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How to read the Bible

If you are taking time to read this you will probably realise that the Bible is an incredibly important book but maybe you find it a bit daunting. We hope this section will help you get started.

What kind of Book is the Bible?

It is helpful to consider the Bible as a collection of books like a library but all containing the same theme and pointing to the same Person – The Lord Jesus Christ.

As you read through you will encounter many different styles of writing such as history, poetry, prophecy, biographies and letters.

What is the Structure of the Bible?

There are two main sections to the Bible – the first is called the ‘Old Testament’ and the second is called the ‘New Testament’.

The 39 books of the Old Testament can be further grouped as follows;

The New Testament has 27 books and follows this pattern;

Where should I start reading?

We would strongly suggest that you start reading the Bible in the Gospels. You will find these four books right at the start of the New Testament and they describe the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.

These books were written by four men; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They wrote from slightly different perspectives but all of them knew Him very well and were able to record very accurately what he said and did.

One of the major events described by all of the gospel writers is the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross. As you read about this reflect on the fact that He was suffering there so that it could be possible for you to be forgiven and brought to know God.

You will also read that He rose again from the dead showing he has power over death and can offer salvation to us.

“Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3&4