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Krisha July 21, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Hello Mr. Jack,
I have a question. I have recently gave my life back over to Christ. I will be using the list of books to start with in my journey in becoming closer to Christ. Thank you for this article. Anyway my question… My husband & I have been married for 7 years now. I love him with all my heart & truly believe that God put him in my path. Don’t get me wrong we have had our troubles but we always come through I know with God in the center of our marriage things would be even better. I also understand that the devil tempts the ones that are trying to walk the path God laid out for them but at the same time where two or more are joined in his name He will be there. I was raised in the Assembly of God churches & my husband was raised Baptist. I believe in everything the Bible states for instance; speaking in tongues, dancing & being filled with the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t. I pray every day that he will open his heart & let all of God in not just parts. My question is with that being said does that make him & I unequally yoked? And if your answer is yes then what can I do if anything? I am already praying about it & I am soon to fix up an extra closet in our house for a pray room or what I like to call my war room.
Thank you in advance for your reply.
May God bless you in abundance.

Jack Wellman July 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Am so very sorry for your heartache here Krisha. If you are unequally yoked, there is still nothing you can do about it. Only adultery is the reason you can divorce him. Just because you go to different churches has nothing to do with being unequally yoked. That is about a Christian and a non-believer being married. That’s what being unequally yoked means. To me, he doesn’t show much evidence of being saved. I would read 1st John chapter 3 to see why I say that. Whether you are unequally yoked or not, if there is no biblical reasons for a divorce, such as ongoing, unrepentant adultery, you must stay together. I will pray with you my friend for that is all but that is the most you and I can do. I wish I could have been more help.

Krisha July 21, 2015 at 11:08 pm

Thank you for your response. There is no adultery by no means, thank God. He does go to church with me so I can only pray that sometime soon a seed will be planted & flourish into a beautiful relationship between him & God. Thank you for your prayers for us.
Again may God bless you & yours,

Jack Wellman July 22, 2015 at 8:39 am

Amen…I will pray for God’s seed, in the form of the Holy Sprit, to take root and create in him a new man in Jesus Christ.

diane h newman April 3, 2018 at 8:07 am

Hi Krisha, I would not say you are unequally yoked with the information you have given here. It seems to me that he has not grown in faith like you have and does not thirst to be closer. You are doing the right thing. Continue to pray for him and live for the Lord . Pastor Dr. Diane Newman_Frye

Alice November 6, 2018 at 9:02 am

My husband and I married before we were saved. I have been in the same situation you have been in once I was saved. I have been praying for my husband 30 plus years to know Jesus has deeply as I do. Yes divorce was an option several time and I knew who wanted that…the Satan… I am greatful and praise God my husband has been a going to church with me for the last 5 months and he is very involved . I will be praying for you and your husband.

Krisha July 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Hello Mr. Jack,
First of all if you get this twice please forgive me my laptop died.
I have a question. I have recently gave my life back over to Christ. I will be using the list of books to start with in my journey in becoming closer to Christ. Thank you for this article. Anyway my question… My husband & I have been married for 7 years now. I love him with all my heart & truly believe that God put him in my path. Don’t get me wrong we have had our troubles but we always come through I know with God in the center of our marriage things would be even better. I also understand that the devil tempts the ones that are trying to walk the path God laid out for them but at the same time where two or more are joined in his name He will be there. I was raised in the Assembly of God churches & my husband was raised Baptist. I believe in everything the Bible states for instance; speaking in tongues, dancing & being filled with the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t. I pray every day that he will open his heart & let all of God in not just parts. My question is with that being said does that make him & I unequally yoked? And if your answer is yes then what can I do if anything? I am already praying about it & I am soon to fix up an extra closet in our house for a pray room or what I like to call my war room.
Thank you in advance for your reply.
May God bless you in abundance.

Mary August 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

Hello Mr. Jack. I need your help please. My husband and I are married just for for 3 months now . But he is filing the annulment because of the crime that i never did. I am filipina married to American citizen. We got married here in the Philippines . He always accused me being a whore and screwing somebody here. He is back now in the US to work and I am here in the Philippines . We met online. So the problem is he don’t trust me. Even if he don’t have any proof that i am cheating on him. I love my husband so much and my vows i made at the wedding are true and sincere. He is self righteous and judgmental. don’t talk to me anymore now, his last email to me was just saying the marriage is finished and will be annulled as soon possible. God knows that i am not cheating on him. I gave up everything for him. Please pray for me and my husband who is closed minded and hard hearted. He said doesn’t want anything bullshit about . He said he is a Christian but why he is so judgmental and no mercy. God knows i am devoted and faithful to my husband. I value him and my marriage more than my life. Please help me what to do. I am so crushed and devastated. I can’t function anymore now. I am so lost. I keep on praying to God for our marriage to be saved. I believe that God is powerful and He is the One that brought us be married and one. So help me God. Thank you so much for reading my story. God bless you and your family .

