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“Where Should I Start Reading My Bible?”

Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.

This week, a PI Girl asked about studying and reading the Bible as a new believer. Join the conversation here on our Girl Chat Talk Forums!

It would mean a lot if someone gave me a place to start studying or helped me find my way so I can do it on my own…” 

Sometimes the Bible can be hard to read, and it can be intimidating to know where to start! The most well-known and popular books to start reading are the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. “Gospel” means “good news,” and they are accounts of the beginning of Christ’s life and his ministry, the cross, and other meaningful events. Billy Graham, as well as many other pastors and Bible teachers, will recommend starting in the gospel of John. On Billy Graham’s official website, when asked where to begin reading, he said:

Begin by reading the Gospel of John, for it tells us of Christ, of the ‘greatest life ever lived,’ and what He has done for us. Next read Acts, for it tells us what His first disciples did in the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Then perhaps the letters of John and the letter to the Philippians. Then you may want to read Romans, which sets forth the great doctrines which Paul taught.”

Graham also notes, “After you have finished these books, read the rest of the New Testament. You will want to study the Old Testament as well.” Obviously the entire Bible is significant, as it is ALL the Word of God, God-breathed, instructed to man by the Holy Spirit, and eye-witness accounts from the disciples and followers of Christ.

Some of my favorite books that I would personally recommend are: Matthew (or any of the Gospels), Psalms (Old Testament songs primarily written by David), Genesis and Proverbs (the book of wisdom). Finally, I would suggest to read the letters of Paul–whether in Corinthians, Romans or Galatians. To be honest, I love all of the Bible, but it is good to recommend books which are simpler to understand. For example, I wouldn’t recommend that a new believer read Revelation, as it is a deep and sometimes more challenging book to understand, even for the mature in Christ.

Another idea is to join a Bible Study, Christian club on campus, youth group, or get a teen-study Bible to help you understand it further. It is always good to have your own devotion time, but also to be able to ask someone further along in their walk to pour into you and to be able to ask them questions. Remember that humans don’t have ALL the answers, only God does, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to ask a mentor, Christian sister in Christ, your parent, youth pastor or believer who you trust and know has a deeper walk than you.

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible that you like to recommend to friends or new believers?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Megan_ on October 18, 2016 at 09:01

    For me, it was James. And now I read a lot of the bible plans from a blog run by Rachel Wojo

  2. Jesusfreak1415

    Posted by Jesusfreak1415 on April 5, 2014 at 16:26

    I definitely recommend Ephesians. It is one of my favorite books that I always love to go to when I need advice or encouragement. I practically have the whole book highlighted!! haha 🙂

  3. hannaowlk

    Posted by hannaowlk on March 23, 2014 at 08:42

    I recommend matthew the first book in the New Testament or Psalms its very easy to understand and very encoarageing 🙂

  4. Christian.girl4

    Posted by Christian.girl4 on March 18, 2014 at 11:05

    I like to recomend proberbs. When I first became a Christian, this book was recommended to me, and it helped al

  5. SoZo

    Posted by SoZo on March 18, 2014 at 08:54

    I gave my non-christian friend a Bible and said John was a good place to start. So I’m encouraged to hear that is what most people recommend. 🙂

  6. _theindustriouswriter_

    Posted by _theindustriouswriter_ on March 12, 2014 at 10:52

    I have just finished reading 1 Peter and 2 Peter. I enjoyed reading those books! In my opinion, Peter is easier to understand when compared to the writings of Paul. Another good book to read is definitely Isaiah. So is Psalms!

  7. Butterflykisses4693

    Posted by Butterflykisses4693 on March 12, 2014 at 09:41

    I have started In Psalms or proverbs because then you can read one a day

  8. Celby

    Posted by Celby on March 11, 2014 at 19:04

    I started at Genesis and continued on that way. I personally think that’s the best, but it also is good to start with John I guess (even though I didn’t).

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by on March 10, 2014 at 15:22

    At the beginning and read it the whole way through.
    At least, before you say every word is true.
    Really, if you haven’t read every word, I don’t see how you can say so affirmatively that every word is true.