Beginners, start here!
If you’re new to the Bible, this class is designed to help you learn the basics, so that you’ll be ready to move on without feeling overwhelmed. Over 90 days, you will read the first four books of the New Testament, which will help you learn about the story of Jesus. We call these four books the “Gospels,” and their names are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They each write about the life and teachings of Jesus from four different perspectives.
This reading plan assigns about one chapter or so per day, and most chapters in the Bible are only about 3-4 pages long. If you miss a day, no worries. Simply keep going where you left off. It takes about 30 days to form a habit, and with some patience you’ll get there. Here are some tips that have worked well for others:
- Pick a consistent time and try to stick to it, so that it becomes part of your daily routine.
- Many people like to start their mornings with the Bible, right after waking up, so that it sets a good tone for the rest of the day.
- Check off the daily boxes on the bookmark (or make your own list) as you go; the visual progress will give you motivation to keep going.
Daily Journaling Plan
- Before you start reading, pray and ask God to give you one word while you read.
- Read slowly, without rushing. If you have time, read the chapter again a second time.
- As you read, circle, underline, or highlight words in your Bible that connect with you.
- Bible reading is not just about using the intellectual part of your mind; the Bible comes alive when you read it with your imagination and the creative part of your mind.
- When you finish reading, write down one word (or type it in your phone) that connected with you. Keep this word with you in your wallet, purse, or pocket, so that it’s with you throughout the day.
- End your time with God by saying a simple prayer for the day ahead.
When you complete the One Word class,
it’s time to move on to the next class!