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Where would you tell a new beginner Bible reader to start reading in the Bible, and why? I suggested that they start reading in St John, but another person said that the book of John was too advanced for a beginner. What do you think?

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Steven, of course, the old testament writers were also guide by the Spirit to write what God wanted them to write. Even the lies of satan are written down, so that we know that they were lies. Even the emotion's of the writers are written down, like the writers of Psa, who were going through persecution, and most of all Job.
When the serpent spoke to Eve, he lied to her by deceiving her, that is also written so that when we read the passages, we understand that it is easy for anyone to fall for a lie. To be aware of our surroundings, know that he is around even if we do not see him. Every Word of God is useful for all those that believe in His Word.
---MarkV. on 9/15/10

MarkV: "...promised to send the Holy Spirit to teach them, and guide them, and recall to their minds all that He had told them during His earthly ministry (John 14:26, 16:13). Part of the Spirits guidance pertained to the writing of the 27 books that compose the New Testament."

The Holy Spirit was also given to the godly men in the Old Testament.
---Steveng on 9/14/10

michael_e: "Rom 16:25 says something new was revealed to Paul "

Many things were also reveled to the old prophets.
---Steveng on 9/14/10

//Jesus and the apostles were reading and preaching from the Old Testament scriptures.
---Steveng on 9/13/10//
Jesus and the 12 read OT, couldn't agree more, they were under Law.( Rom. 15:8)

Rom 16:25 says something new was revealed to Paul
---michael_e on 9/14/10

Steven, if they were preaching the Old Testament, how did the new Testament come to be? If that was the case then we would only have the Old Testament today. No Steven, they were preaching what the New Testament came to be. As they saw, they wrote. When Jesus was getting ready to leave the Apostles, He gave them the very words the Father had given Him (John 17:8) and promised to send the Holy Spirit to teach them, and guide them, and recall to their minds all that He had told them during His earthly ministry (John 14:26, 16:13). Part of the Spirits guidance pertained to the writing of the 27 books that compose the New Testament.
---MarkV. on 9/14/10

Before we can know what Christ has done for us, we need to know why he needed to come in the first place. Thats why the law is so important, it convicts us. We can not be pardoned until we have been convicted. The old testament is important for its reflection of just how in need of a savior we are. GOD made a beginning,perhaps thats where we should start. Without a firm grasp of who GOD is and what he made, our understanding of his power and greatness can never fully develope.
---Jeff on 9/13/10

michael_e: "What God revealed to our apostle Paul by the ascended Christ"

MarkV: "[Jesus] was preaching the New Testament."

What scriptures do you suppose the Bereans searched through? What scriptures did Jesus read from in the temple when, afterwards, he said, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

Jesus saith, "Did ye never read in the scriptures..?"

Jesus answered, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God."

Luke 24:45
John 5:39
John 7:42
John 10:35
Acts 17:2
Romans 1:2
Romans 4:3
Romans 16:26
Galatians 3:8

Jesus and the apostles were reading and preaching from the Old Testament scriptures.
---Steveng on 9/13/10

//what did the early church study from?//

What God revealed to our apostle Paul by the ascended Christ

Eph.3:3 Rom 16:25 plus many more
---michael_e on 9/13/10

Steven, what do you think Jesus was preaching? He was preaching the New Testament. When He came He came to fulfill all that was written about Him in Scripture. For many years the apostles taught the church all that God was revealing to them. The Holy Spirit guided the apostles to record God's will. Jesus introduced the New Testament as He taught His disciples what to say and what to do. Things that were not in the Old Testament. When the disciples spoke, they did not speak about the Old Testament but what was to become the New Testament. Sure they quoted from the Old Testament, but only to show the people what was prophecied to prove the New reveal Truths.
---MarkV. on 9/13/10

Would you begin a novel at chapter ten? Of course not.

The New Testament wouldn't mean a thing without a solid foundation in the Old Testament. Reading the bible from the beginning lays a solid foundation in the christian life.

When finished with the entire bible, a person will know the difference between false prophets and true prophets, between false teachers and true teachers.
All denominational churches pick and choose what verses to teach, never getting into the heart of the bible.

Besides, the New Testament didn't exist for a long time after Christ's ascension, so what did the early church study from?
---Steveng on 9/12/10

I would have to recommend what God put me in, first. The Old Testament. I just skipped around to find the most exciting Scriptures kept my interest to a feverish pitch. The stronger the Scriptures the more in heaven I was. Could hardly put the book down. Before long I was taking notes. I got to the point that along with my Bible I had to grab a pen and paper.
---catherine on 9/12/10

start in Rom. chapters 1 thru 5 to see where you are at the present time
---michael_e on 9/11/10

Learning the "depths of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10) can only be done by first reading the INTRODUCTORY doctrine of Jesus (Hebrews 6:1, "word of TRUTH", 2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 1:13, John 14:6) and then moving on to the "sword of the spirit" (Ephesians 6:17).

The understanding of how important objective/absolute truth is can be found in 2Thessalonians 2:10 ("...because they refused to love the truth...") and understanding that God had Pilate ask "What is truth?", John 18:38) referring to humanity's preference for SUBJECTIVE/biased truth. Humanity has always chosen biased truth and rejected absolute truth (the reason for the "strong delusion" that has always misled multitudes).
---more_excellent_way on 7/8/08

I think the best place to start is 1 Corinthians chapter 13 (the "LOVE chapter", God is LOVE). It shows that there is a "more excellent" (1 Corinthians 12:31) devotion available to the individual Christian (it is a PERSONAL choice to base the PERSONAL relationship to Jesus on love instead of only faith, verse 13).

