Reading your bible

Reading the Bible is a really, really hard thing to get into.  For many young people, the Bible can not seem to be able to relate to them or how they’re feeling.  I personally find that reading the Bible in chronological order is also really hard to do.  For example I personally haven’t read the whole Bible.  I’ve only read Genesis through to Numbers and Revelations (because why not!).

Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings.  Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there.  If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything

Joshua 1: 8

I find a great way to start loving the Bible if to find an inspirational Bible verse once a month and setting it as the wallpaper of your computer.  It is often better for it to be an inspirational verse, then you find yourself enjoying what the Bible says.  So it’s the beginning of the month and you’ve chosen your Bible verse.  The next week you should read the whole chapter of that book.  then the next week, read the next chapter and repeat this till you need a new verse.  This is a really simple way to get into reading the Bible.  But you don’t have to stick to this framework, you could read two or more chapters per week, depending how much time you have and chances are you’ll really get into reading the Word and not want to stop!

We tell you the Good News about the promise God made to our ancestors.  God has made this promise come true for us, his children, by raising Jesus from the dead

Acts 13: 32-33

I find that being in small groups in church, studying the Word, particularly with other people your age is a really good way to start.  I love studying the Word this way because it opens verse’s to discussion and allows you to understand other people’s viewpoints on certain matters.  Although this is a great way to learn, there are some dangers with this system.  It can be really tempting to turn up, analyse the verses and then go home and forget all about it.  My advice would be: when you get home, reread those verses and the chapter and see if anything else comes to you.  Dont be afraid to highlight or underline or put sticky notes in your Bible to remind you where good verses are.

Glory to God who can make you strong in faith by the Good News that I tell people and by the message about Jesus Christ.  The message about Christ is the secret that was hidden for long ages past but is now made known.  It has been made clear through the writings of the prophets.  And by the command of the eternal God it is made known to all nations that they may believe and obey.

Romans 16: 25-27

Another way that people get into reading the Word is by using Bible supplements.  These are daily Bible notes that give you a great background into the verses that your being told to read.  However these don’t work for everybody, I personally don’t use them as I find it hard to do it daily, but its different for everyone so if you find it helpful, then by all means go ahead and carry on!

So when Phillip ran towards the chariot, he heard the man reading from Isaiah the prophet.  Phillip asked, “do you understand what you are reading?”

He answered , “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?”

Acts 8: 30-31

Do not be discouraged if you find reading the Bible hard!  Be patient, read any verses you don’t understand a few times, google its meaning.  All these things will help you enjoy reading Gods word more, you just need to find the way that suits you best.

Please leave a comment below; especially if you want to contact me about something I’ve said or something you want me to talk about or in this case, if you think I’ve missed a way to read the Bible that you think is worth me mentioning!

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