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Two quick things before you proceed:
There are a lot of poor Bible translations out there, the best translation available is the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
Secondarily, I do not recommend anyone to participate in organized religious denominations or groups whatsoever. The apostasy, or falling away from sound faith that Paul warned about, is complete. The prophet Jeremiah said that at the end of the age the flock of God would be scattered.
Some people suggest you can't be a Christian without participating in some formal, organized group. But the Bible clearly states otherwise. For example, in the first century, when Paul was born again, he did not consult Christian brethren for years until he was sure of himself in the scriptures (Galatians 1:16-18).
Additionally, the prophet John was isolated on the island of Patmos for years at the end of his life. Moreover, John the Baptist was out in the wilderness before Jesus' arrived on the scene. He had nothing to do with the rampant apostasy among the Pharisaical religious authorities of his day. Jesus said the spirit of Elijah would come at the end, it is the spirit of a wilderness people who set themselves apart for God.
Cultivate your personal relationship with God through His word, but don't be lazy about it. This is no time to sleep or slumber. Pray daily, but beware of mystical experiences, that's the devil's specialty. God isn't giving goosebumps, or bizarre experiences today, He's testing to see if people love the truth. You want to pass that test.
Beware of outlandish dreams, visions, or "revelations" that come into your mind. These are the lying signs and wonders Jesus warned would come at the end. God stopped speaking directly to humanity when the New Testament was completed, and the video on the Spiritual Gifts below clearly proves this with scripture. And thank God for being merciful to His children. It's now very easy to tell whether a dream, vision, or revelation is of God or not. It's not! And this, my friend, is coming from someone who has had some of the most incredible "experiences" of visions and dreams and lying prophetic utterances you could imagine. Thank You, Jesus for saving me from the lies of Satan!
God wants to train you in righteousness, He wants to teach you sound doctrine, and those things only come by studying His word. Trust the word of God completely, search out those promises of God and hold fast to them. Every single one is true.
One last thing: The absolute best way to study the word of God is to listen to it. Listen to the New Testament from beginning to end a little bit each day, over and over, and God will begin to unfurl His majestic truths before your very eyes. Listen to the Old Testament, too, but spend most of your time in the New Testament, as that's where New Covenant theology can be found.
When you want a child to grow big and strong, you make sure they eat all their vegetables. Christians grow big and strong when they eat all of the word of God.
The True Gospel Message
How to Overcome Sin
How to Study God's Word God's Way
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit Explained
Are the Spiritual Gifts of Prophecy, Tongues, and Word of Knowledge Still Active?
God still works miracles and heals, but you should never seek for signs or look for omens because of Jesus' warnings about lying signs and wonders at the end of the age.
Should Christians Fast?
The Truth About the Trinity
God is in Control! (The Sovereignty of God)
The Truth About Head Coverings (Spiritual Coverings)