Help! Can you help me read the Bible?!
The Bible is a very big book and can be a bit daunting. Where do you start reading? What about bits that are hard to understand?
One thing we would suggest is that you get a modern translation so that you are not faced with lots of Thees and Thous. The version that we use in church is the NIV and you can access it (along with a whole load of other versions) for free online here at www.biblegateway.com.
If you would like a paper copy then you can get one HERE or just ask someone on the welcome team at church and they will get one for you.
For those who are starting to read the Bible for the first time it is probably best to start with one of the Gospels – Matthew Mark, Luke or John – which are right at the beginning of the New Testament.
We would also suggest that you use some Bible Reading notes.
On our bookstall we have a variety of bible reading notes that folk can use to help them grow in their faith forming a habit of reading the bible each day. Most give a short bible passage for each day along with an explanation of what the passage means and how it applies to our lives.
There are also a wide selection of online bible reading notes/resources that you can have a look at:
WordLive is from Scripture Union and has a variety of different notes that suit different folks.
First5.org has a resource by women for women in the form of an app and alarm clock. The idea is to start your day with a 5 minute devotion. It takes one verse a day (in consecutive order) and gives a useful comment and a “Wrap-up” video at the weekend. Definitely worth a try—esp for beginners.
“Explore” Bible reading notes give a passage and comment each day. Paper copies can be ordered online but the app is available HERE .
Bible in One Year takes you through the bible over the course of a year along with relevant commentary provided by Nicky Gumbel (Alpha Course). You can sign up to receive daily emails and there is a good app as well. There are 3 readings each day which makes this lengthy so one idea would be to just to the New Testament or Old Testament reading each day instead of both.
Soul Survivor have an app to help you read the whole Bible or the New Testament in a year. It’s designed for students and young people but useful for anyone. There is a video commentary for each day where the reading is applied to everyday life. Again there is an app that can be downloaded from the website.
Another great way of getting into the Bible is by coming along to a Home Group where folks get together to study the Bible together – no prior knowledge is required or expected.
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