I was thinking about which book to start with and thought it would be Genesis. I realize that most people that are going to read their Bibles begin at the beginning and try and read it through. But if you are anything like me, you don’t make it very far. The same could be said for the Gospels. I’ve read the four Gospels so many times because I go into it with good intentions, but for some reason, I never could finish through John. I also know how important a sense of accomplishment is for our desire to continue something. So I am starting with the first book I did. Philippians. I attended the Enjoy God’s Word Conference by Katie Orr, and her keynote messages were on Philippians. I felt like it was a good time to read the book before going into the messages. I also did the summer study she had through Facebook. According to Crossway, it takes 14 minutes to read the four chapters in Philippians.
Just a reminder, it’s best to let scripture interpret scripture. I like these resources because they help me better understand scripture, but I may not agree with everything they say. As in all things, pray and invite God to help you in your time of reading and studying. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and use discernment when using resources outside of the Bible itself. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)
Here are some additional resources I recommend looking into after you read Philippians through on your own:
One of the first resources I found a couple of years ago, The Bible Project, provides visuals for each book of the Bible. They have playlists on so many topics, including How to Read the Bible, Word Studies, and themes.
I found the Inductive Bible Study method on Pinterest, and my research led me to Kay Arthur. The videos are a little aged, but the information is still excellent. Art Journaling in the Bible is all the rave nowadays, but as someone with no artistic bone in my body, I enjoy the simplicity of the symbols she uses.
Philippians/Count It All Joy Kay Arthur Study (I can’t embed the videos but here is a link to all of them)
BibleTalk.TV is another source that goes deeper into each book of the Bible, verse by verse. Mike Mazzalongo is easy to understand in his descriptions yet detailed enough to be an accurate deep-dive study for beginners.
Leave me a comment below if you have taken the 14 minutes to read Philippians. Do you know any other great resources for this book? Leave them below!
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