Just finished a Bible study and need to choose what to study next? Picking the Bible up for the first time and want to know where to start?
Check out these top tips for how I choose which book of the Bible to study!
We want all of our decision to be in line with God’s will, and this includes our Bible studies. Let God point you towards what he wants to show you in his word. Ask him for guidance and wisdom in your decision.
Is this your first time studying the Bible?
When picking your very first book of the Bible to study, I would definitely recommend starting with a Gospel. Journey through Jesus’ life, hearing many of the stories you’ve probably heard before, this time within the context of his whole life. Study his teachings, the parables he told and the miracles he performed. Personally, I like the book of Matthew; but Mark is also a great, shorter book.
Look at the type of book
The Bible includes lots of different styles of book: poetry, history, biographies, letters. When choosing a book, think about what it is you will be reading. You could also look at how long the book is. I know every now and again I need to read a nice short book in between some of the longer ones.
Don’t do the same thing all the time
Do you always find yourself turning to Paul’s letters in the New Testament? To get a good understanding of the Bible, we need to be digging deeper into lots of different parts. Why not check out something in the Old Testament? One of the history books, or perhaps some of the Psalms. We want to get a full, broad understanding of the overall story of the Bible – God’s story.
What resources do you have?
Do you have a great commentary, study guide, devotional or book that covers a book of the Bible? You can use these resources to really help you in your study – so why not use them? I recently got a great, but easy to read commentary covering the books of James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Judah. I really wanted to try using this book more, so I chose to read the book of James and it really helped my understanding!
Do something you’re going to enjoy
Reading the Bible isn’t something we should see as a chore. We have the great privilege of getting to read God’s word, today. It should be something we enjoy doing, that we want to do! Don’t force yourself to read something you’re not interested in reading at the moment or it will become a chore and you won’t do it. Study the Bible, and over time God will increase your love for his word and you will be jumping for joy at the thought of reading page after page of genealogy! OK maybe not jumping, but it will certainly be more enjoyable!
So, what am I reading right now?
Currently, I am studying the books of 1 Samuel and Romans. I try to study a section of these books each day. On top of these books, if I feel led to study more of the Bible, or spend more time in the word, I read Genesis and Matthew – these are great, enjoyable reads for me and ones I have wanted to read for a while.