The Gospel of Mark is considered the oldest of the four Gospels and the primary source of information about Jesus and his ministry. It is also the shortest and leanest of the Gospels. The story moves along quickly without much detail or dialogue, adding a sense of urgency to the reading. As you read, appreciate the simplicity of the text, drawing on it like a glass of cool water to cleanse your spiritual palate.
The reading plan is simple, read four chapters a week, no more than one chapter per day. Take the rest of the week off for rest, reflection and Sabbath. This plan will stretch out your readings over a month, allowing time for you to savor them.
As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.
S = Scripture
Read the Bible passage for the day. Copy the verse which catches your attention word for word into your journal.
O = Observation
Write a brief description of what is going on in the passage you read.
A = Application
Write about how your life will be different today because of what you have read.
• Lessons to be learned
• Examples to be followed or avoided
• Promises to be claimed and enjoyed
• A character trait of God revealed
P = Prayer
Write out a prayer for yourself and others based on what you read today.
As always, you are encouraged to leave a comment about your encounter with the reading for the day. I look forward to hearing from you. Stay in the Word and stay close to the Word Made Flesh, Jesus! – Lisa <><