Friday, November 1, 2013

Reading God's Word? Where do I start?

Do you ever have a hard time trying to figure out where to start when reading your Bible? Old Testament? New Testament? Sometimes it can just be too overwhelming, then you get frustrated and find something else to do.

Most people, including myself, know they should (and want) to read God’s Word.  They understand that it is God’s message to them and He expects them to read it.  However, for various reasons, many find this duty an intimidating task.  It's like a mountain they fear they cannot climb, or even just want to hear other people talk about what is like on the top rather than climb it themselves.  The Bible seems so big.  They do not understand how it is organized.  The vocabulary and grammar may be difficult.  Many people just give up and never read the Bible—or at least never read it through.

Here are a few ways to make reading/studying your Bible a little less overwhelming:
  1. A Bible Reading Plan takes into account the great number of people who do not have a strong background in the word of God.  This plan gives you a stepping-stone so that you do not have to read straight through every word of scripture the first time.  It starts you with the basics.  After you feel comfortable at this level, then you can go on to the entire Bible. There are various reading plans as follows.

    • Bible in a Year-Read the entire Bible in one year using chapters from the Old Testament, New Testament and the Book of Psalms.

    • Straight Through the Bible-Read the entire Bible in one year, from Genesis to Revelation.

    • Different Topics-Each day of the week, you'll be reading from a different section of the Bible.

    • New Testament and Old Testament-Read the whole Bible, with something from both Testaments each day.

    • The Story of the Bible-A chronologically arranged reading of the story of the Bible.

    • New Testament, Psalms & Proverbs-Get the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs in one year.

  2. A Bible Study can guide you through a lesson



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