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The bible is a library

The Bible is not an ordinary book that reads smoothly from cover to cover. It’s actually a library, or collection of books written by different authors in several languages over several thousand years. Behind this number of human authors is one central Author: God. This library of books is actually a very readable library. Its books are organised by type and topic: history, the Law, the Prophets, poems and wisdom literature, eyewitness accounts of Jesus (the Gospels), collections of letters.

Why read the bible?

Because God’s Word is alive! The more you expose yourself to it, the more it will expose itself to you. To know God better you have to spend time hearing what He has to say. The Bible is His message to you. If you want Him to listen to what you have to say, you should also listen to what He has to say. Although God can also speak directly to your heart, you need to know His written Word so you can judge whether God is speaking to you, or the enemy is trying to deceive you. God will not love you more because you read the Bible. It’s for your benefit -- not required to make God love you. However, reading the Bible, helps you to grow spiritually.

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Where to start reading the bible

The Bible is about Jesus. The first 2/3rds of the bible is called the Old Testament. It is the same as the ‘bible’ that Jewish people use as their sacred book. As Christians, we believe that the Old Testament is all about the promise of Jesus and why he came to earth. The last 1/3 of the Christian bible is called the New Testament and is all about Jesus’s first coming and how he would want us to live. Because the bible is all about Jesus , then if you are just starting to read the bible, then start at the biographies of Jesus; read one of the books called Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. (I suggest start with Luke.)

How to read the bible

God wants you to understand his bible, so start your bible reading with a prayer, asking God to speak to you as you read. When you read any part of the bible, read it and ask these questions;

  1. What does it say about God?
  2. What does it say about our world and us as humans in the world?
  3. What difference should this bible reading make to me today?