The Bible is not boring. The Bible is not irrelevant
to our lives today. The Bible is Gods letter to us: in it
we will find what God wants to communicate to us directly.
Many times when people call the Bible boring or irrelevant,
when they really mean overwhelming. For someone who doesn't know
much about the Bible or Christianity, opening a Bible and starting
to read it will give them so much new information so quickly that
they don't even know where to begin to understand it all. If
this is the case for you, make sure you have an easy-to-read
Bible (like the New Living Translation - we are offering these for
as they become available) and start by reading about Jesus in the
book of Mark or Luke (mostly stories), or John (mostly Jesus' teachings).
Try to find a friend or group of people through your church or Christian
group who will be able to encourage you and answers your questions
as you read.
Reading the Bible requires some time and discipline,
but this is a small payment for all that we will get out of it!
Use the suggestions below and in the "Tips and Ideas"
column to the right to help you out:
HOW TO READ YOUR BIBLE:
Get some tips from others. If youve never read your
Bible before, talk to someone who has so that they can help you
find a good place to get started unlike other books, you
may not want to start at the beginning!
Find a translation you like. Translations vary in their difficulty
and trueness to the original text. Paraphrases (like The Message)
are easier to read but are less true to the original (not word-for-word
translations), while more literal translations (like the NASB) are
very true to the original, but are more difficult to read. The NIV
is a good balance of the two.
Have someone keep you accountable. Find another Christian
who will help encourage you to keep reading and perhaps consider
meeting regularly so you both can share what Gods been teaching
you through your reading.
Read daily. When you make a habit of reading, it will be
easier to do it regularly.
Apply what you read. When a passage stands out to you, thats
God speaking to you! Think about how it applies to your life and
what you will do or change as a result of what you read. See James
Be ready and eager to read. Come to this time expecting to
learn and listen to God. Dont let busyness, pride, or a bad
attitude get in the way.
Dont try to understand everything. Write down questions
you have and dont get bogged down trying to figure it all
Find one nugget a day. Write down one thing God
showed you in your reading everyday.
Confess sin - sin will make it hard to listen to and spend
time with God reading another in a different book the next), your
reading can become directionless and unmotivated, plus you may not
get the overall picture of what God is communicating in His Word
If you miss a day (or more) dont feel guilty. Just get
back on track! Guilt will just keep you from your reading even longer.
THINGS THAT CAN MAKE READING YOUR BIBLE DIFFICULT...
Sometimes reading gets difficult and feels pointless.
Here are some possible causes and solutions:
Physical condition being tired or sick. This may or
may not be preventable. If it is, do something about it: go to bed
earlier, read at a better time in the day, or cut back on your activities.
Sin. Sin makes it hard to God to talk to you, so if youre
living in a way thats not pleasing to Him, deal with it. Confess
your sin and make things right.
Rushing your time with God. He cant say what He wants
to say, when you dont have time to listen. Slow down!
Getting in a rut. Find ways to spice up your time with God:
read a different translation, in a different spot (ignore your reading
plan!), at a different time or place, add a devotional do
whatever it takes to make your time with God new and interesting.
Not sharing what God is teaching you. When we dont share
with others what God is doing, it can discourage us and get us bored
find some friends to share with from time to time.
Sometimes none of these solutions will be of help
to you. If that is the case, remain disciplined and read even if
you dont feel like it. God is faithful and, if you are seeking
Him, will not let your time in His Word be like this for the rest
of your life!
See our FREE
online Bible guide for more information about Reading Your Bible.
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