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What is the most important book of the Bible, in your opinion? What is the least important? I'd like to read the Bible, but I don't want to waste my time on parts that aren't important.


Every part of the Bible is important, because every part came from God, and every part has something to teach us about our relationship with Him. As the Bible itself says, “ALL Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16, emphasis added).

At the same time, the center or heart of the Bible is Jesus Christ — His life, death and resurrection for us. The Old Testament looks forward to His coming and tells us how God prepared the way for it (which is one reason why Jesus quoted it so much). The New Testament records Jesus’ actual coming, and the difference He made in the lives of His followers after He returned to Heaven. Both parts of the Bible tell us of God’s love for us.

Because Jesus is the heart of the Bible, I suggest you begin reading one of the Gospels (I often suggest John). As you read, ask God to show you who Jesus is, and what He can do in your life. You’ll discover that Jesus was more than a great teacher; He was God in human flesh, who came from Heaven to save us from our sins and give us hope for the future. Could anything be more important?

Don’t read, however, just to discover more information about the Bible, or about Jesus. God wants to change your life — and He will, as you turn to Jesus and commit your life to Him. Read your Bible not only with an open mind, but with an open heart and will.

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  1. Betty Ndungu says:

    I love Billy Graham and what he stood for and taught. I was at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya, when I heard Billy Graham’s message of Jesus Christ in a way a 9 year old could digest and make sense. Billy Graham’s voice still rings in my ears, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Anyone who hears His voice and does His will shall be saved.

  2. Ginny Neurauter says:

    Although I know every book in the Bible is important, I guess I have been looking for something that will help guide me. I go to a Pentecostal church every Sunday. I love everything about it, the pastor, his sermons, the people, the closeness we all share, but I seem to be missing something, I guess a complete closeness with God. I’m going to start reading John.

  3. oche Jackson says:

    The book of “Enoch” which was written by the great grandfather of “Noah”. Get INTO IT. And look into the other missing books of the bible.

  4. Erika Stalling says:

    Romans is my favorite, but all books are important. You have to study all to find certain answers to questions in other books.

  5. Paul DeLisi says:

    I think the most important book of the Bible is Galatians.

  6. tony estrada says:

    I love the opening statement of your answer, it is the truth. Personally, I found special preference to Matthew 6, from 1 to the end the 34th. The 1st discussed how not to bragged about your righteousness. 2-4 teaches us how to give. 5-13 is how to pray. 14-15 showed the importance of forgiving. 16-18 is all about fasting. 19-24 is the most difficult, how to decide between God and money. 25-27 worries about life, and finally 28-34 problem about appearance, very common for the women but men shared this problem too.

  7. Karen Holmes says:

    I have been slipping lately and don’t feel a connection to God like I used to. What’s a good book in the bible to get me started back on the right track? Thank you so much for your help. My dad and I have always loved Billy Graham and I’m sure I’ll love Franklin too when I get back on track. God bless you all!

    1. Anthony says:

      Browse Psalms, pick a chapter that resonates with you and memorize it. Our Heavenly Father will take it from there.

  8. José Lemus says:

    I like the way you said All Scripture is God’s breathed, thank-you