Reading the Bible can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re new to it. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are some tips to help you read the Bible this year:
Choose a translation.
There are many different translations of the Bible. Some popular translations include the New International Version (NIV), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), both of which are more modern translations, and the King James Version (KJV), which is more traditional.
Set aside a regular time to read.
It’s important to make time for reading the Bible, so try to set aside a regular time each day to read. This may help you stay consistent and make it easier to stay focused.
Start with a book of the Bible.
It can be overwhelming to try to read the entire Bible at once, so perhaps it’s best to start with one book at a time. Pick a book that interests you and start there. There are also tons of reading plans and devotionals that you can choose from if you want more guidance and direction. Here are a few that our staff members recommend:
- The Bible App
- My Utmost for His Highest (Oswald Chambers)
- The Bible in A Year (Stephen Arterburn M. ED. / Misty Arterburn)
Read with a purpose.
Before you start reading, take a few moments to think about what you’re hoping to get out of the passage. After you read, consider writing out the passages or a paraphrase of the verses that stood out most to you.
As you read, don’t be afraid to ask questions. What does this passage mean? How does it apply to my life? What can I learn from it? Asking questions will help you gain a deeper understanding of the passage.
Just remember, no matter how you choose to read the Bible this year the most important thing is simply that you do.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…”
— 2 Timothy 3:16
Note: On each of Thirst Missions custom mission trips, daily time is set aside for you and your group to dig into God’s word and have time with one another in Worship and Devotion. Thirst Missions provides every team with a guided devotion that can be used, but you are also always welcome to bring your own devotional that best suits your team.