Where is a good place to start reading the Bible as a Successful Bible Student

A question that was posed by a member of the congregation that is a very insightful query and I realized more would benefit from an answer or a lesson. Getting started reading in the Bible can be a daunting task but if approached right and the correct disciplinary tactics started early on, reading the Bible can become second nature like breathing!

“One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read through the Bible. Well, I got started in Genesis, but I only lasted a few weeks. I just couldn’t get interested in things that happened to people thousands of years ago. What am I missing?”

OK, so, how many can relate? Uh-huh I can too! This is why we need to be in the right state of mind because, one thing you’re missing is an opportunity to learn more about God and His will for our lives. If we are ignorant of God’s Word, we’ll always be ignorant of God’s will.

Yes, the Bible tells about things that happened thousands of years ago, and these may seem strange or irrelevant to us. But God does not change, and neither does our human nature—and just as God worked in the lives of people then, He wants to work in our lives today. They lived in a different world—and yet they had the same problems and doubts we have. The Bible says concerning them,
Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11 (KJV)
 
But let me suggest that you’re also missing something else: a practical plan for unlocking the Bible’s treasures. Instead of starting at the beginning (as we do with other books), I suggest you start at the center—that is, with one of the Gospels that tell us about Jesus Christ (I often suggest John). He is the Bible’s center; the Old Testament points forward to Him, and the New Testament tells us about Him. You can discover other parts of the Bible later.
 
Ask God to help you as you read—not only to understand what is happening in a particular passage, but what it means for your life today. May Job’s attitude become yours:
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12 (KJV)
 
Daily Bible study and prayer are vital to your spiritual life: 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.Psalm 119:9, 11, 105 (KJV)
 
Now that we know how important it is to God for us to read His word, let’s talk about what to read in sequence. 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.
 
After you have finished these books, read the rest of the New Testament. You will want to study the Old Testament as well.
 
Do not be troubled about the things you read and do not understand. Trust the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind and grant understanding. As you study prayerfully, you will experience a close fellowship with the Lord.

Someone has said that, “Studying the Bible is like taking vitamins. You gulp down a couple of vitamins in the morning, but no wave of energy flows through your body. You take the vitamins because they build you up. They protect you against the diseases in the environment. In the long haul, they make you strong.” Studying the Bible in some way is like taking vitamins it takes time to mature in the faith, but the work involved helps build one up in Christ and helps to protect one from the disease of sin and Satan.

George Muller, who established many orphanages throughout England in the 1800’s, once said… “I believe that the one chief reason that I have been kept in happy useful service is that I have been a lover of Holy Scripture. It has been my habit to read the Bible through four times a year; in a prayerful spirit, to apply it to my heart, and practice what I find there. I have been for sixty-nine years a happy man; happy, happy, happy.”

Have you been reading and studying your Bible? If you think about it most sport fans read sports magazines. Political minded people read political news magazines. Carpenters read house plans or blue prints. Doctors read medical journals. Yet, there are millions of people in the world who claim to be Christians and never pick up a Bible and read it. I guess it never made their top 25 list of books to read?

Maybe you made a resolution at New Years to start reading the Bible. But now as we are moving into the year we have allowed the Bible to start collecting dust again. Let’s start reading it again, and let’s keep reading the Bible. What if we would try to get up early in the morning and spend time with the Lord reading His Word? Do it for seven days and see if it makes a positive difference in your life?

Where is a good place to start reading the Bible as a Successful Bible Student

The best way to study the Bible is to set a certain time each day and spend time studying and praying. Just reading only 30 minutes a day will allow you to read the New Testament in 40 days! It is also essential for our spiritual well being that we come to Worship, We here at WHATHOTN offer three ways to help you read and study the Bible on our Facebook page.

First, Reading the Bible in a year.

Second, Audio Bible set for the reading of the day.

Third, Online Church Worship from The House of The Nazarene that is changed weekly.

Daily Bible study and being involved regularly in worship will help us draw closer to God and help us become the people God needs us to be in our day and time. Try it!!

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17 (KJV)

 

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