What book of the Bible should you read first if you are just starting out reading the Bible?

If you’ve ever asked this question, this video is for you! Most Christians know it’s important to read the Bible, but if you are just starting out it can be very overwhelming to know WHERE to start. The Bible, after all, is a big book! Truth is, there’s really no wrong place to start in the Bible – the important thing is that you are reading it. That being said, some places are definitely more helpful than others as a starting point, so in this video I’m breaking down five books of the Bible to consider reading first if you are just starting out. I hope one of them ends up being a good book for you to start with! 💛

If you are new to reading the Bible, be sure to also check out the other videos on my channel – I have resources on how to study the Bible, Bible study series where we go through a book of the Bible together chapter-by-chapter, as well as topical Bible studies. ✨

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  1. If you are an absolute beginner, I'd recommend start reading in Mark, then Colossians and Titus. Then read Matthew, John, Luke and then Acts and following with the rest of the New Testament. Use the KJV, NKJV, NASB95, ESV or CSB for good literal study. Use the NLT for easy reading and comprehension. God Bless!

  2. Thanks for explaining all aspects of where to start. As a starter who has always been fascinated to learn about bible but never knew how and where to start form, this means a lot. I love the explanation you gave on psalms indeed they provide the best meditation 🙏🏾

  3. my dad just gave me a Bible I'm already 41 years Old, and this video helps me a lot, gave me direction where to start reading it, and also makes me decide which chapter would trigger my personal interest.. Thanks a lot! 🙋💙💙💙 Cristina -Philippines!

  4. Right. 🙂 I was anticipating that you were going to say somewhere else. I fully agree, beginners should start from the begining. To fully understand the New Testament, beginners and everyone should start with the Old Testament. The Old Testament scriptures are referenced by most of the New Testament writers, such as The Lord Jesus in the Gospels, Apostle Paul in his letters to the churches, Apostle Peter, etc. As a college graduate, this is always a part of all college curriculums, what is called prerequisites in a series of courses that start with the basics to intermediate, advanced, expert, master to grandmaster level. The Lord Jesus is the Master. Christians are His disciples. God, the Father, is the Grandmaster. A 365 NLT Bible is also a version of the Bible to read in 365 days that would help a beginner to start and finish reading the Bible.


    It's probably accurate to say only 1% of Christians read the Bible at all, on their own! 99% only "read" the Bible in the sense they hear verses read by their ministers, priests, preachers or teachers.

    However, it's probably far worse in the sense that most Christians (especially those who belong to Neo Evangelical churches) were TOLD what the Bible says and MEANS, LONG BEFORE the few who later bothered to read it, meaning, by the time those who do pick it up and read it have grave difficulties accurately interpreting what it says, for the Doctrine Goggles that have been placed over their eyes! Let's take an example.

    Ask any 100 Neo Evangelical Christians if Jesus ever said, "The way is broad that leads to _________, and the way is narrow that leads to __________," and ask them to fill in the blanks. Almost every one will say they are very familiar with this verse…but when they fill in blanks, most, if not all, will say Jesus was talking about Hell and Heaven!

    However, the actual verse, found in Matthew 7:13-14, says, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to DESTRUCTION [emphasis added] destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto LIFE [emphasis added], and few there be that find it."

    It does NOT say Hell, nor Heaven, but "destruction" and "life." In other words, Jesus was not talking about where people's souls go after they die, but about the many different ways people engage in hurtful behavior that leads to empty existence at best but more often, destructive lives, and the relatively few ways some people choose to behave so they may enjoy REAL, PURPOSEFUL LIVING in the here and now, by leading lives of doing good and helping those who suffer.

    This was the constant theme Jesus talked about, over and over! For him, "salvation" was about getting saved, NOT FROM GOD, NOT FROM HELL…but from SIN ITSELF, and by "sin" he meant doing things that either cause others to suffer or ignore helping the suffering when you have the ability to help them (Matthew, Chapter 25).

    But because Christians don't read and study the bible on their own, they're prone to swallow whole whatever their leaders tell them it means, until they get to the point where they can't even understand it once some of them finally do get around to reading it!

    Rick Lannoye, author of https://www.amazon.com/Real-Life-Jesus-Nazareth-Really-Stood-ebook/dp/B09V4BJ62D

  6. I am very new at being a Christian and I don’t understand anything about it. I pray for a better understanding….I can’t figure out if God and Jesus are two different people…so that’s where I’m at with it but I think I’m going to start out with Genesis and go from there…thank you!💜

  7. If you had five minutes or less to explain God’s plan of salvation for mankind, with another person, where would you start and what books in the Bible would you quote and how would you summarize it all?

  8. I think I’m going to start from the beginning. I always got told not to read cover to cover but I always felt like I should or I wouldn’t know what all happened and wouldn’t really understand. I’m starting my journey 03/10/2022. Once I wake up. I’m writing this at 3:07 am.

  9. Really lovely video, friendly and helpful – gives a really good starting point – I have had the bible in my life for many many years but never read it and decided to recently, it is a big and quite daunting book but this made me feel motivated with a clear start point. Thankyou! ❤️

  10. revelation is also an incredible book. if you are just starting out in your faith, i’d recommend you maybe read that later on when you’ve built a deeper foundation with God, but yeah i’d highly recommend.


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