07 Oct Where to Start in the Bible As New Christians
As a new Christian, you may find yourself stuck on where to start on reading the Bible. We list the books in the Bible that every new Christian should read before reading it entirely.
1. The Book of John
Out of the four gospels in the Bible, this gospel makes it clear that Jesus Christ is not only God (John 1:1-5) but he is the only way, truth, and life (John 14:6). This book is helpful because knowing who Jesus Christ is a big part of being a Christian. In order to start a relationship with Jesus Christ, we must know who he is and what he expects of us. Not knowing the divinity of Jesus Christ, new Christians may fall into believing false doctrines.
2. The Book of Matthew
This gospel is unique from the other gospels because it includes the resurrection of saints after Jesus Christ was crucified. Many of these saints were seen by other people in Jerusalem. This book also contains many parables about the Kingdom of God. This is important for a new Christian because it gives a visual perspective on how the Kingdom of God is like.
3. The Book of Acts
This book is essential to any believer because it shows how the Holy Spirit moves in people’s lives. The story is centered around a former Pharisee named Paul who life was transformed by a supernatural encounter with Jesus Christ. This book also shows an example of how a believer operates when the Holy Spirit moves mightily in their lives.
4. The Book of Genesis
This is the first book in the Bible. This book shows how God created Earth and mankind. It is important to know how we were created and what plan God had for us. This book also shows how mankind fell from the plan of God and different stories of heroic figures as examples of how we should walk with God.
5. The Book of Ephesians
This is a letter from Paul to the church in Ephesus. This letter encourages us as Christians that the battle we face are not natural but spiritual. As a new believer, you will have to be mindful that as Christians we all have invisible enemies who are looking for our destruction. Without knowing this, you might continue to fall into sin without knowing the reason why.
6. The Book of Colossians
This is a letter from Paul to the church in Colossae. Paul wrote to this church on how we as believers are dead in our transgressions and alive in Christ. This is important because once you believe in Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will have to start a process on transformation. This transformation is putting away your old habits and gain new habits that shows that you’re not part of this world anymore but an ambassador of Christ.
7. The Book of Thessalonians
This is two letters from Paul and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians. These letters emphasize to live a life pleasing God including abstaining from evil, rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, and not quenching the Holy Spirit. Paul also mentions the second coming of Christ, the rapture, and the man of lawlessness (Antichrist) who will perform false signs and wonders. This is important to know this because as Christians we need to be prepare for Christ’s second coming.
8. The Book of Proverbs
The book contains phrases of wisdom by King Solomon, the man who God gave wisdom to rule Israel. Many phrases describe the difference between a prudent and foolish person. This book also emphasizes the value of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. In order for us as Christians to progress, we need to ask God for wisdom to get through life challenges.