The Bible

Its books are characterized by type and topic: 

history, the Law, the Prophets, poems and wisdom literature, eyewitness accounts of Jesus (the Gospels), collections of letters, and mind-blowing apocalyptic descriptions of the past, present and future. 

If you are just learning to be a follower of Jesus, we would recommend to start with the 4 Gospels, the 4 accounts of Jesus’ life and teachings found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 

Reading the Bible to ‘get through’ it is not the goal. The purpose of reading the Bible is to KNOW God through His Son Jesus. It’s not about accomplishing two or three chapters a day, it’s about knowing who God is and who we are IN Him. 

How to Meditate - Take a verse or two and focus on the meaning, how it applies to you, how to live it.

Ex. Mark 1:1-3

“This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” - Mark 1: 1-3

Then meditate: This account is about Jesus; His story began as a prophet predicted years before. What did Isaiah predict? That God would send someone before He sent His son to prepare the people for His coming. How does this apply to me? If God knew years before He sent Jesus He was going to send Jesus, what does God know about my life? (a great question to ponder)