At first, the Bible can seem a bit overwhelming and intimidating, right? It is a rather long book. But let’s talk for a moment about what the Bible actually is. At LifePoint Student Ministries, we believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. In plain and simple terms, the Bible is the story God and on its pages, you will find the very things God has chosen to reveal to humanity about Himself. When you really start to think about it, this is amazing. And it should make you wonder what He has to say.
Now, all of this doesn’t necessarily make reading it any easier. You make still be wondering, “Where do I even start?” As with any piece of literature, I would encourage you to start with something that interests you. The Bible is a collection of many different types of writing, constructed over a period of about 1500 years by around 40 different authors. You will find history, poetry, adventure, romance, drama, action, and many other genres. Here is a simple guide, pointing to different books based on interests:
Genesis – The history of how the universe was created, including the human species, as well as stories of important people like Noah, Abraham, and Joseph.
Exodus – Tells the story of Moses and his people, the Israelites.
Acts – The history of the early church and how it came to be in the aftermath of Jesus’ resurrection.
Action and Adventure:
Joshua – He took over leadership of the Israelite people after Moses, and this book tells the story of how Joshua commanded their army. If you are into war history, this may interest you!
Esther/Ruth – These books tell the incredible story of two important women.
Psalms – Here you will find many poems and songs about God.
Song of Solomon – This is an interesting book about how to have a godly and romantic marriage.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are called the gospels, and these are the biographies of Jesus; His birth, His miracles and teachings, His followers, and His death and resurrection.
Many of the books in the New Testament are actually letters written by a guy named Paul to different first century churches. What’s interesting about this is that each letter was written with a different purpose in mind, usually because the church was excelling in an area or struggling in another. To name a few:
1 Corinthians: Paul wrote to the church in Corinth to deal with several moral problems and division that had arisen there.
1 Thessalonians: The church in Thessalonica was setting a great example for other churches in the face of tremendous persecution.
Galatians: This church had been misled into believing things that weren’t true. Paul writes this letter to set the church straight on what freedom in Christ means.
We want you to understand that no matter what you are experiencing in your life, God has something to say to you through His word in the Bible. It is our hope that reading the Bible becomes a habit of yours, but you have to start somewhere! Before you get started, ask God to guide you, open your mind to what He has to say to you, and jump in.