The best way to find out more about Jesus and strengthen your relationship with him is to read the Bible for yourself. Here are some resources and pointers that may be helpful for you.
If you just became a Christian or know very little about the Bible:
Try reading Mark, which is the most concise book that tells the story of Jesus, or Ephesians, which is a good summary of the Christian life.
Bible Reading Plans:
- 3-year plan. This one is Pastor Ben’s favorite, because it rotates between OT and NT every few weeks and also it is organized by the week instead of the day so there is more flexibility. It goes through the OT once and the NT twice in three years.
- 2-year plan. This plan takes you through the Bible in order of the books in two years.
- 1-year plan. The classic M’Cheynne reading plan. The OT once and the NT and Psalms twice in one year. This plan also gives you variety, with readings from different parts of the bible every day.
Go at your own Pace:
Alternatively, you can also just make sure you rotate between different parts of the Bible and just take it at your own pace. The important thing is that you are sampling all the different parts of the Bible, rather than just the parts that are comfortable to you.
Rotate through these 5 categories, reading one book from each category. Keep rotating until you check off all the books. Right click on the image below to print.
When you have questions as you are reading:
As you’re reading through the bible, you will probably be confused and have questions. The best thing you can do about this is to read the bible with a friend or a small group and discuss it. Also, here are some good resources that will help you:
The Bible Project Videos on Youtube: These short 5-10 minute videos summarize books of the bible and themes in the bible. Watch the video on the book you are reading and it will help you understand the big picture of it.