The Holy Bible is the sacred book that Christians live by. It is a spiritual book in which the Holy Spirit reveals the things of God to us. It was written by the Holy Spirit inspiring men of God and revealing things to them.
2 Peter 1:21
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Everyone is created equal, but at the same time we are all unique in our own way. One example of this uniqueness is our learning style, we don’t all learn in the same way. Studying the Bible is a must for Christians but many seem to struggle with that concept, they would rather hear what someone else has to say about it. Many say they don’t understand the Bible, which was probably believable when we only had the King James Version with its’ added challenge of early modern English, beautiful and poetic though it is. However, we now have so many translations such as the ‘New King James Version,’ ‘New International Version,’ ‘New Living Translation,’ ‘The Amplified Bible’, to name a few. We have women’s, men’s, children’s and study bibles, which make it easier to understand the Word of God, so we no longer have any excuses.
Many years ago the Bible was only available to the rich and educated in the land, and its’ first translations were not readily available to the masses. People died translating the Bible for us so we have full access to it today. When beginning to study the bible, the first thing to address is your learning style. Do you learn best by listening, being tactile and hands-on, visually through images and diagrams or by reading and writing? Once you have identified your learning style, and found the Bible most suitable to you, before you even open its pages let’s do something you may never have considered doing before. If you have, we are on the same page. Say a simple prayer for help and understanding as you read.
Father in Heaven, I thank you for bringing me this far and blessing me with your Holy Bible. Now I set my heart to learn what is written in these pages I pray that you will help me to understand your Word and to reveal to me the deeper meanings of God. I ask this in the name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
You will not understand everything you read so have your notebook, pen and bible dictionary ready; make notes and write down any questions you have. The Holy Spirit is your teacher first and foremost, if you ask Him, He will reveal the meaning of the scriptures to you. God has also given us teachers and leaders over us to help us, so don’t be afraid to ask for their help. No question is too silly, if it is important to you then it is important.
Read a little each day, if you are not able to do this, don’t start feeling guilty and don’t try to read twice as much to catch up. You will miss the point of studying and get yourself caught up in useless condemnation. If you are not able to read, then listen to it or watch it on the many devices available to us today. It is important that you work at your own speed and your own understanding. The following table is a recommendation of the books to study in your first few years in the Lord.
Recommended reading if you are studying the Bible for the first time:
Matthew - The life of Jesus, from birth through to death and resurrection
Mark - The life of Jesus, from birth through to death and resurrection
Luke - The life of Jesus, from birth through to death and resurrection
John - The life of Jesus with emphasis on His divinity, that God
Genesis - The creation and fall of mankind, God’s early Covenants, the Patriarchs
Acts - The power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, the work of the Apostles
Romans - The Christian’s journey of Faith, how to live a Christian life
Galatians - Explanation of Law vs Grace and why we are now under Grace
Nothing else will feed the spirit man more than reading and studying the Bible continuously through your Christian life. It aids spiritual growth, gives you clarity when making decisions, peace in tumultuous situations and a real joy in your spirit.