think through how I would apply it to my life.
Plus, it’s practical enough to squeeze into a busy schedule. In fact, it’s also dubbed The 10 Minute Bible Study Solution.
Watch how simple the Read & Respond method can be in the tutorial video:
As I matured in faith, I was looking for a study method that went a little deeper into the passage and helped me dissect the meaning. The Write the Word study method was a perfect solution, and I enjoyed taking this next step to grow in faith.
Watch the Write the Word tutorial here:
Keep it simple
There is no magic formula for reading the Bible, and God will reveal Himself to you as you start this journey. Open His Word on days you need direction, when you feel discouraged and hopeless, and days when you are filled with joy.
No matter what, carve time out of your busy day to daily connect with Him- even if it’s only 10 minutes.
To make your study time simple, check out the 40+ Bible study templates in the Family Bible Study Toolkit. This massive resource provides a road map for 5 different study methods (including the Read & Respond Method and the Topical Study Method shown above.
It takes the guess work out how to study the Bible and helps you process what you read. Learn more about how The Family Bible Study Toolkit can make your quiet time simple and practical!
The Grace & Truth Linkup
Our feature this week, Dawn from Journeys in Grace, reminds us how much God loves and adores His children. What a beautiful gift to be able to sing in the valleys of life because the Lord holds our future in His hands!
God meets our every single need, friend. He is the lover of our soul and the one who romances our hearts, coaxing them to produce a harvest of grace.- Dawn, When Our Heart is the Garden of God
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