Jack Wellman August 10, 2015 at 8:54 am

I am so sorry Mary. Yes, I will pray for you. Jesus said that you will know them by their fruits and by our love for one another (John 17?) and if you read the fruits of the flesh (the unsaved) and the saved in Eph 5 and Gal 5 and read 1st John chapter 3 this man does not sound saved at all. Many will profess to be a Christian but find out that Jesus tells them “Depart from me for I never knew you” (Matt 7:21-23) so this man needs to be saved. I will pray and I am sorry for such heartache for you.

Michael Smith November 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I agree with your choice of John for the first Gopel to read.
John was an eyewitness to Jesus and his Gospel is one that paints a picture of the world against the Spirit, light vs darkness. These are things I think the new believer can quickly relate to. During these times of trouble and confusion it will be easier for them to see the steadfastness of God and clear choices of right and wrong.

The second book is Acts because it is entertains and fast paced. Here the new Christian will experience the power of God in the world.

Next I would pick the First Letter of John because the writer reinforces the love that God has for the Christian and again the either or choices the Christian has to make. There is his or her old life or the New Life in Christ.

Finally as part of the new Christian’s introduction I would pick the Book of Romans for grounding Christian Doctrine. It’s tough reading but the new Christian comes through with a good sense of the difference between law and Grace. It may take two or three readings but Paul lets the reader understand the difference between saved and unsaved as well as the beliefs one has to hold on to in order to be a Christian.

Genesis is a nice follow up if the new Christian is looking for something to understand the origins of the universe and the over arching plan of God and His dealings with man.

Thanks for letting me add my two cents worth. May God bless you in all your work.

Nomsa January 13, 2016 at 3:12 am

hello Mr Jack, I am a bit confused about my relationship with the guy I am dating an God. the thing is I am not married and I’ve been seeing this guy for eight years now. he is the Muslim guy and I am a Christian, I decided to go back to church and find peace because the life I am leaving is too heavy for me. the problem is now an then when I pray and ask God to remove what he don’t like in me, me and my boyfriend we fight to break up, then in my heart I believe that is what God don’t want in me since we are not married. time will go by then I start not balancing financially, then I will call on God to help me get through it, out of the blue my boyfriend will be there to assist. I don’t really know if it is God who is sending him back or what. it is really confusing, I don’t know what to do I really love this man and I also want to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. I don’t want him to change me to become a Muslim also.that is why I refused to marry him because I don’t want him to change me. please pray for me and him to find our way in to the Lord’s house so we can also be together without me feeling a guilt.

thank you for letting me comment.

Online Christian Magazine February 25, 2016 at 5:35 am

Great stuff. So mush to look into it. Thanks for the share.

Greg March 31, 2016 at 11:08 pm

Hello Mr Jack,

I have always believed in God and Jesus Christ and I have been putting off my relationship with Him. I finally have got my Bible (NIV) and have been going to church regularly. I am going to start reading the Bible from what you suggested to begin with. Thank you for this article sir. I do have one question though… How do I get my wife to have as much interest in the Lord as I do? Her mother and father and I seem to be more involved and I want to share scripture and how in pertains to our daily life. More so I want this to be something I can share with my 13 month daughter as she grows up. I look forward to your response.

God bless

Jack Wellman April 1, 2016 at 8:26 am

Hello Greg. I am glad you have connected back with God. As for your wife, all you can do is love her and be an example of a godly husband. If you push her to go to church, it might push her away. The Spirit of God reveals the things of God so trust God, pray for His Spirit to work in her and just leave the results up to Him. If you start making her listen to your Scripture reading, it may feel like you’re preaching to her since the Word of God cuts to the heart (Heb 4:12). You must trust God for He alone saves.

Isaac Gatorwu April 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

Please Michael Smith, is that Michael W. Smith the Gospel Musician???

