We’ve talked about their authors, their contexts, and their roles in the overall story of the Bible. Now it’s time to open our Bibles and start studying! We’re going to practice making observations using John 3:16 and Acts 1:8.
Just as we would never open up the latest New York Times bestseller to a random page and start reading, the books we find in the New Testament are no different. When studying the Gospels or Acts, we should always start at the beginning. Before we move on to observation and interpretation, it can be tempting to skip past genealogies or jump to our favorite verses. But to truly understand the message and power of each book, we have to take the journey as it has been set before us.