Lets be honest, reading the Bible can be a little intimidating. Its one book, but its also 66 books? Huh? What’s up with all the different versions? Wait, so I’m not supposed to start at the beginning? Its easy for the whole thing to become daunting. And because of this, many of us have left the Bible stuff to the guy on stage on Sunday mornings.
But the Bible is so much more than that! The Bible is God’s Word, and it’s the greatest story ever written. God loves to speak to us through His Word. And I’ve seen that those who spend even just a few minutes a day reading the Bible tend to have a much more vibrant relationship with God.
So here’s some tips to help us get us started:
1. Pick a place
Sometimes the hardest part about reading the Bible is just actually sitting down and remembering to do it. The easiest way to keep up with it is just schedule it. Pick a time and a place and just do it. I love to read in the mornings after I workout. When works for you?
One more thing… don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. God isn’t mad at you. Seriously, just pick it back up the next day.
2. Try a Reading Plan
If you’re not sure what to read first a reading plan can be a great place to start. There are lots of reading plans based on topics or themes, and it can help take the guess work out of where to read next. Here are a few of my favorite:
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3. Find a version you like
There are all sorts of different versions to help us understand the Bible. The main reason for this is that our english language has changed over the centuries, making updated translations helpful. Here are a few of my favorites:
There are lots of different options, check out a couple and find one that you can understand and engage with.
4. Write down your thoughts
Writing down some thoughts as I’m reading the Bible helps me to better engage, better remember, and better process what I’m reading. It helps me to move from information to application. Write down your questions, or what you’re learning, or even how you can apply it to your life. Simply writing down your thoughts can be a great catalyst to clarity.
5. Talk about it
The Bible was meant to be read in community. Grab a cup of coffee with a friend and talk about what you’re learning. Ask questions. God can even use what someone else is learning to challenge you. Plus, its just more fun to live life with other people! A great place to find community is in a small group, you can find one here.