How to read the Bible and get stuff out of it

Do you understand the Bible as well as you'd like? Do you spend time with God, but feel like your not getting anything out of it? Here are some helpful tips that you should try! - Never give up!

  • Spend time with God everyday praying and reading the Bible: John 6:51, 63 Jesus is the living bread of life. His words are life. John 4:10,13,14 Jesus is the living water. Just as we need physical bread (food) and water to live, we also need spiritual bread and water to live in Christ – This is the Word of God, the Bible.
  • “The Living Word’ (The Bible) is the medicine against sin”
  • 2 Peter 1:21 says that the Bible “never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”. So what does this mean to us? We should pray to God before reading His Word for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to understand what we read.
  • God loves spending time with you. Revelation 3:20 Jesus is waiting at the door of your heart to spend time with you each day.
  • Decide to do it everyday
  • Get a blank journal and put each days dates in it.
  • On the first page of the journal write a personal prayer to God
  • Use the journal each day when you study/read the Bible to note down different texts, ideas that you find that are meaningful to you or answered prayers.
  • End the study with prayer.

Where do I start reading?

  • John: some of the simplest and clearest passages, but also some of the deepest and most profound passages. This book focuses on the things Jesus claimed about Himself
  • Mark: tells about what Jesus did, while John tells about what Jesus said and who Jesus was. This book is quick and fast-paced.
  • James: This book tells us that we are to show our faith in the little acts of daily living.
  • 1 Samuel: A book of awesome stories.
  • Psalms: A book of songs written mainly by King David, but also other writers. It shows the deep relationship the David had with God through all his struggles and joyous times in his life.

Tips for reading the Bible & getting something out of it

  • Never give up!
  • Spend time with God everyday praying and reading the Bible: John 6:51, 63 Jesus is the living bread of life. His words are life. John 4:10,13,14 Jesus is the living water. Just as we need physical bread (food) and water to live, we also need spiritual bread and water to live in Christ – This is the Word of God, the Bible.
  • “The Living Word’ (The Bible) is the medicine against sin”
  • 2 Peter 1:21 says that the Bible “never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”. So what does this mean to us? We should pray to God before reading His Word for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to understand what we read.
  • God loves spending time with you. Revelation 3:20 Jesus is waiting at the door of your heart to spend time with you each day.
  • Decide to do it everyday
  • Get a blank journal and put each days dates in it.
  • On the first page of the journal write a personal prayer to God
  • Use the journal each day when you study/read the Bible to note down different texts, ideas that you find that are meaningful to you or answered prayers.
  • End the study with prayer.

Where do I start?

  • John: some of the simplest and clearest passages, but also some of the deepest and most profound passages. This book focuses on the things Jesus claimed about Himself
  • Mark: tells about what Jesus did, while John tells about what Jesus said and who Jesus was. This book is quick and fast-paced.
  • James: This book tells us that we are to show our faith in the little acts of daily living.
  • 1 Samuel: A book of awesome stories.
  • Psalms: A book of songs written mainly by King David, but also other writers. It shows the deep relationship the David had with God through all his struggles and joyous times in his life.
Eric & Monique