Introduction

We believe that the Bible is the very Word of God, it is powerful and life-changing, spoken by the same voice that made and sustains this universe.  We also believe God designed us to live and follow him as a spiritual family together.

This Lent up to Easter we want to go on a journey together as a church.  We want to do this simply, in faith and expectation by letting God speak directly to us from His Word.  No long “thoughts”, or a talk, or detailed explanations of the original languages: just a plain reading, some questions to think about and each other.

Throughout this period, from 17 February to 3 April (that’s 40 days, excluding Sundays) we will read together from Simon Peter’s eye-witness account of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection written by Mark.  The reading plan you will find below if you want to be involved.

Reading Plan

All readings are from the Gospel of Mark and are in the form (Start Chapter):(Start Verse)(End Chapter):(End Verse). e.g. 1:1-13 means start reading at Mark, chapter 1, verse 1 and stop reading at Mark chapter 1, verse 13.

Week 1 Mon

15/02

Tues

16/02

Wed

17/02

Thurs

18/02

Fri

19/02

Sat

20/02

Sun

21/02

Free Free 1:1-13 1:14-20 1:21-34 1:35-39 Free
Week 2 Mon

22/02

Tues

23/02

Wed

24/02

Thurs

25/02

Fri

26/02

Sat

27/02

Sun

28/02

1:40-2:12 2:13-17 2:18-22 2:23-3:6 3:7-35 4:1-20 Free
Week 3 Mon

01/03

Tues

02/03

Wed

03/03

Thurs

04/03

Fri

05/03

Sat

06/03

Sun

07/03

4:21-34 4:35-5:20 5:21-43 6:1-13 6:14-29 6:30-56 Free
Week 4 Mon

08/03

Tues

09/03

Wed

10/03

Thurs

11/03

Fri

12/03

Sat

13/03

Sun

14/03

7:1-23 7:24-37 8:1-21 8:22-38 9:1-13 9:14-50 Free
Week 5 Mon

15/03

Tues

16/03

Wed

17/03

Thurs

18/03

Fri

19/03

Sat

20/03

Sun

21/03

10:1-16 10:17-31 10:32-45 10:46-52 11:1-26 11:27-33 Free
Week 6 Mon

22/03

Tues

23/03

Wed

24/03

Thurs

25/03

Fri

26/03

Sat

27/03

Sun

28/03

12:1-12 12:13-17 12:18-27 12:28-34 12:35-44 13:1-13 Free
Week 7 Mon

29/03

Tues

30/03

Wed

31/03

Thurs

01/04

Fri

02/04

Sat

03/04

Sun

04/04

13:14-31 13:32-36 14:1-11 14:12-72 15 16 Free

Things to Consider

  • Pray Before You Read

    Ask the Holy Spirit to come and guide you as you read God’s Word, open yourselves to what it has to say.

  • Read A Translation You Understand

    Make sure you have an up-to-date translation of the Bible you find easy to read (e.g. NIV or ESV in English, NBV or HTB in Dutch).

  • Ask and Explore

    If there are things you don’t get or understand.  Make sure you ask more experienced Christians, or leaders in the church to help you understand and apply God’s Word to your life.

Questions to Ask

If you have time, you might want to take a pen and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What does the text impress on me the most?  How do I react to it?  Do I like this reaction?
  2. What do I see about how Jesus lived, his lifestyle, in the text?  I believe that he lived the best, how can I adapt my lifestyle to his?
  3. Is there anything I need to repent of (change my mind about) because of this reading?  Is God asking me to change a belief or behaviour as a result?