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!

>Learn more about the Family Bible Study Toolkit HERE<

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About Sarah Ann

Welcome to Faith Along the Way! I am a redeemed child of God and perfectly imperfect in every area of my life. Wife to Hubs, we’ve battled the storms of Cancer, infertility, adoption & Autism together the past 10 years and praise God for his continued guidance. I hope you’ll join us on this journey through life as we trust God with faith along the way.

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    Shelly Hendricks (@Renewed_Daily) September 5, 2014 (3:41 pm)

    Sarah, what a sweet surprise to see my blog here! Thank you, you made my day! 🙂 This is a wonderful post that I was coming to share anyway, but that was an added bonus! 🙂 I will be reviewing a chronological devotional bible soon, and will be giving it away. I think it’s a great way to read through the bible with more insight and less confusion. Thanks for these great tips! Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3
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      Sarah Ann September 5, 2014 (7:35 pm)

      You beat me to the surprise, Shelly! I SO love your devotionals and wanted to be sure everyone else knew how amazing they are! Hugs, sweet friend!

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    Bethany September 6, 2014 (4:10 pm)

    This was so inspirational. I feel closest to God when I make bible reading a priority daily and read the bible through in a year. I don’t say that to brag but I looked forward to it everyday after a while. Found you from SITS by the way!!
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      Sarah Ann September 6, 2014 (9:10 pm)

      Thanks, Bethany! It’s so true that once you get in a solid routine, you miss that daily connection with God! It’s such a blessing to connect with you and I look forward to visiting your site soon!

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    Serena @ Simple Holistic Girl September 8, 2014 (12:12 pm)

    I had started to read the Bible from the beginning to the end. My goal was to read it from cover to cover and write down all the questions I had along the way. BUT that got really tedious, so I whipped out my Through the Bible in a Year Workbook and that is helping me get through it in a more structured way.
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    Sarah Donegan September 8, 2014 (2:02 pm)

    Reading the Bible can feel like such a chore, but man, when you find a verse that jumps off the page, it is amazing! Especially when it is one you have read many times and never noticed.
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    Dawn Paoletta (@breathoffaith) September 9, 2014 (10:27 pm)

    What a lovely post. I love the Old and New Testament equally- and remember someone telling me The OT is Christ concealed and the NT is Christ revealed. I always loved that way of describing it. I am currently reading Streams in the Desert and highly recommend it as a devotional. It’s for hard places, long trials. The depth and beauty I have read in this devo, make it one of my faves. I like to read a book at a time and not in order ( although in the past I have read through in order or structured reading plans) – and vary my reading based on where God may lead…or my ADD may take me! 😉
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      Sarah Ann September 9, 2014 (10:39 pm)

      Great suggestion! I will have to check out that book and it sounds right up my alley! SUCH a great idea for how to remember the OT and NT! I will be using that! So glad you stopped by!

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    Betsy de Cruz February 25, 2017 (5:50 pm)

    Sarah Ann, I’m SO impressed by your videos! Excellent! Sharing this this afternoon on Facebook. Keep up the good work encouraging us to get into the Word! Pinning too. 🙂

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      Sarah Ann February 26, 2017 (11:51 am)

      Thank you so, much Betsy! I’m so glad this encouraged you!

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    Valerie Murray February 26, 2017 (5:37 pm)

    What a wonderful resource! Sharing!

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      Sarah Ann April 1, 2017 (1:17 am)

      Thank you so much, Valerie! I appreciate it!

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    Ida Pahus February 27, 2017 (6:59 pm)

    Those videos are soo good and practical! Thanks so much for making and sharing them!! 😀

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      Sarah Ann April 1, 2017 (1:17 am)

      I’m so glad they were beneficial! Many blessings to you!