In the past two weeks, I’ve received the same question from so many of you. That question has been:
How do I begin to read and study the Bible for myself?
So today on Whimsical Wednesday, we’re doing something a little less whimsical and a little more practical- Bible Study for Beginners. I’m outlining the same information in this post that I send to each email request so that we can all read, share and learn together. Here we go.
The first question often asked, especially through the Bible Reading Challenge, is:
If I’m a beginner reader of the Bible, where do I start?
The first four books of the New Testament are called the Gospels- they are the story of Christ’s life from his disciples, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The book of John is written very simply and easy to understand. John also wrote three letters called I John, II John and III John.
My recommendation for beginner readers is to begin with the epistles of I, II and III John, then move on to the book of John. It’s always helpful to have a reading plan so that you can be accountable to follow through on your intentions. Here you can find a printable Bible reading plan for the book of John. Now I know it’s called “Children’s Bible Reading Plan,” but this plan is great for anyone who wants to begin to read the Bible. You can also find this plan in the Olive Tree Bible App.
My next recommendations for a beginner to read the Bible, after the book of John, are:
After completing the above, you could easily begin any formalized reading plan, such M’Cheyne, which is the one I am using for the Bible Reading Challenge. And there are multiple others listed right here.
So after determining where to begin to read the Bible, the next question I receive most is:
How do I study the Bible?
Precept Ministries offers a simple Bible study guide for the entire Bible, which you can find here.
I have 4 simple Bible study tips you can find here for when you feel that you’d like to dig in more than a simple guide.
So we’ve answered two of the questions I frequently receive via email! Yay! And now I would LOVE it if you’d share your simple Bible study plans, tips, and guides with us, especially anything that might help beginners since this post is geared towards those who are new to studying the Bible.