Reading the Bible

Reading in the Bible is similar to eating – food is essential for our existence. If we do not eat enough healthy food, we will soon become sick and weak.

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The Bible is a collection of 66 books, almost a library in itself. 39 of the writings are found in the so-called Old Testament, 27 of them in the New Testament. The Old Testament mainly includes the history of the people of Israel as well as prophetic and lyrical writings prior to the birth of Christ. The New Testament comprises the four Gospels, i.e. the reports about the life of Jesus, the history of his initial followers, and letters to the newly founded churches of the first century.

Where should I begin?

A suggestion is to start with Mark’s Gospel, which is a report about the main person in the Bible, Jesus Christ. It is fairly easy to read and directs you straight away to the revolutionary and challenging message of the man who changed the world. Read a portion of a chapter each day and follow the tips (see below) for reading the Bible. A Bible commentary or study guide can also facilitate your understanding of the text.

Reading and sharing the word with other Christians in a dynamic community of believers is especially enriching and helpful in finding answers.

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I read in the Bible every day. I am a positive thinking person, and for me, the Bible is the number-one bestseller. I am reminded by it that my faith is more important than any fame. My relationship to God is key in keeping me humble. My faith helps me to understand that external factors don’t determine my happiness.

Denzel Washington, Actor

Six Tips for enriching your Bible reading

The following sequence could be useful when you read a Bible passage:

  1. Start with prayer. I choose a location where I will least likely be interrupted. I get quiet before God and ask him for an encounter with him during my time of Bible reading and prayer.
  2. Read. I read through the particular Bible section thoroughly, i.e. slowly, in a low voice, and twice, so that I can comprehend the passage.
  3. Reflect on what you have read. What can I learn about God? About Jesus Christ? About the Holy Spirit? How can what I have read help me to understand myself, my situation and my relationships? Is there a lesson I can learn? Does the passage include a challenge? Is there a warning given? Does the passage present a negative example? What do I want to change in my life?
  4. Discuss everything with God. I turn to God. What can I be thankful for? What do I want to confess? What shall I ask for? I ask God for his help in living out the biblical message and present him with my personal requests.
  5. Talk to others about what you have read. I contemplate what I can share with others about what I have read.
  6. Act according to what you have learned. How can I put what I have learned into practice? There is pleasure in application!

I used to find the Bible dry and irrelevant. But once I got into it, I really got hooked on reading the Bible, in a positive sense. I recognize that what I am reading is changing my life. The Bible is not a book of empty words. It is the living Word of God. Previously, I could not understand what people meant when they talked about the “living word." But since I have been reading the Bible, I have experienced for myself what it means: It changes me; it changes my life. It influences the decisions I make. At first, perhaps only small changes are made, but they can turn into great changes.”

Patricia Kelly, Musician