Kotina Huto June 29, 2016 at 7:21 am

Thank you for giving me a starting place on reading the bible. My question to you is I also want to learn scriptures and learn how to meditate on the word. Do you have any suggestions on how I can begin to meditate on the word and where should I start with that? Thank you in advance for your help.

Kind regards,

Jack Wellman June 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Hello Kotina. We have written an article called, How to Meditate on God’s Word at this link and this should help you. Than you for your comment.

Rebekka Shakondjove August 8, 2016 at 3:44 am

I would love to get closer to God and know where and how to start reading the bible. and to also understand what I am reading.

Nicola dalby August 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Do we have to read the New Testament? What is the differance

Jack Wellman August 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

The New Testament is about the forgiveness of sins through Jesus death on the cross. This is where the Old Testament is fulfilled in Christ. Do you not believe in the New Testament? Why don’t you want to read the New Testament too?

Susan October 2, 2016 at 1:08 am

Hi Mr. Jack
Thank you for your input on where to start reading the bible. I have been meaning to start for a while now but I was confused as to where to begin. I promised GOD that I would start when I had my baby and now that I have the most beautiful blessing, I owe it to him that I become more knowledgeable of our LORDS word so that I may teach my son about how amazing is our GOD. I do have a question. My sons father and I have been together for close to four years now. We are not married. He introduced me to a Christian church and even though I was already a believer I have never felt more at home and comfortable anywhere else then I do at this church. I love it! Only thing is that he and I have so many problems he has cheated on me in the past, twice of which I’m aware but I think there might be more. He says he loves me but I’m at a point that I do not believe it. I know most people think I may be dumb for having stayed this long in this relationship. But aside from all the things he’s done he is a good person with a good heart. He is extremely weak though and sometimes doesn’t think before he acts. The thing is I want my family to stay together. I have been praying for us to overcome this but it’s so difficult sometimes. I can’t seem to let things go and I lash out on him and in turn he continues to do things that make me think he is cheating again. Only GOD can judge him and I ask GOD have mercy on him and on our family. I don’t want to raise my son alone. I came from a single parent home and I don’t want that for my son. I wonder if GOD wants us to be together? Sometimes I think he does but other times I feel like he’s is telling me to walk away. Should a couple stay together if GOD gave them a child even if they aren’t married?. My dream is that one day he will let GOD in his heart completely and let GOD guide him. So that one day we wil be married and raise out precious little boy together with GOD in our lives if that is in my LORDS will of course.
May GOD continue to bless you and yours and may he continue to help you help us with your knowledge
Thank you

Connie November 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm

I’ve been confused for most of my life. I’ve always believed in God and that Jesus is the Son of God born of a virgin. I believe that He died for my sins and rose on the third day. And that He ascended to be with the Father. So where is my confusion? When I was a child my sister kept telling me that if I didn’t go forward I would go to hell. I did that. Then she said that if I didn’t get baptized I would go to hell. I did that. Then as an adult I came under conviction and realized I never was saved. I made it right. Then people were happy for me and left it at that. Now I’m desperate to learn all about the Lord and don’t know hot to go about it. I feel as though I’m living a phony life. People will ask me to pray because they believe I’m a “strong” woman of faith. Why do people feel that you suddenly know it all once you get saved? I don’t know how to study my Bible. No one has ever taught me. I don’t really know how to pray. I give advice when people ask for it and fail to tell them to go to the Bible where all the answers are. Mainly because I don’t know how to find answers there myself.

Jack Wellman November 23, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Thank you Connie. No one is saved by going forward or filling out a decision card. Jesus preached a gospel of repentance and faith (Mark 1:15). A person is saved when they come to repentance for their sins and are turned away from that and turned toward God, but God alone grants this ability to repent, and then you put your trust in Christ because all who believe in Him will be saved. The word “believe” in the Greek is an ongoing, active belief that results in walking with God. If someone has doubts, read 1st John chapter 3. This might some if they truly are or are not saved. I would also find a church and speak with the pastor about this right away. Don’t delay. This is very important. Here is an article on how to pray that might help you. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2014/06/23/how-did-jesus-pray-according-to-the-bible/

Sandra December 14, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Thanks you

Julia Antonie December 26, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Hello Mr Jack. My name is Julia Antonie and recently I have had the urge to get to know the Lord more and more.. Which is why I looked up on where to start in the bible. I will take your advice to start to read the Gospel of John. Although I do ask that you please pray for me and ask the Lord to open up my heart and mind to understand and love for the word of God. Thank you, have a great day and a Merry Christmas.

