How to Read the Bible

What would Jesus do? The only way to know what Jesus would do in any given situation is to read the bible. But let’s face it, pick up and dust off a bible and you stare at it thinking, “Where do I start?”

“In the beginning, God created” Yes, that’s a good place to start, but the Old Testament is a bit daunting for the bible novice. Eventually, read Genesis and Exodus to learn about the old bible stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, Jonah and the whale and Moses.

Don’t play “Bible Roulette” — opening the Bible and reading wherever you land. You should read it systematically.

The place to start is the New Testament. The Gospel of Matthew is the first book of the New Testament, but it, too can be a bit daunting. It was written for the Jews of the first century explaining how Jesus is the Messiah they’ve been waiting for, thus the genealogy of Jesus in the first chapter.
Mark is more a no-nonsense story of Jesus’ time on earth as an adult. Luke starts with the Christmas story then tells more or less the same stories as Mark. The Gospel of John, on the other hand, is different. 
The other Gospels focus on events and facts of Jesus’ life, John tells of Christ’s nature — the meaning of what Jesus said and did — how God spoke in the only way we could understand — by becoming one of us. It clearly explains the basics of the faith.

Then read 1 John. It describes the nature of God’s Love for us humans.

The Apostle Paul wrote the majority of the New Testament in the form of letters to the churches of the first century. Even though it was writing so long ago, he could have been talking about today and what we got through in our lives.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians talks about the joy of believing in Christ. In Romans, Paul describes the whole scope of Christian doctrine, convincing readers that Christ holds the answers to all of life’s important questions.

What version of the bible is best? The King James Version (with all the “thees” and ‘thous’) is hard to read, but if that’s all you have in the house, start there then get yourself a newer version like The New Living Translation or the Good News Bible. They are written in plain English.

Don’t have a bible at home? Here are 2 websites that offer bible studies and a variety of versions in different languages:

As you get deeper into studying the Bible — find a Bible-based church, join a bible study group and get into the habit of reading a bit every day, you’ll find a version that’s comfortable for you. Here are some more tips on reading the Bible. 
  • Read a chapter of Proverbs and one Psalm a day. Proverbs are the wise saying of Solomon and they show us how God wants us to live. Psalms are songs and prayers to God. Some praise Him, some ask for help — they all make you feel better after reading them. 
  • Take notes as you read the Bible and don’t be afraid to ask questions at church. That’s what the pastors are there for. 
  • Reread the passage a few times and ask 
  1. What does God want me to know from this passage?
  2. What is God trying to say to ME that will help me grow? 
  3. What does He want me to do?
Life is a wonderful journey and the Bible is God’s road map so we don’t get lost. 

God should be your GPS not your spare tire!

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Award-Winning Christian Novelist
Soli Deo Gloria

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