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.
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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