How To Read Your Bible

The Bible is given to us by God to show us how we can have a relationship with Him through Jesus. When we read the Bible, we learn who God is and how He works in our lives.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

Where to Start?
One of the best places to start reading the Bible is the book of Mark. Mark tells the story of Jesus’ life and how He saves us. Watch this short video about the Gospel of Mark by The Bible Project:  

Start reading the Gospel of Mark today. We recommend reading a chapter a day until it is finished. The chapters are short and simple to read, and this will be a great start to forming a daily habit of spending time in God’s Word.

Download the Bible App

Download The Bible App through your phone’s App Store so you can carry your Bible with you wherever you go! Create a free account and browse through the many Bible reading plans. You can even share your plan with your friends and read the Bible together. Visit www.bible.com.

You will notice there are many different versions or translations of the Bible available. We recommend that you use either the New Living Translation (NLT) or the New International Version (NIV). Both of these are readable and reliable translations of the Bible.

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Apply the S.O.A.P. Method
S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s word. When you sit for your daily quiet time, read the Bible as you normally would with one simple difference. Underline or make note of any verses that jump out at you with special significance. This is the basis for diving deeper and using S.O.A.P.

Now, take your Prayer Journal and follow the steps…

  • Scripture – Write down the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.
  • Observation – What stands out to you in this passage? Who is it written by? Who is it written to? What’s one thing you didn’t notice before? Are there any repeated words? Is there a comparison or contrast?
  • Application – How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today? What changes do you need to make? Is there a specific action you need to take or a confession you need to make?
  • Prayer – Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.