Next step #4
"Where Should I Start?"
While every Christian should read the Bible in its entirety, it is helpful to begin with one of the four Gospels (books about the earthly life of Jesus), such as the Gospel According to Mark or the Gospel According to John. After you have read one of the gospels, keep reading. The next book is the Acts of the Apostles and tells about the early church after Jesus left the earth. After Acts, read the book of Romans; this key letter, written to the early church at Rome, tells about sin, salvation, and God's sovereignty. Other letters such as Ephesians and 1 John are key for new believers.
Get the Most Out of Your Reading
- Use a Pencil and Highlighter. Engaging and interacting with the text is very important. Make notes in the margin of your Bible or on separate notebook paper.
- Keep a Notebook handy. When you come across a new word, are confused by an unusual passage, or simply want to dig deeper, make a note. Online resources may be helpful, but feel free to ask your pastor.
- Follow a Bible Reading Plan.
- Download a Bible App on your smartphone, like the one from YouVersion. Take advantage of your spare minutes and read ahead on your Bible Reading Plan. It's never been easier to be addicted to the Bible!