• How Do I Start To Read The Bible?

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    10 October, 2014Posted by Gary

    Want to start reading the Bible but unsure how or what it's really about? Or maybe you do read it but struggle to really know how? Hopefully this post is helpful for you.

    If you are wanting to read the Bible then that is a great thing, but it can seem a little daunting, especially if you’re not much of a reader. The Bible is an extraordinary book and unlike any other, so that should make a difference when we come to read it. The way you read a book depends on the type of book that it is, you wouldn't read a telephone directory the way you would a Harry Potter novel, or a dictionary the way you would an instruction manual.

    Here are a few things to help you when starting out with reading it.

    •    Remember that the Bible is actually a collection of 66 smaller books, with different styles of writing. They are made up of laws, history, poetry, prophesy, letters to groups of people and real life accounts.

    •    Although the Bible can be read from front to back, I probably wouldn't recommend doing it that way to start out. I suggest starting with a book of the New Testament, maybe one of the gospel accounts, like Mark, or John. These were people that knew Jesus personally and spent time with Him, observing Him, listening to Him and learning from Him. You can get to know Jesus by reading through the gospel accounts.

    •    Don't feel you have to read large amounts at once and rush through it. Sometimes a paragraph or single chapter has lots of things in it to think about. Be praying that God would help you to understand it, and learn from it. God has given us the Bible so we can learn and grow from it.

    •    Don't expect to understand everything that you read first time. Write down your questions and thoughts, and you may find the answer as you read on, or comment below or email the Ranch Blog team here and ask us! We would love to help you out more with learning how to read the Bible.

    Enjoy getting to know God through reading His word.