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I'm new to reading the bible. Where is the best place to start?


Thank you for this great question about reading the Bible. It is very encouraging to hear that you want to read it!

The Bible is a unique collection of books, history, poetry, letters and prophecy. The Protestant Bible consists of 66 different parts written by over 40 different people over about 1600 years! And it is all influenced and inspired directly by God, written by man through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and all about Jesus Christ!

There is no one way for you to read the Bible, but I hope that these few points will help:

  1. Start off with one of the New Testament Gospels like Mark. This is a short and punchy book about the life of Jesus, why he came, and how it affects us.
  2. Try and read it with other people and write down any questions you have for them.
  3. Pray before you read and ask God to help you.

The practical things to note:

The big numbers within a book are the chapters and the little numbers within a chapter are the verses.

The Bible is split into 2 main parts: The New Testament and the Old Testament.

All of the Bible is about God's relationship with mankind and how God chooses to reveal himself to us.

You may find it helpful to use a reading guide and simple commentaries. If you are involved in a church your minister/pastor can guide you on this, otherwise try to find a Christian bookshop - the staff can offer you advice.

It is our hope that you will read the bible regularly and know that through it, God can and will speak to you.

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

I encourage you to attend a local Bible believing church and speak to the leader about your question. If you want to find a local church, our Church Finder may help you: Find a Church

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*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

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