After some years of ministry as a Bible School Leader and Lecturer with Youth With A Mission, I am wanting to share some useful tips to help anyone who is interested in getting a good Biblical foundation for their lives.
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From Daunting to Exciting
Let's be honest, when many of us think about the Bible we imagine a rather large and in many ways unappealing book and the reading of it a somewhat daunting task. Others may have fonder thoughts related to the stories they've heard from it, or the truths they have learned from it.
Probably, for most of us, the most difficult thing about reading the Bible is just getting started. If you are anything like I was, the thought of attempting a start at the beginning for the umpteenth time is not about to excite you. At times I still find getting going a challenge. But, when I do, I invariably love it!
The real cake however, is not in reading alone, but in Bible Study. This I enjoy a lot and that is the reason for this website. I want to get you excited too.
I want to offer you a two-pronged approach where you simultaneously do both Bible Reading and Bible Study for your enjoyment.
The good news is that the whole Bible need not be read from beginning to end in order for it to enrich your life. You see, the Bible is actually a library of 66 different books. Most of these books were written by different authors, about different issues, to different audiences and often at very different times. With this in mind you can appreciate that it is much more manageable to read and/or study the Bible one book at a time, than to attempt a start to finish approach to the whole Bible.
Many of the books take 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes to read, while others can take up to 5 hours. All 66 books of the Bible relate to each other and together comprise the books that were recognized as authored by God as a living written account of His relationship with man.
Individually, the books of the Bible are to be read or studied just like you would any other book, but the Bible as a whole does not dictate which book to begin with. Having said that, there are some helpful tips on where to begin.