Read the Bible
As a new Christian, probably one of the most important things you can do is to read and study the Bible. The Bible is the inspired, 100% accurate and true Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is living and active. It’s more than a collection of stories or words on a page...it is the very Word of God for our lives today. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that “All scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living.”
- When you read the Bible, God will show you things about Himself.
- When you read the Bible, God will show you things in your life that need to change.
- When you read the Bible, God will teach you what it means to be a Christ- follower.
- When you read the Bible you’ll get a better understanding of your purpose in life.
I want to encourage you to spend time each day reading God’s Word during some quiet time.
Don’t get confused by all the different covers and translations out there – find a Bible that you can read and understand. One of the most popular translations is The New International Version (NIV). At Pipeline Church, we use The New Living Translation (NLT) quite a bit. You can find both of these at a bookstore or on the Internet. Biblegateway.com and eBible.com are two great sites where you can search and read God’s Word. But remember, the Bible cannot help you if it sits on a table or in the back seat of a car. If you don’t have a Bible, let someone at Oak Leaf Church know and we’ll get one for you.
If you’ve never read the Bible before, start reading in the book of John. It’s in the New Testament, and is the story of the life of Jesus. Another option is the 30-day reading plan that we’ve included at this end of this handout.
Psalm 1:1 encourages us to meditate on the Bible. In fact, that verse teaches that you life will be blessed if you meditate on God’s Word. Don’t let that word meditate confuse you. David Nasser says that meditating on the Bible is like marinating. Just like we let a steak or a chicken breast soak in a great marinade, we think on God’s Word and let it soak into our lives.
As you read the Bible, underline words or phrases that stick out. Think about what it really means. Write questions down and seek answers. Memorize key verses, and think about God’s Word as you go throughout the day.
Most importantly, start reading. If you’ve got time to read this, you’ve got time to read God’s Word. Enter Text Here