Can you recommend a reading plan for a brand new believer?

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Neil Hess | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Oct 30 2017 11:58 AM

I am leading a very young believer in a bible study.  She grew up in the church, but has very little understanding of scripture.  I have come to understand that she needs the basics and in very small chunks.  Can you recommend a very basic reading plan?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 30 2017 12:18 PM

The E100 Plan - https://wiki.logos.com/Reading_Plans#E100_Reading_Plan - could be a good option

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Liam & Abi Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 30 2017 12:34 PM

How old are they? 

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Neil Hess | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 30 2017 12:35 PM

30's.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 30 2017 3:07 PM

Neil Hess:
I am leading a very young believer in a bible study. 

Search idea:

(([field heading,largetext] new) WITHIN 7 WORDS ([field heading,largetext] believer,disciple)) BEFORE 88 WORDS (directions,reading)

Noted reading suggestion: Gospel of John

Also thought about Gospel of Mark along with questions: "Who is Jesus ?" "What did Jesus do ?"

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 30 2017 3:28 PM

I always instruct new believers or newly recommitted believers to read the book of John a pericope at a time to start. Although I say "the headings" at a time.

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Liam & Abi Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 30 2017 3:50 PM

Thanks, helpful to know their age, etc. 

I would also say that the gospel of John is a good place to start. If you are in the UK I would suggest using UCCF's Uncover John books. I don't know if it is available in the US.

If not, encourage her to read John as much or as little as she likes at each sitting, and jot down any observations or questions about what she is reading, then meet with her regularly (however you define that) and discuss them. 

I'd also recommend buying her a copy of Carl Lafterton's the Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross (https://www.amazon.com/Garden-Curtain-Cross-Carl-Laferton/dp/1784980129). Yes, it is a children's book, however, it will help her to understand that the Bible is, first of all, a story of what God is doing in history.

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 30 2017 4:51 PM

My strategy would be a little different. I have been deeply shaped by the method found in Mastering the English Bible. I would have her read through Ephesians once a day (about a twenty minute commitment) for 6 weeks. I would study one chapter with her in depth each week. By the end of it, she will have been exposed to every major doctrine, lots of practical application and "accidentally" committed lots of Scripture to memory, just from exposure. When I have done this, I have printed out the book with wide margins and triple spaced, so they could annotate it. I give little assignments like "highlight every time the phrase 'in Christ' or its equivalent is used," to help guide their natural discovery. 

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Ted Weis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 31 2017 9:01 AM

Justin Gatlin:

My strategy would be a little different. I have been deeply shaped by the method found in Mastering the English Bible. I would have her read through Ephesians once a day (about a twenty minute commitment) for 6 weeks. I would study one chapter with her in depth each week. By the end of it, she will have been exposed to every major doctrine, lots of practical application and "accidentally" committed lots of Scripture to memory, just from exposure. When I have done this, I have printed out the book with wide margins and triple spaced, so they could annotate it. I give little assignments like "highlight every time the phrase 'in Christ' or its equivalent is used," to help guide their natural discovery. 

My suggestion for a new believer is Mark and Ephesians.

The above suggestion is outstanding!

Instead of John's Gospel, I recommend a new believer read Mark. It is fast paced, action packed, and gives a whole account of Jesus' public ministry. While John has simple language, it is theologically deep and I think better suited for a maturing believer.

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 5 2017 4:03 PM

Some great recommendations. I would also really recommend a resource to add  by Boice... https://www.logos.com/product/2946/foundations-of-the-christian-faith

This had a great impact on me when I came to belief and I believe Boice produced it for new believers - saying that I am going though again now for the third time :-) 

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