Anyone who’s ever attempted to put together a piece of furniture or a child’s toy without directions, understands how essential a good manal can be. The Bible is like the manual to life. It explains the secret to happiness and wholeness, along with helping people understand what is true and good in this world.
In fact, the apostle Paul explained, “All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
If you are looking to grow in your faith, reading the Bible consistently is one of the most important steps you can take. The Bible works like spiritual food that helps a person grow spiritually.
How to Read the Bible
The Bible is divided into two major sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament includes the creation of the world and God’s interaction with mankind; specifically the Israelites, God’s chosen people. The New Testament begins with the birth and life of Jesus, God’s son. It continues on to explain the birth and growth of the church.
There are 66 books in the Bible made of many different genres: history, wisdom, poems, or prophetic. In order to make it easier to find specific phrases, each book is broken down into chapters and verses.
Attempting to read the Bible for the first time can feel overwhelming. If you are new to church or new to Christianity and aren’t sure where to start, we would encourage you to begin with one of the books of the Bible about Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John). Also, it will be helpful to join a Life Group, or an Adult Class.