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Bible Basics: 8 Benefits of Reading Your Bible Daily

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Reignite your passion for reading the Bible by reminding yourself of the benefits God has made available to you through His Word.

The Bible is the living, breathing Word of God. And though we know it in our heads, sometimes we forget this truth in our hearts. We go through the motions and treat our time in the Word as an obligation, failing to see it as the gift it really is. Reignite your passion for reading the Bible by reminding yourself of the benefits God has made available to you through His Word.

1. Your faith will be strengthened.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. –Romans 10:17 NIV

2. You will be successful.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” –Joshua 1:8 NLT

3. You will be prepared.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. –2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

4. You will receive direction and clarity.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. –Psalm 119:105 KJV

5. You will be equipped to point others toward Jesus.
He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. –Titus 1:9 ESV

6. You will gain understanding.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. –Psalm 119:130 NIV

7. You will be encouraged.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. –Romans 15:4 ESV

8. You will be set free.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” –John 8:31–32 NLT

We hope you feel inspired and excited about digging into God’s Word and seeking Him daily. We recommend starting with a study Bible if you’re new to reading the Bible. A study Bible contains extensive help and features like annotations that explain difficult passages or theology and doctrine, references to indicate where text relates to, word definitions, a concordance, maps and timelines, and more.

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Understand the timeline of biblical events, learn more about the culture and customs during Jesus’ time and discover how to apply the Good News to your life by supplementing your study with a second Bible.

Have you ever read the Bible and felt like you didn’t understand the point of the passage? The stories in the Bible aren’t documented in order and it isn’t always clear how they relate to other pieces of Scripture, which can make it difficult to comprehend the context. Understand the timeline of biblical events, learn more about the culture and customs during Jesus’ time and discover how to apply the Good News to your life by supplementing your study with a second Bible.

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A Chronological Bible
Gain a greater understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. Chronological Bibles arrange the entire Bible text—books, chapters and even verses—in the order the events actually happened. This structure allows the stories to flow in a more natural way so they are easier to understand.

The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
Discover new insights into even the most familiar Bible passages with the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Every page is packed with expert insights into the customs, culture and literature of Bible times. It’s a window into behind-the-scenes details of the ancient world that will clarify difficult passages and give you confidence in your study of Scripture.

The Jesus Bible
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem isn’t the beginning of the story of Jesus. The entire Bible points to Him. Filled with relevant notes, articles, essays and book introductions, The Jesus Bible will help you follow the thread of Jesus from cover to cover. Discover a new depth to the Bible’s meaning as you see Him in every chapter of the story. The Jesus Bible includes exclusive articles from Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, Randy Alcorn and others from the Passion Movement.

A Life Application Study Bible
The Life Application Study Bibles emphasize living out the principles of Scripture rather than simply looking at the historical details from that time period. The notes not only explain difficult passages and give cultural cues; they go a step further, speaking to every situation and circumstance of your life. These Bibles include nearly 10,000 Life Application notes and features designed to help you apply God’s truth to everyday life.

Understanding the Bible is the first step to applying what’s on the pages. We hope these resources help you grasp all that God’s Word has to offer.

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Get encouraged and equipped with these tips for first-time Bible readers.

Opening the Bible for the first time can be intimidating and overwhelming. But with some grace and guidance, you can press past your doubts and find freedom in God’s Word. Get encouraged and equipped with these tips for first-time Bible readers.

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Prepare Your Heart
In the beginning, you may feel like reading your Bible is an obligation or a chore. Don’t be discouraged! Spend some time in prayer, asking God to help you see His Word as a blessing instead of a burden.

Start with the Gospel
Don’t feel like you need to read from beginning to end. The Bible is like no other book; reading out of order won’t change the truth on the pages. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are a great place to start. They are commonly referred to as the Gospel because they detail the life of Jesus.

Use a Bible Study Guide
Designed to enrich your understanding of God’s Word, Bible Studies are a great tool for first-time Bible readers. Navigate God’s Word by books of the Bible or by a topic that relates to a specific season in your life.

