How to Read the Bible

“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the the mouth of God'” (Matthew 4:4).

We all know we should read God’s word on a daily basis. We all know that one of the only ways we grow in our faith is by reading and studying God’s word daily.

As with many things, the problem is not that we don’t know these things. The problem is that it’s sometime really dry and boring. It’s difficult.

If you’ve been there before, you are not alone.

The Bible is a collection of many different kinds of writings. Some of it is prose, some narrative. Some are poetry, and some are parables. Even though the Bible is a collection of different kinds of writings from multiple human authors, every single passage of the Bible share one common reality: Every single passage of the Bible is talking about God.

Alistair Begg says, “God is the hero of the story and the theme of the book, and so the first question we ask of every passage ought to be this: what does this tell me of God?”

There are multiple plans that will help you read and study the Bible online. I have referred you multiple times to http://www.bible.com. There are fantastic resources to help you keep track of your daily reading.

As you are going through your daily readings, the question you should be asking is, “What is God trying to teach me about who he is through this text?”

Try it. Read the Bible through that lens.

I keep a daily journal of my prayers and readings. Journaling helps me process what I am reading. I encourage you to try it.

The main thing is that you keep at it.

We do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

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