Where Should I Start Reading the Bible?
Books that are easy to read
Where to start definitely depends on your background. Are you new to the faith? Have you been a believer for years, but want to dig deeper in the Word? Maybe you're a seeker looking for truth. The next section will deal with topics and backgrounds. For now here are the easiest books of the Bible to read:
I, II and III John
I and II Thessalonians
books for new believers
If you are new to the faith I recommend starting in John. It's written for the common man (working class). You'll get a glimpse of Jesus' life and ministry. You'll also cover some very familiar passages and verses that are crucial to the faith.
Once through John I recommend working through I, II and III John. These smaller books are easy to read and full of great advice for new Christians. They were written to new believers and cover faith, sin, assurance, and more.
If you prefer to read the apostle Paul's writings, start in his shorter letters: Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, etc. The longer books deal with more difficult doctrines and church issues in general.
The Psalms and Proverbs are excellent for daily encouragement and reading as well.
the best way to make reading your bible a habit
Years ago I was given great advice: make your time in God's Word something you enjoy. The idea was that some days you won't feel like reading the Word. So pair your time in the Word with other elements you enjoy (like coffee, tea, relaxing in a rocking chair, favorite spot in the house, favorite time of day, relaxing music, etc).
Think to yourself right now: where do I love spending time? Why not make that the spot you spend time in God's Word? Next question: when do you love being there? Are you a morning or evening person? When can you make this a daily habit that you keep?
This isn't rocket science. It's self-awareness. Stop trying to force a habit you don't enjoy. Don't make a morning appointment with God if you aren't a morning person. Look for ways to make this a habit you enjoy so you'll look forward to your time in God's Word.
So to review:
- Find a place you want to be
- Set aside some time when you are alert and aren't distracted
- Pair this with a drink or element you love
- Make it a routine you keep
Books for believers looking to grow
You've done this before. you commit to bible reading but get off track. It's time to start reading on a growth plan. Here are some great books full of truth and doctrine that can transform your life:
I and II Corinthians
I and II Peter
I and II Samuel