The Bible, or commonly called “Scripture,” was written over a period of about 1,500 years, and it is made up of 66 books – 39 books in the Old Testament, and 27 books in the New Testament. The Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek but has been translated into many other languages over time.
If you plan to read the Bible with children or young people, the CEB, the NIV, the NLT, or the CEV are very good choices. The language in these translations tends to be more readable and modern. These translations also avoid some of the difficult phrases and words you often find in other translations, which also makes them excellent choices to use with anyone not familiar with the Bible. There is also a new NRSV study bible for kids called “Connect Bible” printed in 2012 by Spark House that is highly recommended.
- Set aside some time for Bible reading. Make it a part of your daily routine.
- Pray before reading. Ask God to open your heart and mind to His words in Scripture.
- Open the book and read the chapter or Bible story you have chosen out loud. Underline or highlight words/sentences and write down questions and insights that jump out at you.
- After you have read the passage, ask some or all of the following questions:
- What did I learn about God from this passage?
- What did I learn about humans from this passage?
- What does this passage tell me about my personal relationship with Christ?
- How does this passage call me to grow in my faith?
- How does this passage comfort, help, or heal me?
- Is there a command to follow?
- Why did the author feel this was necessary to write about?
- How does this scripture help me live life in my day-to-day routines.
- Study a word such as; faith, love, hope, joy, sin, forgiveness or humility.
- Study the characteristics of God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.
- Compare the similarities of the Gospels.
- Study the women of the Bible.
- Learn the many names of God, Christ and Holy Spirit.
- Find a reading plan online and follow it each day.
- Study a theme such as; baptism, miracles or righteousness
- Study Jesus’ parables.
- Study the prophets and their general message or warning.
- Study the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
- Memorize 3-5 verses that you want to guide and direct your life.
- Study a specific book. What is the context, why was it written, how does it matter for today?
- Study the life of Jesus.
- Study the death and resurrection of Jesus.
- When reading place yourself in the story. What do you hear, smell , see, feel?
- Read one chapter of Proverbs each day for a month.
- Study key characters, places or events.
- Find an accountability partner and read through the Bible together.
BibleX is on online Bible study that will help you set goals, structure your learning and even connect you to others online who are wanting to learn more about God and the Bible.
This is a free online bible that helps bring God’s word into your daily life. If you are wanting the bible on your phone or tablet then be sure to visit here and download the YouVersion Bible app.