Do you have to read the bible in order?
You’ll eventually want to read the entire Bible. However, if you’re just starting out, and have never read from the Bible before, it’s probably not a good idea to start at the beginning. The reason is that, as a new Christian, the Old Testament can get you mired down with its odd names, lengthy genealogies and unfamiliar weights and measurements.
The entire Old Testament is a foreshadowing of the coming of Jesus Christ. So it’s much better for a new Christian to start by reading Jesus’s arrival. Begin by reading the New Testament first.
Further still, it’s not even necessary to read the New Testament in order. You should, however, start with either Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. From there you might read the book of James, or Hebrews.
Regardless of where in the New Testament you start reading, what’s important is that each time you read from the Bible you begin with prayer. That way God will give you an understanding of what you’re reading.
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45)
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