The word of God is living and active, and you must be able to enrich your faith by just reading the Bible. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
The Bible is not meant to be sitting on a shelf gathering dust, but rather it is meant to be living and active. Through the scriptures, God reveals Himself to us, revealing His love for us and His plan for our lives. Furthermore, reading the Bible can lead to knowing Christ more deeply as He speaks through the written word.
Here are some ideas that will help enrich your faith by reading the Bible:
1) Read daily
Try to read a chapter in the Old Testament and a chapter in the New Testament each day. Or, perhaps you might try to read a chapter in Psalms. Make a plan for how much you will read each day. Then stick with your plan!
2) Use an online Bible reading schedule or app
There are several websites and apps that offer online Bible reading plans. Here are a few to check out:
The One Year Chronological Bible, Youversion, and SimpleTruths are great apps you can try.
3) Read with friends
Set up a time or times that work for everyone, and then meet together to read the Bible. You could even have each person choose different passages to read so you can share with one another what God is teaching you.
4) Read different translations of the Bible
Different translations offer unique insights into God’s word. The translation you read should be one that is accurate while also making sense to you in terms of wording and style.
5) Read books about the Bible
Books by trusted authors can help you better understand God’s word and how to apply it to your life. Check out these books:
- “Introduction to the Bible” by William Barclay
- “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson
These are some of our suggestions to enrich your faith through reading books about the Bible.
6. Read A Portion Of Scripture Each Day
If you want good success, read two chapters (start with Psalm 1) in the Bible every day. After a month, increase to three chapters. Once you read the entire book of Proverbs, move on to another book of the Bible and do the same. If you struggle with reading more than a few chapters a day, choose a shorter book like James or Philemon.
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