What is the Bible?
The Bible isn’t one book. It’s a collection of books, written over a period of thousands of years, by multiple authors, to various audiences. One of the most important things to understand is that the Bible contains different literary genres.
Once you’re ready to study the Bible a little deeper, a great resource is How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.
How to Look up Scripture
The Bible is divided into “Testaments”, books, chapters, and verses.
Example: John 3:16
First, flip to the book of John in the New Testament.
Next, look for chapter 3. The chapters are usually large, bold numbers at the start of a paragraph.
Skim through chapter 3 until you find verse 16. The verse numbers are small and printed within the text.
For each day, I’ve provided links to two Bible translations, NIV and ESV, because I’m most familiar with those translations. For someone who is new to the Bible, I recommend the NIV translation. It’s easier to read than some of the other translations. While I enjoy the KJV’s beautiful language, I do not recommend using it if you aren’t already familiar with what a scripture passage says. It’s easy to misunderstand what you’re reading with the KJV’s archaic language.
Structure of the Reading Plan
I have broken the reading plan into several short readings over a 30-day period. You can follow the plan one day at a time or read straight through it.
Under each scripture reference, the genre is listed along with an explanation of any terms that someone new to the Bible likely wouldn’t know. I also give a brief biography of people who are mentioned in that passage if it would be helpful.
I chose these readings specifically because I feel they are the most important scriptures for someone who is new to the Bible. At the end of each section, I explain why that passage is important.