Q: Where should I start reading the Bible?
A: It is important realize that the Bible is not an ordinary book to read from cover to cover. It is a collection of 66 books written by different authors in several languages. Any first reading of the Bible should begin with the Gospels, in the New Testament. You may start with the gospel of John, the 4th Book of the New Testament. It is simple and clear and introduces you to the essential plan of Salvation. Then you may chose the gospel of Mark, quick and fast-paced. Mark tells us what Jesus did, while John tells us what Jesus said and who Jesus was. Reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) will familiarize you with Christ’s life and ministry.
After, read some of the Epistles (Romans, Ephesians, Philippians). These teach us how to live our lives in a way that is honoring to God. Then you are ready to start reading the Old Testament: read the book of Genesis - it tells us how God created the world and how mankind fell into sin, as well as the impact that fall had on the world. Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy may be hard to read because they get into all the laws God required the Jews to live by. These are perhaps better left for later study. Reading Psalms through Song of Solomon will give you a good feel of Biblical poetry and wisdom. The prophetic books, like Isaiah and Daniel, are great books to read to understand deeper aspects of Christianity and the End Time - the time before Jesus second coming.
Also, below find selections from the Bible on a diversity of topics:
The HOLY BIBLE
contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the
doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy,
its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are
immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it
to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and
comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the
pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter. Here
Paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.[GI]