1. Why do we read the Bible?
Bible was inspired by God Himself through human beings (2 Peter 1:21).
The Bible is God’s voice, and it is the primary way He chooses to speak
to us. His written word gives us certainty about what God wants for our
lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and it’s the only reliable way to learn who
God is and what His character is like. The more we know God, the more we
want to be like Him.
sent His Son, Jesus, to Earth to pay for our sins because the cost was
too much for us to bear on our own. John 1:1 says, “the Word (Jesus) was
with God, and the Word was God.” Then, in John 1:14, the Bible says,
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
like we wouldn’t have relationships with our children or spouses
without communicating with them, we can’t have a relationship with God
without hearing from Him either. As we continue to read the Bible
throughout our lives, our relationship with God grows, and we develop
greater and greater trust in Him. We will know we can rely on Him as we
obey His commands and seek His guidance in all areas of our lives.
2. Where do I start?
can start reading the Bible anywhere, but it might get confusing if you
jump in randomly. The Bible is about Jesus. His name might not be found
on every page, but the Bible can basically be broken into three parts
centered around Him: life before, during, and after Jesus’ time on
earth. Getting to know Jesus helps us see Him in the rest of the story.
first half of the Bible, Genesis through Malachi, is called the Old
Testament. It tells the story of life before Jesus and looks forward to
His arrival on Earth. The second half, Matthew through Revelation, is
called the New Testament and describes Jesus’ life, ministry, and
The more we know God, the more we want to be like Him.
Jesus lived on Earth, He had a group of close friends called disciples.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John recorded their
accounts of Jesus’ life and teaching in the first four books of the New
Testament. These four books are called the Gospels, and they are the
best place to start reading the Bible.
3. What if I don't understand?
be afraid to ask questions. You will come across words or phrases that
don’t make sense at first. If you have a personal relationship with
Jesus, you have a personal relationship with the author of the Bible as
well (Romans 10:13, 2 Timothy 3:16). Ask God to help you understand what
you’re reading, and ask friends who’ve been following Jesus longer to
help you understand.
Two Tips that can Help...
1. Consider who these words are written to.
books of the Bible are written as history, others are letters to
specific churches, and others are letters to specific people.
Identifying the original audience of a book will help make things
2. Consider what kind of writing it is.
all writing is the same. You wouldn’t send a text message to a friend
with the same writing style you would use to hand write a letter to your
grandmother. In the same way, the authors of the Bible used different
writing styles, like poetry, narrative, and prophecy.
Bible isn’t meant to confuse you, but sometimes it does, and that’s OK.
Keep reading. The more we read, the better we get to know God. And the
better we get to know God, the more we understand what we’re reading.
119, the longest chapter of any book in the Bible, describes how our
appreciation for God and His Word increases as we read the Bible and do
what it says: “Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and
obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for
there I find delight” (Psalm 119:34-35).