Jack Wellman December 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Hello Julia. What a joy to hear from you…and yes, I will pray for you for certain. I will pray just what you ask for and may God richly bless you in your walk through the Gospel of John. I believe you will love it!

Crisa January 12, 2017 at 8:54 am

Hello, I am ministering to a old high school friend that is trying to understand/accept the truth of Jesus Christ as his Savior. Do you have a Men’s bible for a new beliver that you could recommend? I’ve explained to him that most likely the Bible I send will be in an understandable version as opposed The the KJV, which as he grows in the knowledge of God he should switch to in time. Thank you for your time!

Jack Wellman January 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

Hello Crisa. Thank you for witnessing to this friend and being obedient to the call to be Jesus’ witnesses. I love the ESV as it’s perhaps the easiest read and still very accurate. Only the NASB is better in translating the Greek and Hebrew. So either the ESV or the NASB Bible may be best for your friend. May God richly bless your witness for Christ.

Yilliang Peng March 6, 2017 at 5:35 pm

I think it is really important to know where to start reading in the bible. My wife and I read every night and we love to read certain stories. We hardly ever read chronologically; however, it is always nice to know where things are! Thanks again!

Tashek Whitelocke July 19, 2017 at 11:59 am

Thank you, this was very helpful even for me who has been a believer/christian/follower of Christ for the pass five years. My plan is to start over again and like you mentioned above, this time don’t hurry but take my time and meditate on the words. 🙂 May God bless you as you continue helping others in reading his word…

Natalia July 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm

As a non believer, an atheist actually, it’s been hard to find suggestions that give a good starting point to those like me.

Most of the websites focus on new believers, they completely forget about those that haven’t had previous contact or had little contact with Christianity. So I very much appreciate you mentioning that as a possible list for non-Christians. Other lists I’ve seen were for Christians that want to begin reading the Bible, they make the assumption that you already know something (of course, you couldn’t call yourself from a religion if you didn’t know anything, I just don’t understand how can someone call themselves “Christian” without having read at least part of the Bible).

I had already read Proverbs then The Gospel of John before searching for a list (with a Christian friend that asked if I wanted to read with him and I accepted). I suggest that if the person (non-believer) has strong sense of justice or loyalty, that like doing things right and loves knowledge, like myself, Proverbs is a good starting point, it does not focus on religion that much, was a good “ice-breaker” for me, I enjoyed it.

Jack Wellman July 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

Thank you Natalia for your comment and I appreciate what you wrote. I do hope it helps. I am glad you read the Gospel of John because to me, it’s the best view of Jesus and His divinity and mercy. Take care and again, thank you for your comment and encouragement.

Mark Bird August 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

I have never been a believer. I’m 33 and in the last week alone have had many, many messages from God to believe in him, learn about him and have him in my life for comfort and support.
Every single day in the last two weeks, something big has happened that has slapped me in the face…to show me that God has seen that I need him and is speaking to me very loud through signs/messages about him that I can’t ignore (I’m even getting teary eyed while writing this because just writing about these messages is filling me with joy).
I read your article above and felt that to learn of Jesus and God is so much easier than I ever thought. And will start exactly where you recommended!
I do however want my very own Bible, to hold in my hands and connect with God on a personal level through that bible.
But I don’t know what to look for.
I would like to buy a bible off line or maybe a bookstore?
What do I type? What bible do I buy?

Jack Wellman August 11, 2017 at 9:18 am

Hello Mr. Bird. I am so happy that God seems to be calling you to eternal life (John 6:44). I recommend the NASB or the ESV, both of which are excellent. The NASB is better than almost all Bibles for the Old Testament’s Hebrew and the New Testament’s Greek. RC. Sproul’s Reformation Study Bible (ESV) is great and so is John Macarthur’s ESV study Bible. I think a good ESV or NASB study Bible will help you a lot sir. May prayers are for you Mr. Bird.

Bohdan Klymkiw March 26, 2018 at 11:09 am

Your list of The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Mark, I John, II John, III John, Genesis, Ephesians, Galatians, The Gospel of Luke, The Gospel of Matthew, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Romans, Psalms, & Proverbs confirmed for me a similar list from another source. Is there a reason that Exodus, Colossians, Acts, James, Peter, and, finally, Revelations would not be the next set of books of the Bible to read? Would you add/change or delete that secondary list in any way?

