Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. – Billy Sunday
Having a Bible sitting on your coffee table, unopened, collecting dust, won’t ‘magically’ turn you into a Christian, either.
I once heard the late Adrian Rogers use the following story as an illustration about reading the Bible. It went something like this:
Suppose you had a loved one who had moved to another country. The only way you are able to hear from them is through written letters.
However, every time you receive one, you place it on a prominent spot on your fireplace mantel…and then you never even bother to open any of them.
What does this say to you? If you really love someone, wouldn’t you be eager for their words? The Bible is like a letter from God to us.
Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” (John 8:47) NIV
Instead, his delight is in the LORD’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.
(Psalm 1:2) HCSB
For a new believer, it may seem a bit overwhelming at first. Just pick a version that is easier to understand like the New Living Translation or even The Message. I like to make notes and color code passages as I read.
You can purchase Bibles that have the words of Jesus printed in red. And there are even some that are already color coded for you! This makes it easier to find similar verses that are about whatever subject you are looking for.
I just searched around for an example to paste here and found this one. It looks pretty good. Am thinking I would like one myself! The review is by David ‘The Common Sense Christian’ on Youtube:
Just checked on Amazon and they are a bit pricey for leather ones. Less expensive ones are around $28.00…..here is a link to this Bible on Amazon. (No, I’m not selling these & don’t have any connection with them or make any money off of any kind of sale. Just looked it up and put the info here for anyone to check out for themselves.)
Or, you can always just do it yourself. Probably learn and remember a lot more that way. Instead of trying to explain my own way of doing it, I have provided a couple of links below that look really helpful. They provide some good starting guides:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105) ESV
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16,17) BSB
UPDATE: I decided to just continue color-coding my own Bible, but recently purchased The ESV Study Bible in large print. Plan to post a review of it soon…