I want to study the Bible, but I don’t know where to start.
Bible study ideas just flow out of me. That hasn't always been the case.
Like many of you, I once stared at this big book called the Bible with a complete feeling of overwhelm, wondering, "Where in the world do I start?"
Knowing that many of you feel slightly paralyzed by this and other questions that are holding you back, I developed a 5-day email course called "Busting Your Top 5 Bible Study Roadblocks."
Today, I'm giving you a little sneak peek here on the blog.
My first cover-to-cover attempt totally flopped. I read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in about 2.5 years, but I still couldn't figure out the Bible's storyline. (Kudos to those of you who learn well this way!)
So what's the best approach to tackling this bestseller?
1. Start anywhere:
Starting somewhere is better than not starting at all. Don't let the wait for the perfect curriculum keep you from reading the Bible. Wherever you start, just start.
2. Get the big picture:
You need to see the forest through the trees. It's going to help you insanely when you pick a book of the Bible to read, follow your pastor's sermon, or come across a verse on Pinterest. Know where it fits into the whole story.
Start with this article: "Tracing the Bible's Storyline Through 66 Books."
Bust through that roadblock:
Today, get started reading Scripture. You can pick one of these ideas:
- Read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with today's date: The book of Proverbs offers lots of wisdom and will help you simply get into the habit of reading Scripture regularly.
- Read Genesis 1 to start at the beginning: Don't believe the rumor that Genesis is the wrong place to start. This is where you will learn the premise of the Bible's storyline, find out tons about God, and be challenged by the faith-walk of the patriarchs.
- Read John 1 to start with Jesus: Reading one of the gospels and flooding your mind with the work of Jesus Christ will teach you tons about your faith.
While I definitely recommend learning good Bible study habits and getting a full picture of the Bible, my first tip is this: Just get started. Don't put it off any longer. Once you have developed this new habit, it will be easier to dive into whatever curriculum or book of the Bible you choose to study next.
Click on the image above to learn more about and sign up for this FREE 5-day email course. Finally, get started with a regular quiet time with answers and practical steps to these roadblocks:
- I don't know where to start.
- I don't have the time.
- I always forget to read.
- I don't understand what I'm reading.
- I am not sure if I'm doing this right.
Do you have a friend who could benefit from these five encouraging emails in their inbox? Tell them about this course and help them out.
Wishing you a Scripture-confident day,