Reading the Bible: How to Get Started

March 13th, 2018 | John Chandler

The Bible was written over thousands of years in multiple languages on three different continents. It’s big, broad and sweeping. Trying to figure out where to start can be overwhelming.
Our hope for everyone this week is simple: read three chapters of John per day. Start the day of your community group so you can wrap up by community group next week and share your experience with others.
Beyond this week, the best way to approach reading the Bible is to define two simple goals:
1) Choose a Plan to Read the Bible. Starting at the beginning usually isn’t the best way…even though Genesis is great! Here are some options you might consider:

2) Make a Schedule. Once you choose a plan you can commit to how often. Some plans are designed for everyday to stay on track, while others offer more flexibility. Figure out what days and what times you will read and add them to your calendar. I’d recommend at least three days a week to get started so you have some consistency.

The simple two-step plan outlined above is helpful to get started, but reading the Bible offers opportunities to dive deep too. Here are some other resources you might find helpful along the way: