How To Use Your Bible

 If you are not sure how to look up books, chapters, and verses in your Bible, please read on!


The Old Testament has 39 books starting with the book of Genesis through the book of Malachi.


The New Testament has 27 books starting with the book of Matthew and ending with Revelation.

Unlike other books, you do not have to start at the first book of the Bible and read from the beginning to the end. I would highly suggest that you start with the New Testament and first read the whole New Testament before you start in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is also very important, but for new Christians, the New Testament is a good place to start.

 The New Testament Books

1). Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - are called the Gospels and they are on the life of Jesus Christ. It is important to start reading one of these books first.
2). Acts - is about how the early church got started and how the good news of Jesus Christ was shared with others.
3). Romans through Jude - are called the Epistles and teach us how to obey Jesus Christ and what we are in Him.
4). Revelation - the last book of the Bible is about things and events that will happen in the future.

If you are asked to turn to John 14:6 for example:
Find the book of John (In the New Testament).
Second: Look for Chapter 14 in the book of John (large numbers).
Third: After you find John 14 look for verse 6 (small numbers).

When you have found it,it should read close to the following:
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

For more practice try looking up Revelation 3:20
When you have found it, it should read close to the following:
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

You will be greatly blessed as you read and study God's Word. Ask God to help you understand His word and give you knowledge, wisdom, and revelation of Him. He will be faithful to help you understand His Word when you seek Him with all your heart.

   "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (Timothy 2:15).

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