In what Order should I read the Bible ?
  • I recommend the following order, particularly if this is your first time.

Step 1 -- The Essence
  • Gospel: Ensure that you understand what the gospel is
    • and that you have committed your life to Christ, if you are ready to do so.
    • Note: "Gospel" means good news. It is good news indeed that we can be reconciled with God through Jesus Christ.
  • A brief presentation of this good news can be seen in the following verses:
    • Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 3:16, Revelations 3:20, Ephesians 2:8-10...
  • Read these verses first.
  • The essence of Christianity (the gospel) is also presented at the end of this post, for your convenience.

  • Next, I recommend reading in the following order...

Step 2 -- The life of Jesus Christ
  • Mark (shortest gospel, presents the life of Christ).
    • Mark is the second book in the New Testament.
    • The Bible is divided into the Old Testament, and the New Testament.
    • The Old Testament describes events before the birth of Jesus Christ.
    • The New Testament describes the birth of Jesus Christ and events that took place after this.
    • The first 4 books of the New Testament describe the life of Jesus Christ.
      • These books are called gospels.
    • Of these gospels, Mark is the the shortest one.

Step 3 -- Sharing the Good News
  • Acts (presents the initial sharing of the Good News and building of the church).
    • Acts is the fifth book in the New Testament.

Step 4 -- Living as a Christian
  • James (presents how to live as a Christian).
    • James is the twentieth book in the New Testament.

Step 5 -- Understanding Jesus
  • John (the fourth gospel, presents the life of Christ, with emphasis on Jesus being the Word of God, i.e., the embodiment of God's communication to us and presence with us).
    • John is the fourth book in the New Testament.

Step 6 -- New Testament
  • NT: Next, rapidly read the New Testament (the books we've missed so far), if possible 30 minutes at a time, rapidly (not focusing on specific verses).
    • This provides a rapid overview, with a big picture focus.
    • You can go into more detail later, if you wish, with particular books of the Bible.
  • Many individuals have found it helpful to listen to the New Testament on Audio Tape, or Audio CD, for instance, in their car on the way to work.
  • The New Testament contains 27 books, and presents an overview of...
    • events immediately preceding the birth of Jesus
    • the life of Jesus
    • events after his death and resurrection.

Step 7 -- Old Testament
  • OT: Next, rapidly read the Old Testament (the books we've missed so far), if possible 30 minutes at a time, rapidly (not focusing on specific verses).
    • This provides a rapid overview, with a big picture focus.
    • You can go into more detail later, if you wish, with particular books of the Bible.
  • Many individuals have found it helpful to listen to the Old Testament on Audio Tape, or Audio CD, for instance, in their car on the way to work.
  • The Old Testament contains 39 books, and presents an overview of...
    • events before the birth of Jesus.

The Essence of Christianity
  • All of us have fallen short of the beauty-of-character that God wants for his children. (Romans 3:23). Because of sin we are separated from God. (Romans 6:23)
  • God loves you so much that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins. If you commit your life to Christ based on this, you can be in relationship with God today, and in the life to come... (John 3:16)
  • God invites you to join his family. Will you open the door (of your heart) and invite Jesus in? (Revelations 3:20)
  • If you haven't already commited your life to Christ, and would like to do so ...
  • Or if you are sincerely seeking the Christian God, and have questions... feel free to contact us.

Grace and Peace to you
  • Wishing you Peace and Joy through Jesus Christ.