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?