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25 Bible Reading Tips

Looking for some Bible reading tips? Below you can find 25 of them.

Bible reading tips

In no particular order:

1. Use a Bible reading plan. Here’s some to check out.
2. Read your Bible even when you don’t feel like it.
3. Don’t get down on yourself if you skip a devotional time.
4. Read your Bible with others to learn more in community.
5. Don’t skip devotional Bible reading for Christian books.
6. Use a commentary. Check out this post on how to find the best commentaries.
7. Ask a godly mentor about his or her Bible reading methods.
8. The best way to increase your faith in the Bible is not by reading books about the Bible, but by actually reading the Bible. So read it.
9. Don’t avoid the Old Testament. There’s lots of treasures to be found there.
10. Don’t avoid Revelation — it’s more encouraging than you think.
11. Use a study Bible. I like the ESV Study Bible.
12. Use a Bible reading app.
13. Use your best energy for your Bible reading time.
14. Don’t mistake a desire to read the Bible for actually reading the Bible. Desire is great, but it doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t lead to action.
15. That said, struggle with desire? Pray and ask God for help.
16. If you’ve struggled with Bible reading in 2017, don’t wait until 2018 to start reading. Start today.
17. Meditate on what you read after you read it.
18. Learn from Andy Naselli: listen to your Bible, read one book in one sitting, and read without any chapter or verse references.
19. Pick one book of the Bible and read it over, and over, and over again. You’ll be surprised how much more you see in one book when you read it 10 times as opposed to once.
20. Pray before, during, and after you read. Pray for these things.
21. Don’t become self-righteous because of your Bible knowledge. Your Bible tells you that your Bible knowledge shouldn’t make you self-righteous, but grateful, loving, and humble.
22. Share what you learn about the Bible with others.
23. Read what Augustine, Calvin, Spurgeon, and other dead guys said about the Bible in the past to inspire you in the present.
24. Be sure to practice good interpretation methods to avoid misunderstanding.
25. Never stop reading. As Charles Spurgeon once said, “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the Book widens and deepens with our years.”

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About David Qaoud

David Qaoud (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and founder of gospelrelevance.com. His work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Banner of Truth. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and son. Learn more>