In God's Word
READING THE BIBLE
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It can seem intimidating, big and mysterious. There are many translations—which is the best one to choose? And where is the best place to start reading? Let us help!
Choose a translation of the Bible that's trustworthy and easy for you to understand. Visit Bible.com or another Bible app to try out different versions. Pastor Mike often uses the English Standard Version (ESV).
If this is your first time reading the Bible, choosing a study Bible will put maps and other resources right where you need them to answer your questions.
Now that you have a Bible to read, scroll down to find some ideas for what to read first.
What You'll Find
The Bible is not some dull read. It's about people, and we're not boring or perfect. You'll find adventure, conflict, war, romance, infidelity, rebellion, suffering, redemption, wisdom, foolishness and so much more, all wrapped up in 66 different books.
The first part, called the Old Testament, is an early history while the second part—the New Testament—reveals Jesus' life and teachings and the story of the start of the church. All of it speaks of God's love for us.
Bible Reading Plans
Here are a few ways to get started reading:
Start With Jesus
Begin your reading in the New Testament with the book of Matthew. Hear directly from Jesus, learn about his life, death and resurrection, and then see what people do once he's no longer walking side by side with them.
Start With John
The book of John is a poetic message of remembrance from someone who spent years walking and talking with Jesus.
Start at the Beginning
If you're a history buff and want to see how God chose the Israelites to be his representatives among the nations, read through from Genesis.
Mix It Up
Try this approach (using four bookmarks) so you can read different parts of the Bible every day.