One of the most common questions Christians ask is, “How do I read the Bible and understand it?”

It’s one of the most important questions you can ask as a Christian. In the book of Luke 4, Jesus says, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The Psalmist says that the one who delights in it, “is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” 

The Bible nourishes us, feeds us, and keeps us vital and alive because it is the primary way God speaks to us. We like to say at Salem Chapel, “When God’s Word is open, His mouth is open.” 

The average American household owns 4.4 Bibles, but only 19% of adults engage with the Bible on a regular basis outside of Sunday mornings (April, 2014 Barna study). I can’t help but wonder if the primary reason Christians don’t read the Bible is because they don’t feel equipped to read it well. So let’s see if we can break it down and simplify the process.