Jack Wellman March 26, 2018 at 11:16 am

Hello my friend. Exodus and Colossians and the others would make an excellent second list. I do agree.

Kelly March 2, 2019 at 9:34 am

I want to start reading the Bible but I did not know where to start so I just wanted to thank you very much for your list. I always start with the Old Testament and I just can not finish it. With your list, I now believe that I will stick with reading the Bible.

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Lovely 357 July 3, 2019 at 1:36 am

I have been so confused about religion my father
Muslim my mother pretty much nothing grandparents Christian I pick up a bible an couldn’t understand it but when I go to church it feel like their talking to me my anxiety leaves I feel good when I leave but some part of me is missing I want to understand completely o wanna be able to teach my kids about god cause basically all o know is when thing isn’t going right call on Jesus I want more I wanna understand everything plz help

Jack Wellman July 3, 2019 at 6:26 am

what is it that you don’t understand? Jesus is God. He died for you. Rose again on the 3rd day and is coming again to judge those who reject Him. Here is more about Jesus. https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/

Irene August 31, 2019 at 1:40 am

I’m so glad you have helped me I’ll stick to that format.be blessed

Alie November 1, 2019 at 1:18 pm

How can I be sure that I will meet Jesus after I die? I sometimes doubt myself in terms of my spiritual life, I doubt in a way that I’m not good enough, I’m not good at memorizing His words. These thoughts made me think and question myself, am I surely go to heaven and meet Him?

Jack Wellman November 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Hello Alie. Thank you for such a good question. I think the Word of God will give you great assurance, particularly the Gospel of John and Romans chapter 8 and Ephesians chapter 1 to 2. None of us are good enough, and that includes me…but we can recieve the righteousness of God thru Christ (2 Cor 5:21) and that’s how God sees those who trust in Christ. The very fact that you are concerned you are not saved shows me God is working in you because no unsaved sinner seeks after God and desires to know whether they’re going to heaven or not. Talk to your pastor about this. Get into the Word of God and don’t worry about memorizing Scripture. If you get into the Word of God often, the Word of God gets into you. I will pray for you Alie. Doubt is from the enemy…assurance is from God (Rom 8).

Kofo December 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm

I was born into a Christian family and have been saved. Reading the Bible has never been easy for me and I’m not proud of that fact. Sometimes I get very zealous but then my fire burns out along the way. I want to be able to read the Bible, I mean really read it, not to fulfill all righteousness but to really read it and feel God speaking to me and reassuring me. I just don’t know how

Valerie SPENCER March 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Hello Jack,
I am a Sunday school youth teacher, but I am wanting to create a new convert class for our recently baptized students.I was wondering if Hebrews would be a good book to focus on? Please any suggestions ar welcomed

Jack Wellman March 13, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Hello Valerie. The Book of Hebrews seems to be a bit complicated for new believers, in my opinion, so perhaps the Gospel of Mark and the Book of Galatians. The Gospel of Mark moves through Jesus’ ministry quickly, so there is a quick explanation of what the gospel is (Mark 1:15) and the reason for Jesus’ coming (Mark 10:45), so I hope this helped nand thank you for your comment.

MiSha April 14, 2020 at 4:56 am

Hi jack im real get good points from ur advice and now went to tell you something. I have girlfriend for past 2 years she is muslim girl and before me she have boyfriend but he live outher country she also get promised but now we are in love i love her and she love me truely but the big problem is 1. The religion she have 2. Boyfriend she have.
Now we start reading bible and quaran for mor understand. She have some knowledge about chrstian and bible but not went to convert to chrstian. Im realy confuse what to do please advise me and tell me some thing on this

Jack Wellman April 14, 2020 at 9:57 am

Hello friend. Just keep doing what you are doing in sharing Jesus Christ and the Bible with your girlfriend. It takes the Spirit of God and the Word of God to make the children of God, so just do what you doing and leave the results up to God. Only God can change the human heart (Prov 21:1) but He may use us as a means to do so. Praying for your girlfriend to be saved.

sherry March 18, 2020 at 8:30 am

in regards to the 66 summary sheets for the bible, you should note there is a cost BEFORE people click on it and enter their email address. very deceiving

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