Have you ever wanted to read the Bible, but you’re stuck with where to start reading from? Worry not! I have been there too. I was in a conversation with someone sometime ago, then I asked why she wasn’t studying her Bible. Her reply was “I do not know where to start from, although I love the book of Genesis so much.”
From the above conversation, I realized after reading Genesis, she doesn’t know where else to turn to in all of the 66 books. If you read this till the end, you’d find different ways to read the 66 books without skipping one. This is what you need, right? Hop in with me.
EASY WAYS TO READ THE BIBLE
This is the most common form of studying the Bible. Here, you read from Genesis down to Revelation.
This is not a common way of reading as it requires a lot of effort to map out the plans for this.
What do I mean? It means you’re reading the Bible in an A-Z manner.
Below is an example:
“Acts, Amos, 1st & 2nd Chronicles, Colossians, 1st & 2nd Corinthians, Daniel, Deuteronomy, Ecclesiastes, Esther” down to “Zephaniah.”
Read the Old & New Testaments together
If you can combine both, you’re good to go. This implies that you’re reading the book of Genesis and the book of John together. It is dependent on your preference.
12 Books For a Year
This is for you if you’re not so eager to finish reading the Bible in a year. Hence, you can choose 6 books of the old testament and 6 books of the new testament. You can as well to pick the 12 in just the Old or New Testament.
The One-Year Bible Plan
You can do this with the aid of the “NLT” Bible App. This was the method I used in 2020. Although it can be overwhelming at times when you’re to read 3 or 4 chapters of the Bible allocated to you for that day.
Division of The Bible
There are 66 books in the Bible. However the Old and New Testaments are divided into various parts. Which include;
- Books of the Law: (Pentateuch or Torah] includes; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Historical Books, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther.
- Poetic Books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Song of Solomon.
- Prophetic Books (Major Prophets) Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel & Daniel. (Minor Prophets) Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi.
- New Testament Division
- The Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
- The Historical Book: Acts
- The Letters: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II, & III John, Jude
- The Book of Vision: Revelation
Thus, From the above division, you can pick.
This is otherwise known as the Character or Name method. This is a way of choosing to read about the life of Moses, Ruth, Jacob, Deborah, etc. For this method, you are to source for the different parts of the Bible where the character was mentioned.
Topics ranging from Peace, Love, Forgiveness, Faith, Belief, Family, etc are all contained in the Bible. It is a great way of reading as well as it makes you vast on such topics you’ve chosen.
For consistency case, you can decide to read your Bible by studying 2 or more chapters daily. You can as well decide to go for 5 or more verses daily. It all depends on what makes you comfortable and what helps your understanding.
You can choose to read based on where you’re inspired to read by the Holy Spirit. Although, this is an advanced method. It is not advisable if you’re just starting your walk with God.
This is a method where you flip through the Bible pages, then just settle for anywhere you like or where you first opened. This is more like a game of chance or dice. It is not an advisable method for consistency’s sake.
In as much as all of the methods above are great, it requires consistency and grace. You can’t do it on your own strength. However, whatever method you choose, the goal must be to see Jesus and come to the Knowledge of Him. God help you as you study, Amen!
Which of the methods would you be choosing?