Where should a beginner start reading the Bible? This is such a great question! I asked myself this very question just a few short years ago. Luckily for us, this is not rocket science.
The Most High made it easy for us to love Him and fellowship with Him. I am not an expert, pastor or any type of clergy, but what I am is a guy trying to work out his own salvation with fear and trembling and I want to help.
I love to help and I hope this brief message encourages and blesses you.
Start with Prayer
Hallelujah! If you are wondering where you should start reading the Holy Scriptures you are blessed my friend! Those types of thoughts only come from The Most High God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob so rejoice!
Start your amazing journey with prayer. Beginning with a prayer is what I recommend. The bible is a living book and every word of scripture is breathed by God which makes it spiritual, so I recommend getting started with a prayer. This prayer does not have to be elaborate or eloquent but sincere.
When I first began reading scripture I used to pray like:
“Dear heavenly Father, please let me read Your word with my spiritual eyes and listen (because I often read scripture aloud) with my spiritual ears so I can understand what You want me to know. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
You can never go wrong by praying to God for guidance as you read and study His word.
The 1st Bible Book I Read
I started in the New Testament with the book of Matthew. My reason for this is because someone told me to. When I began
thinking about getting saved, I met for breakfast with a local pastor I know and we had a wonderful conversation.
As we were wrapping up I asked him where should I begin reading and he said, “Matthew.” He told me to learn about Jesus, who saves our souls, then to read through to the book of Revelation.
He told to start the Old Testament after reading the New Testament. I am told the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. Did you catch that?! That’s deep!
I started with the book of Matthew and I believe it to be a good decision 🙂
The 2nd Bible Book I Read
I started listen to different preachers on YouTube and this one old pastor named David Wilkerson said that no matter what
you were reading in the scriptures, you should always read at least one psalm every day.
You guessed it! As I was reading the book of Matthew I began reading the book of Psalms too! The book of Psalm blew my mind! When I read:
1. Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
I was like whoa! I can be blessed if I delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night? Like, I can do that.
Where to Find the Ten Commandments
I always love quizzing Christians on where to find this particular set of scripture. Would you believe that some know it but most don’t. There will be no quiz today. The ten commandments can be found in the Old Testament in the book of Exodus
chapter twenty verses three through seventeen.(Exodus 20:3-17)
I want you to know where these are because even though you may be reading Matthew and Psalms it is very important to know these few basic rules The Most High gave us via His prophet Moses.
I really hope this message encouraged you to just get started reading the bible, when it comes to God’s word you cannot go wrong. Just pray and ask that the Holy Spirit guide you. You’ll be just fine.
Congrats and Cheers to you! Believing in Christ and getting started reading the bible is undoubtedly the best decision you’ve ever made in your life! Please join the conversation and let us know how your scripture reading journey is going.
Thanks so much and God bless!
1 comment on “Where Should a Beginner Start Reading the Bible?”
Very empowering and helpful. Thank you for this encouraging word. I look forward to hearing more.