Living water baptism (the water that flowed from Christ's side at the cross (John chap. 4, John 7:38, Revelation 7:16) is necessary to "enter by the door" (John 10:1) and have the conscience purified also (Hebrews 9:14).
---more_excellent_way on 7/8/08

At the beginning, Genesis. As they go along through the Bible they will be able to see the connections. The whole Bible as the Story of Mankind's Salvation. God is Faithful to the end.
---Nicole on 7/7/08

Barbara..I think your advise was right one. The third chapter of John is an excellent place for a new Christian to read. I can't imagine an easier book to read than John. At least you didn't tell him to start in Revelations! LOL!!!
---Susie on 7/7/08

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Barb: I doubt there's really 'a set answer' for that; it'd be like saying all Christians must witness the same way! I would prob. recommend Matthew and HEBREWS to an Orthodox Jew; though not necessarily always. 'Mark' may be shorter, but 'John' has more to say about our salvation in Christ and His Deity; thus, I think most new Christians can identify more with its content! Other than learning WHO GOD IS (per Lisa), new Believers should be given basic summaries of salvation and all Scripture's contents.
---danie9374 on 1/17/07

WHEN I was saved six half years ago, JESUS STARTED me out in the OLD TEST. JEREMIAH WAS A BIGGIE. DO NOT LET anyone tell you what to do . ASK GOD,HE is here to help you. A VERY GREAT COUNCELOR TOO.
---CATHERINE on 1/17/07

Barbara, I want to suggest something different then what has been mentioned. I understand many books are so great to start but what makes many of the books sometimes difficult is when God is mentioned and a new believer has no idea who God is to began with. I found it very helpful to first find out who God is. What I mean is that when we have a view of God first, His Omnipotence, His Omniscience, His nature, His character, we can understand all the passages a lot better.
---lisa on 1/17/07

2. What I have been doing is when new Christian come to me, I give them the all material I have on God first. You can find that in many books that teach the Attributes, Nature, and character of God. They give you explicit passages as to who God is and once you have those planted in your heart, and you began to read Scripture you can understand the passages better because you know who God is and if the passage implies something different you will know right away, you might have the wrong interpretation.
---lisa on 1/17/07

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3. Without knowing who God is, as a new believer you can go wrong real easy. Many passages are hard to understand because of the culture, time, to whom was the passage speaking to, so having the whole concept of God, directs you in the right direction when you notice someone teaching something against the attributes, nature and character of God. I had a problem when I started only because I didn't really know the attributes of God and had many passages wrong.
---lisa on 1/17/07

4. God never goes against any of His attributes, or His nature. In reading Scripture sometimes it seems to imply the passage does, so we have to be careful that the passages don't contradict each other. I recommend getting material on God from many great man that God has gifted to help the believer in his walk. Just a suggestion. Whatever decision you try, it will be for the glory of God and it will be right.
---lisa on 1/17/07

Barbara, I don't recommend you start reading in the Old Testatment first because I believe it's important for you to know JESUS FIRST!!! And what He did for you on the Cross and how he tells you to live. If you start in the Old Test. you will get bored when you reach Leviticus (even though I enjoyed it, it's a book of laws, etc.,) and 1st and 2nd Chronicles can get tedious too. I was saved for quite a few years and studied the NT first. It encouraged me, it told me who I was in Christ Jesus, etc.,
---Donna9759 on 1/17/07

I always say if I had one book of the bible to share with people it would be Romans. Romans is like the Magna Carta of the bible. Pay special attention to chapter 8. I agree with your friend John has an abundance of spiritual meat that may be confusing to a young Christian who needs milk. I say Romans 1st, James 2nd then the Corinthian letters and the gospels.
---Ryan on 1/16/07

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My bible (especially the gospels) has so many notes on the side of the pages, I might need a new bible so I can write more notes! But I just loooove this one!
---Pat on 1/16/07

the book of John is the simplest book to read if you don't understand keep reading and ask GOD to help you understand. when you finished read acts then romans.
---willow on 1/16/07

It may be a good idea for a beginner to start with Mark so s/he'll get to know more about Christ's life since Mark concentrates more on stories.

Once s/he knows what Christ did, than s/he can explore more about what Christ taught.
---Caring on 1/16/07

Every book that I have ever read would be from front to back. Start in the Old Testament and read to the New Testament.
---anonymous on 1/16/07

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Start reading the New Testament starting with Matthew. Jesus teaches how to live, what to do, etc., Then move onto the Epistles, of course don't skip Acts and Romans. Make notes in a copybook. Things will stand out to you, you might want to write a scripture down that encourages you, etc., Then find out who you are in Christ Jesus. Then spend lots of time in prayer and fellowship with God, talking, worshipping Him, etc.,
---Donna9759 on 1/16/07

I would recommend reading the Gospel according to St. Mark first.

It's shorter, and will give the events in chronological order, which John does not always do.

This will provide a better framework to understand John.

THEN read the other two Synoptics.
---Jack on 1/16/07

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