f you are looking to read the bible, I recommend that you start with the shortest books. A lot of people tell me that it's overwhelming when they see all 66 books of the bible and don't know where to begin. My advice is simple: start at the beginning and read 3 John first! Following this method will help you understand each book better, because there is a story arc from Genesis through Revelation that ties everything together.

What is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, divided into two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament tells the story of God's people from creation until Jesus was born; it includes many stories about prophets and kings who lived before Jesus came to earth. The New Testament tells how Jesus lived on earth, died for our sins, and rose again so we could be forgiven for our sins if we believe in Him as Lord and Savior.


Picture of one of my Bible's that I go through every year.

What is the Shortest Book in the Bible?

The book of 3 John is the shortest book in the bible, containing only 15 verses. It is a letter written by the apostle John to Gaius, who was a friend of his. This letter was probably written sometime between AD 90 and 96. The word "truth" is mentioned only six times. Giaus is celebrated for his commitment to service. While at the same time, John rebukes the actions of Diotrephes (a church member who is causing issues).

What is the Second Shortest Book in the Bible?

  • John wrote the book.
  • The letter is only one chapter long, making it the second shortest book in the Bible.
  • It was written in AD 95.

What is the Third Shortest Book in the Bible?

Philemon is a letter written by the apostle Paul to Philemon, a Christian in Colossae. It is the third shortest book in the Bible, containing only one chapter. Philemon was written as an appeal for mercy on behalf of Onesimus (the slave) who had run away from his master Philemon but later returned with Paul's help.

Best Practices to Read the Bible

The most important thing to remember when reading the Bible is that you should read it in its entirety. It's easy to get caught up in one particular passage or book, but we must keep our focus on reading through the entire Bible so that we can gain an understanding of its message as a whole.

Reading with a commentary will also help you understand what certain passages mean and how they fit into God's plan for us. The best way to do this is by reading with friends who have different perspectives than yours so that you can have discussions about them afterwards!

If you are interested in learning more on a certain topic, it's important to get a well rounded understanding on key scriptures. Take learning about faith, for example. I have provided some of my favorite verses on faith here. I would also recommended reading passages of scripture in context, however - it is also very important to understand the full breadth of a certain topic. Creating a large list of scriptures really helps understand the full dynamic of a particular subject.

Another great practice is taking part in a bible study group; whether online or face-to-face (or both), these groups provide additional insight into Scripture while allowing us time away from our busy lives at home/work etc., which makes it easier for us all stay motivated throughout our journey together."


Feb 11, 2023

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