Can I just start reading the Bible?

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2Yes! The Bible, all the stuff God has to say to us, is ready for us to simply pick up and read—how amazing is that?

There are some things you might want to do first though, to get the most out of reading it:

1. Start with Jesus
It may sound strange, but it’s often easier not to start reading the Bible at page 1! The first part of the Bible, called the Old Testament, is very important but can be difficult to understand. It all leads up to the central character: Jesus, who we meet later on (in the bit of the Bible called the New Testament). So we can make much more sense of the Bible as a whole once we get to know Him better first. You will probably find it easier to start reading one of the books about Jesus’ life (known as the Gospels): Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I would recommend starting with either Mark or John’s stories of Jesus’ life.

2. Ask God to help you
God has made the Bible easily available to you because He wants you to read it and get to know Him and He wants to help you! Did you know that we are told that He will give us His Holy Spirit to help teach us (John 14 v26)? Talk to God before you start to read and ask Him to help you understand what He is saying to you in the Bible. You don’t have to use fancy words, just be yourself and talk to Him as you would talk to a friend. He is listening and wants to teach you more about Himself through the Bible.

3. Use some Bible reading notes
There are also many Bible reading notes available to help explain the Bible to you as you read it. Don’t know where to look? You are reading this on a website run by Our Daily Bread Ministries, who have a range of Bible reading notes available for free (including on this site, email, app, audio and in print). There are lots of others available elsewhere too. If you know a Christian or a SASRA Scripture Reader, ask them what they use and if you can take a look to see if it would work for you too. Reading the same notes as someone else also means you can talk about it with them and ask them your questions!

— Alan, an Our Daily Bread reader

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