How To Read The Bible

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How To Use This Page - A guide to using the "read the Bible" index.
Why Read The Bible? - Why is reading the word of God so important?
How To Read The Bible - Tips to help make your Bible reading more profitable.
Bible Reading Schedule - Follow this schedule and read the entire Bible in a year.
How To Study The Bible - These articles provide the tools you need to mine the word.

How To Read The Bible
1. Make daily reading a habit. Follow the schedule available on the site (, or some other schedule, and stick to it.
2. Read with a purpose in mind. You should be reading the Bible in order to understand the will of God for your life. Reading just for the sake of reading, while better than nothing, may not be the most profitable. Watch the Read The Bible index page ( for links that will lead you to articles that may help your study (see
3. Read with a goal in mind. Read to finish and understand Genesis. Read to get an overview of the old testament. Read to survey all of the Messianic prophecies in Isaiah. Have something in mind that you want to learn, then plan how you want to learn it. Then do it.
4. Study as you read. Take notes. Write your questions down. On one of my trips through the Bible, I started to keep three separate notebooks: (a) an outline of each chapter and an overview of each book, (b) things I needed to study more and questions I had about Bible topics, events, etc.; and (c) ideas for lessons, sermons, studies, articles, books, etc.
5. Put what you read into practice. Vital lessons learned become that much more unforgetable when you begin to live them.
6. Learn to imitate faithful Bible characters:
(A.) Be like Ezra: "For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel." (Ezra 7:10, NKJV)
(1) Prepare your heart to seek the law of the Lord ("Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law." Psalms 119:18, NKJV)
(2) Do it ("If you love Me, keep My commandments." John 14:15, NKJV)
(3) Teach others ("And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2, NKJV)
(B.) Be like Paul: "Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1, NKJV)

(1) Be willing to learn from others.
(2) But only if you can see that the ones you seek to learn from are patterning their lives after the example of Christ.
7. Pray before and after you read. The passage alluded to above (Psalms 119:18) demonstrates the prayerful attitude we should have as we consider the meaning and intent of God's word.
8. Pursue wisdom. While it is true that God grants wisdom ("If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5, NKJV), it is also true that we must simultaneously pursue it of our own accord.
The opening verses of Proverbs 2 indicates the intensity with which we should pursue knowing the will of God and seeking wisdom. The verses as they appear below (bold text added) show how we should apply ourselves to learning God's will.
"My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you," Proverbs 2:1, NKJV.
"So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;" Proverbs 2:2, NKJV.
"Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding," Proverbs 2:3, NKJV.
"If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;" Proverbs 2:4, NKJV.
"Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God." Proverbs 2:5, NKJV.
"For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;" Proverbs 2:6, NKJV.


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