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When a snowball rolls down a snowy hill, is it easier to stop it at the top? Or how it descends? Of course, it's easier to stop at the top. And that's where Satan likes to come into play.
He wants to keep us from drawing near to God until we are filled with His Word, grow in faith, and free ourselves from sin. This is why reading the New Testament is so important.
When you start reading your Bible or want to dive back in, the New Testament is the best place to start. If you look at the Bible as a whole, the testaments—new and old—are covenants between God and us.
There is the "old covenant" which is the Old Testament. In the Old Testament most of what is written does not apply to us, which does not mean that it is not worth reading.
The Old Testament is amazing for understanding who God is. His character and how he loves us. Among a thousand other things.
However, if you are just starting out or want to know what applies to us as Christians, you must start in the "New Covenant" - the New Testament. And it is perfectly possible to read the New Testament in a month.
Ever since Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, was crucified, and rose from the dead, we have entered into a new covenant with God. A covenant of love and freedom in Christ. The New Testament is the best Bible reading order for new believers.
Why does this Bible Reading Plan PDF begin with John?
The New Testament begins with Matthew with the four gospels. However, I began this Bible reading plan with John.
Why? Because if you're new to reading the Bible, reading the gospel four times can be a bit repetitive.
The Gospels are written by four disciples. Each of them wrote down what they had seen and experienced during Jesus' life on earth.
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Each gospel is different and unique in its own way, but they all carry the same message. That Christ came to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, and rose again on the third day.
What Christ did and said while He was here is extremely important. It is also important to read the other gospels, but they are left out in this Bible reading plan.
Tips on using this Bible reading plan for beginners
If you're new to the Bible, I'd love to give you some reading tips! This is the perfect PDF Bible reading plan for beginners!
1. It's okay not to understand everything you read.
When you receive salvation, the Holy Spirit comes and lives in you. That means you have God living in you. I know, a strange concept, but it's a reminder that he's with you always.
The Holy Spirit interprets the Bible for you. I don't know if you read the Bible before you met Christ, but without him it doesn't make much sense.
As the Holy Spirit interprets the Bible for you, some things you read will come out and make perfect sense to you, while others will not.
The Bible is not meant to be read just once, and as you read it more times, different things will make sense at different times. Because God knows what you need, when you need it. It is wonderful.
Nota marginal-Reading the Bible feeds your spirit, and even when you think you don't remember what you read. The Holy Ghost can remind you of the scriptures you have read when you need them.
But He cannot remind you of the Scriptures unless you read them! So be sure to read it!
2. If you don't have a Bible or want a new one, bring a study Bible
A study Bible breaks down the verses and tells you what they mean. I remember when I first started reading the New Testament I kept reading about Jesus hanging from a tree.
And I thought, wait, I thought He was crucified and not hanging by a rope. I didn't understand what it meant that he was hanging by nails on a cross. (I know, I know, I'm stupid)
There are many things in the Bible that don't make sense at first, and you will have many questions. For this reason, study Bibles are perfect for beginners or even experienced Christians.
I still use my study bible, that's what I call "trust dust". The pages can be torn and wrinkled but I love it.
Here are some study Bibles you can get from Amazon:
This is the Bible I personally use, my "dust of trust":
Here is a NIV Study Bible:
Here is a study Bible in the NLT version:
3. Don't be afraid to write and mark in your Bible
Many people ask themselves this question. Trust me, you are not offending God by writing in your Bible.
Mine is marked, highlighted...I even spilled food and coffee on it. But when I try to look up a verse, I remember what color it's highlighted in and it's easier for me to find it.
If you want a system to highlight my good friend Lillian in your BibleEmbrace the beautifulhas an amazing Bible Study Color Code!
Here are some markers and pens that I would recommend for use with a Bible. The Bible has thin pages, so you'll want to make sure whatever you use doesn't leak through the papers.
4. It's perfectly normal to have more doubts.
The Bible is literally filled with the works of God. And as the Bible says, "His ways are higher than ours" (Isaiah 55:8-9), some of them can be difficult to understand.
If you want to go deeper or have someone to answer questions, reach out to your church and ask someone to disciple you. Discipleship is important in the life of every Christian. Get someone a little further away than you to come along and help you on your journey.
You can also check out Hank Hanegraaff's FAQ resource:
I loved this book when I first read my Bible!
He also has some podcasts you can listen to! Find Hank Hanegraaff easily on your favorite podcast app!
If you want to delve deeper into the Bible, you can also make a Bible commentary. My favorite is Warren Wiersbe's Be series. he is my darling
Here is an example of one of the books, there is one for every book in the Bible:
You canClick here for search results for all books on Amazon.
How to use this New Testament reading plan
This Bible Reading Plan is broken down by day with checkboxes for you to review each day.
Each day there are five to six chapters. Depending on the Bible book you are reading, it should take an average of 30 minutes a day for the average reader. Towards the middle and end, the chapters get shorter and it takes less time to read.
I like to read my Bible in a quiet place so I can focus fully on what I'm reading. I recommend you do the same. This makes focusing easier.
I always recommend praying before reading the Bible. Pray that God would reveal Himself to you, focus and remember His Word, and help you apply His Word.
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This plan is perfect for reading the New Testament in 30 days! Hope it helps you!
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- How to use this New Testament reading plan
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