The Bible is a big book, there’s no doubt about it. It’s composed if 66 individual books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. It was written over the course of about 1,500 years by over 40 different authors in three separate languages, but all authors were God inspired. It’s the best-selling book in the world, in fact it’s in the Guinness Book of World Records having sold an estimated 5 to 7 billion copies. That being said, here are the top 10 things I feel are important for new Christians to know about the Bible:

  1. The Bible is God’s Word: Even though the Bible was written by the hands of men, it is God inspired and its words offer guidance for our lives.
  2. Living a life of faith: Being a Christian is more than just intellect, and the Bible teaches us about reflecting God’s character in the world through our faith in Christ.
  3. The Bible is about Jesus: Christ is the central figure of the Bible, both in the Old Testament through prophesies and in the New Testament which is about Jesus’ life, teachings, death, and resurrection. Jesus is essential to understanding the Bible’s message.
  4. The Bible is a combination of writing styles: Within the pages of scripture you will find epistles (letters), genealogy, historical narratives, law or statutes, parables, poetry, prophecy, proverbial (proverbs or wisdom), as well as apocalyptical literature.
  5. The Bible tells a grand story: From the creation of the universe to redemption, the Bible provides a sweeping story of God’s relationship with humanity. Understanding this overarching narrative will help us connect seemingly unconnected parts and discover the unity within the pages.
  6. Salvation is by grace through faith: The Bible emphasizes humanity’s need for redemption from sin and God’s undeserved grace as the sole means of salvation, received through faith in Jesus.
  7. The Holy Spirit is active: The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit is God’s active presence in the world and within believers providing guidance, empowering us, and comforting us. Recognizing the Spirit’s role will deepen our own personal faith and understanding.
  8. The Bible calls for love and justice: From the Ten Commandments to Jesus’ teaching, the Bible consistently emphasizes love for God and neighbor, as well as the pursuit of justice for the marginalized and oppressed. It’s important to understand these principles and how important it is to apply them to our own Christian lives.
  9. Continued Growth and Transformation: The Bible encourages us to continue learning and growing spiritually which leads to transformation as we seek to become more Christ like. The Christian faith is a journey, not a destination, we are never done growing closer to Christ and His behaviors.
  10. The Bible is a living document: The Bible’s message remains relevant and applicable across time and cultures. Engaging with the Bible allows its teachings to inform you life and your actions.