Ask Questions
It takes time to fully understand God’s Word. If you’re confused by a passage or stumble on something that doesn’t’ align with what you have been told about Christianity – ask! Find a spiritual mentor or leader in the church who can help you navigate the complexity of the Bible and answer your questions honestly.

Apply the Word
The Bible should inspire you to live differently. If you’re simply going through the motions and moving on with business as usual, you’re missing out on the benefits of the Bible. Choose at least one verse from your reading to meditate on and think about how you can implement that wisdom into your daily life.

God’s Word is a gift. We hope these tips encourage you to dive in and begin to unpack all the Bible has to offer.

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Stay committed to reading the Bible in one year with these tips.

January has arrived, and with it, the promise of renewal and a fresh start. We know many of you have set spiritual goals for the year ahead and we’re excited to walk alongside you during this season of growth. We also know spending more time in God’s Word is one of the most popular resolutions among believers. Stay committed to reading the Bible in one year with these tips.

Commit to Consistency
Establish a time of day that works well for you and commit that window of time to your daily Bible reading. Find a place in your home that is comfy and quiet, free of distractions, so you can focus on reading and absorbing God’s Word.

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Rethink the Rules
There is more than one way to read and understand the Bible, so give yourself permission to skip around. If reading cover to cover isn’t for you, consider reading chronologically or dabbling in both the Old Testament and the New Testament every day. If you’re just getting started on your walk with God, we recommend first reading Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Take Down Your Thoughts
Writing is a wonderful way to explore your emotions and your faith more fully. Journal verses that stand out to you, prayer requests, how certain passages make you feel and anything else God whispers to you during these quiet moments with Him.

Ask for Accountability
Find a spiritual mentor who can check in with you periodically or encourage a friend or family member to read along with you. Allowing others in on your goal can increase your chances of achieving it.

Pray Persistently
As Christians, prayer is the cornerstone of everything we do. Set yourself up for success by laying your goals down at God’s feet and relying on Him for strength. If prayer has felt more like a burden than a blessing lately, energize your prayer life with these four tips.

Give Yourself Some Grace
We all fall short of perfection. Thankfully, we serve a gracious God who doesn’t expect us to be faultless. If you miss a day of reading, forgive yourself, pray about it and get back on track tomorrow. Don’t give up!

We hope you feel encouraged and empowered to reach your goal of reading through the Bible in 2017.

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The Bible is a love letter, a set of instructions, the inspired Word of God and so much more. But if we’re honest, it can also be confusing, overwhelming and intimidating. With so many authors, parables and translations, it can be difficult to wrap your head around all the Bible has to offer. Get into the Word and begin to better understand the Gospel with these Bible study tips.

10 Bible Study Tips

  1. Prepare Your Heart: Say a prayer of thankfulness before diving into God’s Word. This will align your heart and your mind as you seek to know Him more.
  2. Strive For Consistency: Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, try to set aside a consistent time every day to dig into scripture.
  3. Set The Tone: Listen to praise and worship music before getting started to focus your heart and your mind. Stock up on your favorite tunes with our Buy One Get One 50% Off sale on all music.
  4. Avoid Distractions: Be honest with yourself about what pulls your focus away from God and avoid it during your quiet time.
  5. Engage With Community: While individual time with God is important, spending time getting to know Him with your brothers and sisters in Christ can be incredibly effective.
  6. Make Time: If you can’t find time to sit in God’s presence, write down everything you do for a few days. You’ll likely notice patterns and identify areas that are consuming you.
  7. Change Up Your Technique: Don’t be afraid to use more than one devotional or tool to avoid falling into a rut. Use a Study Bible or document your journey with God in a Journaling Bible.
  8. Revisit Verses: The beauty of God’s Word is that it is alive. This means scripture may speak differently to you depending on what season you are in.
  9. Pick Out Patterns: The Bible is full of promises, warnings and instructions. Choose a color for each theme and highlight passages that relate.
  10. Ask For Clarity: Ask God for clarity when you don’t understand something. He is ready and willing to impart His wisdom if we simply ask.

What are some of your go-to Bible study tips?