Where do you begin?

27 Oct

You are now familiar with the Basics of Bible Reading and the Steps in Becoming a Bible Study Master Where should you begin? There are 66 books in the bible!

If you are unfamiliar with the Bible, start with one of the Gospels (the books within the Bible called Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). The life of Christ is basic to everything else in Christianity, and the Gospels open up his life to us.

After having studied one of the Gospels, you could go on to Acts. Acts tells of the early history of the church, the expansion of the gospel in Jerusalem and throughout the Roman Empire. It bridges the gap between the story Jesus himself and the story of his church, and it offers inspiration and encouragement to believers as they face persecution and seek to take the Good News of Christ to the whole world.

At that point you could also read one or more of the Epistles. These are letters written by the apostle Paul and other leaders in the early church. Paul’s letters reflect on and explain the meaning of Christ’s death and the filling of the Holy Spirit. In the Epistles we also find counsels on Christian living with illustrations of both good and bad conduct. You may want to start with one of the shorter Epistles, like Ephesians, and then move on to the longer ones. When you get to that stage, be sure to delve into Romans, the greatest doctrinal book in the New Testament.

In your exploration of the Bible, don’t neglect the Old Testament. As the story of beginnings, Genesis is an excellent place to start. You will read about the creation of the world, humanity, and the nation of Israel.

Exodus is an important next stop. It records the formative events in Israel’s early history that many of the Old Testament writers look back upon as they relate their own messages. As a tale of redemption, Exodus has great significance for the Christian story as well.

The Psalms are always valuable as part of one’s devotions, too. In them Israel’s poets expressed their deepest emotions in times of joy and of sorrow. Believers can look to them to find hope and strength and to broaden their vocabulary of prayer.

Finally, as you begin to explore the prophets, take a long look at Isaiah. He stands as a bridge between the Old and New Testaments, pronouncing judgment against Israel and Judah because they have abandoned God’s law, yet looking forward in hope to the coming Messiah, whom we know as Jesus.

adapted from Practical Christianity

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