How do I read the Bible?

We believe that God speaks to us through the Bible in a way that is personal and transformative.

However, the Bible is a big book and can be a bit daunting.

Where do you start reading?  What about bits that are hard to understand?

One thing we would suggest if you are looking to start reading the bible is that you get a modern translation so that you are not faced with lots of Thees and Thous.  The version that we use at Dunfermline East is the NIV and you can access it (along with a whole load of other versions) for free online at

If you would like a paper copy then you can buy one HERE.

For those who are starting to read the Bible for the first time it is probably best to start with one of the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke or John – which are right at the beginning of the New Testament.  It is there that we come face to face with Jesus.

We would also suggest that you use some Bible Reading notes which give a short bible passage for each day along with an explanation of what the passage means and how it applies to our lives.

There are a wide selection of online bible reading notes/resources that you can have a look at and here are some of them. The best thing to do is to have a look and see what suits you:

The Bible with Nicky and Pippa Gumbel (Formerly known as Bible in One Year)  takes you through the bible over the course of a year along with relevant commentary provided by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel (Alpha Course).  You can sign up to receive daily emails and there is a good app as well.  There are “classic”, “student” and “express” options available.

Every Day with Jesus are launching a new app on 1st Jan 2024 that makes this resource freely available.  Each day there is a bible passage and a brief explanation of how it applies to our lives today.

Dwell is an app for those who are more into listening rather than reading and helps you listen to the Bible on your dog walk, run, or commute to work. There are a variety of bible listening plans that you can sign up for.

Lectio 365 is a daily devotional resource, from 24/7 prayer, that helps you pray the Bible every day

Lectio for families is a free devotional app that helps families to read the Bible and explore faith through conversation and prayer together.

Scripture Union have a variety of different guides that suit different folks and different ages.  There are print options available as well apps.

Open up the Bible have a wide range of different guides – including a bible reading app -for all ages to help you get into the Bible.

There are a variety of bible reading plans at bible gateway or and they have apps that you can download.

The Bible app for kids is also a great resource for young children.

The Bible Project provides helpful background information about the books of the Bible through short entertaining videos as well as a whole load of other stuff.

Another great way of getting into the Bible is by joining a Home Group where folks get together to study the Bible together – these are taking place online at the moment and no prior knowledge is required or expected.

If you would like to find out more about reading the Bible or about the Christian faith then please contact us.

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