In today’s post, I will be sharing with you the different methods one can use to read the Bible.
I have received quite a number of questions on how to read the Bible or where can one begin as they embark on their Bible reading journey and I believe that this is the perfect way for me to tackle this particular question on Bible reading.
So, let’s begin! (A quick disclaimer: some of these Bible reading methods may work for you, some may not. Don’t be under pressure to do them all or do one ‘perfectly’, but try the one you think will work for you – it can be one of them or two, it’s alright. As long as you find what works for you.
1)Old Testament/New Testament Method
In this method, one will read a book from each testament at a time. For example, you may start reading Genesis and reading Matthew at the same time, interchangeably. Today you can read Gen 1, tomorrow Matthew 1 and it goes on as you move through the chapters in each testament.
2)Reading in Chronological Order.
In this method, one will read the Bible from beginning to the end; from Genesis to Revelation, in that order.
This is a great method to use to go through scripture, as one is able to see the different timelines and themes develop throughout scripture, beginning from the creation of the world till the revelations given to John concerning the end times and the second coming of Jesus.
However, this method has proven to be a challenge to many believers, be it new believers or those who have been in the faith for a while. This is because the Old Testament requires one to be patient and due to the technical nature of certain scriptures/books, in order for one to understand, they need revelation from the Holy Spirit.
If you would like to use this method to study the word, I encourage you to do so and to go into it with an open mind & heart and willingness to learn and spend time in scripture.
3)Following the Bible Reading Plan in your Bible
Many Bibles today have been created with a Bible Reading plan – scriptural or topical based- found among the first or last pages of the Bible.
Furthermore, many study and devotional bibles come with their own reading plan which you can follow and use to help you read the word and build the discipline of consistency when it comes to reading scripture.
If you’re interested in this method, I highly recommend that you open your Bible and use the plan that is there!
4)Starting Out with Psalms & Proverbs.
In this method, one will start reading their Bible from the Psalms or Proverbs.
This is a great way to start reading the word, especially if you don’t know where to start in terms of reading the word. You can read one or two Psalms a day, then interchange it with reading a proverb or two a day. Moreover, the themes that run through the psalms and proverbs are those that we can relate to especially as we navigate through life and the different seasons of faith and still find encouragement for those seasons.
5)Reading the New Testament
In this method, one reads through the New Testament, starting with the gospels, preferably John then moving onto the other gospels. After the gospels one can go through the rest of the books in their chronological order or switch it up a bit, for example, one can start with the 1,2,3 John then come back to the Letters of Paul – whichever is preferred!
This is also quite a great way to read the bible as the New Testament mainly has the different biblical principles that are at the foundations of our faith and it is good to understand them so that one can become rooted.
These are but the 5 methods that you can use to read God’s Word. There are many more ways and you are not limited to the ones I have shared with you.
I encourage you to try each method and see what works for you. And if you find one that isn’t in this list but still works for you, all the better! All that matters is that you’re in God’s word receiving from him.
Let me know in the comments which one is your favourite method and which one has worked for you!!