Whether you’re a devoted Christian, or you’re only just getting started on your path to faith, reading the Bible is one of the best things you can do as a Christian. It’s the the word of God, and it benefits you in so many ways: it makes you wise, gives you direction, and builds your relationship with God. But, if you’ve never read the Bible, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to keep up with reading. There are a few things you should know before you start in order to get the most out of reading the Bible.


Decide why you want to read it

We all have our reasons for turning to the Bible. Whether it’s out of joy or out of sorrow, our purpose for reading the Bible shouldn’t matter to anyone else, though it should matter to you. Understanding why you want to read the Bible can help you learn which passages to look for. The Bible is a long book, after all, and it would be take you a long time to read through the entirety of it. Though if you wanted to, you’re free to do that! Understanding why you want to read the Bible will be the most important factor in you getting the most out your experience.

Choose the best translation for you

Depending on how familiar you are with the Bible, you may or may not realize that there are many different translations available. While each translation obviously covers the same material, your reading experience will vary greatly depending on which translation you choose. While some translations may be more difficult to read than others, they may be more rewarding. Do yourself a favor and have a look at the different translations before committing to one.

Pick a plan and stick to it

Once you’ve decided why you want to read the Bible, you can begin to figure out your plan for reading it.


Depending on your circumstances, you can find suggested reading plans, or research yourself to find the books and passages that will mean the most to you. However, just as important as setting a plan is, so is sticking to it. Once you’ve got a list of sections to read, you should set a schedule to make sure you stay on track. Try your best to stick to this schedule, but if you fall behind a little, don’t sweat it too much. Just keep up the good work.

Talk about it with friends and family

While reading the Bible alone can allow you to stick to your own pace and allow for some solitary growth, it may benefit you to read with others.

Reading with a group of friends or family can allow you to discuss the topics you discover in the Bible, as well as help you relate them to your personal issues. If you can’t find any friends or family who are interested in reading with you, you can probably start a Bible-reading group through your local church, or even look online for a community of similarly-minded people who would love to participate.

Read more about the Bible

What you read in the Bible, whether alone or with a group, may lead to some wonderful personal discovery and a greater connection with God.


That said, there are times when what you read can be a little confusing or you wish to know more. In these cases, it’s helpful to refer to outside sources to help you along in understanding the Bible. If you’re curious to see what others think of certain passages or you’d like to view different interpretations of the Bible, you can find many books and online resources to do so.