While we’re locked down for possibly 5 weeks from 3rd January and to keep us doing something meaningful together alongside our Sunday (& Life Group) series in Mark, why not try some or all of these options:
Make yourself a cup of tea and do it in one or two sittings like you might any short book. It’ll probably only take round about an hour or so.
Just here on the website there is a reading plan to guide you in this using your own Bible; or there’s a document to download that divides the whole of the text of Mark’s gospel (The NET version – a good translation that is copyright free for us to use and reproduce) into those 30-day chunks, one a page. You can print it off or read it on a device. It’ll do you Monday-Saturday, 6 days a week from 4th Jan for 5 weeks.
Even better than reading it into yourself (we often tend to skim over bits), there’s a great freshness in realising that Mark’s gospel was written to be read out loud and heard. So why not go a bit further…
I’d (Ben!) love for this to happen and so I’ve done the first one and asked others to do the next two or three. But please volunteer to do a day simply by texting or WhatsApping or emailing or getting in touch with me and I’ll give you some simple recording instructions and a day’s reading to do as an individual or a family; and we’ll put the up a day at a time online; and we can listen together, through the next five weeks. Come on – individuals and families - be a part of this fresh reading of the gospel together during lockdown – first come first served for the 30 volunteers!
We’ll be looking at Mark in Life Groups as the year gets further underway. If you’re not in one, join one and learn and pray and enjoy fellowship together with others. (contact Ben if you’d like to join a Life Group)
This great 100-day guide to Mark's gospel, especially for older primary children is available in paperback or ebook here