Start Reading the Bible

So you’ve become a Christian, but now what? It’s perfectly normal to wonder about your next steps. It’s good to start with learning about Jesus by reading the Bible daily.

Cover to cover, the Bible is hundreds of pages. This may seem intimidating and you’ll find yourself wondering where you should start, but first, let’s look at its overall content. The Bible is a collection of books, written by different authors, all inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16). These books contain actual history, words of the prophets, poems, wisdom, eyewitness accounts of Jesus, collections of letters, and the promises of God.

The first four books of the New Testament are referred to as the gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John focus on the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Reading them will give you a clear understanding of who Christ is, His purpose, and how He loves you.

Starting with the gospel of Matthew, take your time reading and don’t focus so much on the city names and geography. Really focus on the relationship Jesus had with His disciples. Did you know that Jesus considers you His disciple? Imagine He is speaking directly to you as you read Matthew.

Next, read the gospel of John to gain understanding about the relationship between Jesus and His Father. The goal is to really understand its meaning so you can discover how God feels about you.

It is better to read one gospel with clear understanding than to follow a one-year Bible reading plan simply for the sake of reading it.

Continue with the remaining two gospels as you choose. It is helpful to share what you are reading with a friend. Reading and studying the Bible is pleasing unto God (2 Timothy 2:15). Don’t give up! Read at least a few verses a day and you’ll soon discover who Christ is and all He has done for you.

Grab your bible and a friend and jump right in!