The Bible can be intimidating for new Christians, even some who’ve been around a while. After all, the Bible includes 66 books written by 40* different authors over a span of 1,600 years.
You may be wondering how it could all possibly fit together and tell one overarching story. You might feel like you’ll never understand it. You’re not alone. None of us will ever understand all the mysteries of God, but that won’t keep us from pursuing Him through His word and growing in our Biblical knowledge.
Which sounds most like you?
I love to read and want to get as much as I can as fast as I can get it.
You’re a great candidate to start at the beginning with the Book of Genesis and read all the way through Revelation.
I’m overwhelmed, but want to get started.
You don’t have to read the entire Bible cover to cover right away. If you want to begin with a handful of books, these will give you a decent overview: Genesis, Exodus, Luke, Acts, 1 Peter, and Revelation.
I can only handle one book right now.
Start with either the Book of Luke or John. Your choice! You’ll learn a lot about Jesus and his ministry. You’ll also learn what it means to be a Christian.
Guess what? It doesn’t really matter how you do it.
God doesn’t doesn’t care if you read the entire Bible cover to cover right away, or if you simply start with one book. What matters is that you seek to grow and make progress.
Did you know?
The Bible is divided into two parts: The Old Testament (everything before the birth of Jesus) and the New Testament (including the birth of Jesus, his ministry, crucifixion, and beyond).
Memorizing the names and order of the books of the Bible will help you always find your place.
Scripture addresses are how we find our way around within books. (Ex., John 3:16 means the Book of John, in the third chapter, verse 16.)
Every time the pastor tells you to take out a Bible and find a verse during a teaching, you’re practicing finding your way around your own Bible.
There are many different versions of the Bible. If you picked up a Bible at 12Stone, it’s the New International Version (NIV). Sometimes we also quote from “The Message” version.
It’s your Bible! Feel free to highlight or underline verses, and write your thoughts or prayers in the margins. Lightning will not strike down, God enjoys your learning!
Some people like to listen to an audio Bible through on a mobile app or on CD. Find what works for you and make it enjoyable!
* The exact number is unknown, but 40 is the more common belief amongst scholars.