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What is the Bible?

"All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.
It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)

The Bible (also referred to as the "Word of God") is make up of 66 books split into two sections, the Old Testament (39 books) and New Testament (27 books). It serves as a guide explaining how to live, it reveals God's promise to mankind, and it shows God's unconditional love for humanity, among other things.  The Bible was penned by men but inspired by God.

Why read the Bible?

"But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says.  Otherwise, you are only
fooling yourselves.  For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your
face in a mirror.  You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you look carefully into the perfect
law that sets you free, and if you do what is says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it." James 1:22-25 (NLT)

"Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  Though
the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against the house, it won't   
collapse because it is built on bedrock." Matthew 7:24-25

God's Word reveals God's plan.  You won't know His plan for your life or for humanity unless you read His word.  Also,
it's important to read the Bible daily to understand God's promises so you can stand firm when the storms of life comes your way.  In addition, you shoud read the Bible because it has the answer for the situation you are facing now.  Lastly,
the most important thing to remember about the Bible is that we must do what it says (it wasn't written as a suggestion).  God will bless you for doing what He instructed you to do.

How do I read the Bible?

The easiest way to begin reading the Bible is to just start!  First, find a Bible translation that's easy for you to read such as the New International Version (NIV) or New Living Translation (NLT).  Second, get a Bible (we have free Bibles availabe at ntc) or view the Bible online at websites like www.biblegateway.com or you can download the YouVersion app.  Third, you can begin reading a few verses each day from the New Testament (which starts with the book of Matthew) or follow a Bible reading plan such as the one listed below.

Beginner
Bible reading guide
6-month
Bible reading guide
12-month
Bible reading guide