When we read God’s Word, God the Father speaks to us, God the Son prays for us, and God the Holy Spirit works in us to help us understand what He has written. Make 2022 the year you experience these great things!
We’ve created a plan for reading the Bible that takes you through the whole of the New Testament and Psalms in a year, and the Old Testament over three years. We hope this pace will be manageable for you but you could just focus on the New Testament.Download the 2022 plan & guide
When the time comes to read God’s word, first turn away from all other distractions and give God your full attention! Pray that He would open your eyes to see wonderful things in His Word (Psalm 119:18), and give you ears to hear what He is saying (Matthew 11:15).
Now, read carefully – just the text to start with, rather than any study tools printed in your Bible. If you have time, read through for a second time.
Follow this with thinking and praying. Ask questions to help with this:
Reading the Bible by yourself is an excellent thing to do, but it’s even better to encourage one another and learn from each other as we read through the same plan together.
Small group meetings and messaging groups can be great places to do this, and you could arrange something similar with other friends. You can use these contexts to ask for help, to get clarity on what you think God has said or shown you, and to help others as they listen to God too. We all need each other and a group reading God’s word together can experience this powerfully.
We have put together lists of free online resources which introduce each book of the Bible here.
For more help, a good study Bible is the best one-volume resource to get, such as the ESV Study Bible and Global Study Bible, and the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. To go a bit deeper, consider a one-volume Bible commentary such as the New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition or the Africa Bible Commentary
There are many books which help explain what the Bible is and how to read and understand it. These are some of our favourites:
There are lots of helpful organisations online who give good answers to the important questions many people have about trusting the Bible, including the following:
Plenty of excellent books have been written to give you confidence that the Bible really is God’s word to us, such as: