How to get started reading The Bible

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I know that Bible study can be intimidating. I also know that you may feel you don’t have the time, or you don’t know where to start. I get it.  That is why I’m sharing this post. I will answer the questions I see most often regarding Bible reading or Bible study. How to get started reading The Bible?

In today’s world, we have endless resources at our fingertips. 

With so much great Christian content out there, it’s easier than ever to connect with Christians from around the world and dig into the scripture. 

If it’s so easy, why do so many people have a hard time starting? 

That’s because there are too many choices!!!! 

Growing up, we had a TV, a VCR and 4 movies: Gulliver’s travels, Dr. Dolittle, Hans Christian Andersen, and Fantasia. 

When PD days came around, we would watch at least 2 of those movies without wasting any time trying to choose which one to watch. 

But, when we got older, we would spend time looking for spare change around the house, walking to the movie rental store and spending an hour trying to pick which movie we wanted to watch. 

The idea of having LOTS of resources sounds great. But in reality, the more we have to pick from, the harder it is for us to choose. 

That’s because we are afraid of missing out on all the other options we said no to. 

It’s the same for choosing a Bible study, a Bible reading plan, or even a Bible. 

The choices are endless. 

How to get started in Bible Study

My number 1 piece of advice is this: Just Start

You don’t need fancy equipment or the “right Bible”**. 

You probably already have a Bible at home, or on your phone. 

Open it up and start reading the gospels. (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). 

Most Christian leaders agree that starting in the gospels is a great start. 

That’s because you get to know the story of how Jesus was born, His ministry, who He was, and then His death, resurrection and ascension. 

Even with 4 gospels, people have a hard time choosing, so I’ll make it really simple. 

Open your Bible to the book of John and start reading.

Don’t worry about taking notes, or anything else, just focus on reading. 

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Make Bible reading a Habit

Now that you’ve started, I want you to make Bible reading a Habit.

You’ve probably heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. That means doing the same thing every day for 21 days straight. 

John, just so happens, to have 21 chapters. So, on day 1, read John chapter 1, on day 2, chapter 2 and so on. 

Then what? 

If you’re like me, you might be thinking: Anne, that’s great. I have a 21-day plan, but then what? 

What do I do next? 

That’s an excellent question! 

A picture of a woman sitting down and reading a book. Below the picture are the words How to get started reading The Bible?

During the first 21 days, when you already have a plan, I want you to do 2 things. 

1. Ask yourself why you are reading God’s word 

There are many reasons to read God’s word, I shared a few just the other week. But, those were generic. 

Most people have a personal reason to read God’s word. 

  • Maybe you are facing unrest and want peace. 
  • Maybe you don’t know who you are, so you want to know what God says about that. 

The list can go on. 

But I want you to take 5-10 minutes and pray about what area The Lord wants you to grow in. 

  • Anger 
  • Forgiveness
  • Parenting
  • Growing in your faith 

Once you have prayed through it, something (a topic) should stick out to you. 

Maybe you are watching this right now and already know what God wants you to grow in. 

Once you know what that reason is, I want you to write it down.

If you aren’t sure about this step, don’t let it keep you from continuing to read God’s word. 

Write that you don’t know, and then move on to the next step I’m going to share. 

Once you know what area you want to grow in, 

2. Find a Bible reading plan

Find a Bible reading plan that will match your reason for reading.

For example: 

A few years ago, I was feeling lost as a parent and I wanted to learn more about what The Bible had to say about parenting. 

So, I turned to my Bible app on my phone, went to their bible plan section and put parenting in the search function. 

The app then gave me a list of plans. I read through the descriptions and picked one. 

Then, for the next couple of weeks, I followed that plan. 

Then the cycle starts again. 

  • If you want to learn more about who God is, look for studies that teach you His name and the things He has done! 
  • I you want to have more peace, then find Bible reading plans that guide you through verses about peace with God. 

Whatever you want to learn more about, I promise you there is a resource out there for you! 

Just turn to our trusty friend Google. You can simply search: Bible verses about…….. (fill in the blank). 

This past Sunday, the message was about reading the Bible. The pastor said the one thing you don’t want to do is to open your Bible to a random spot and read the verse. 

He gave 2 really silly examples of the types of verses you can land on, and how they might not be applicable to your life. 

I agree with him. Flipping to a random verse in your Bible is probably not the best idea. 

But, If it’s all still feeling overwhelming— then take your Bible. Open it to a random page and start reading. 

Don’t just read whatever verse you land on. Read the surrounding verses, and read the whole chapter. If need be, read the next chapter. 

If that’s what it takes to get you started then DO IT! 


Since you are in this group and following me, you have already taken the first step. You want to read your Bible, and you want to know God more. 

My number 1 goal is to help Christian women, read Their Bibles, understand what they read, and then help them apply what they have learned to their lives. 

That is why I am so excited to invite you to The Faith in Action Conference.

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