This year, during the season of lent, we will be studying the Gospel of Mark. What we mean by “studying” is that all of the Sermons leading up to Easter will be coming straight out of these pages…BUT, what we also mean is that, during this time, we are going to encourage everyone at OCF to read through the entire book of Mark together…Don’t worry it’s not that long : )
Why the Gospel of Mark? I’m glad you asked.
There is general agreement that Mark was written for gentile readers in Rome. Here’s an excellent description of the purpose of the Gospel of Mark that I came across:
“The Roman culture contrasted in many ways with the Jewish. The Romans highly valued strong common sense. Their religion had to be practical. They had no interest in tracing beliefs back into the past. Legal genealogies and fulfillments of prophecy would leave them cold. Arguing fine points of Scripture interpretations held no interest for them. They might have said, “I know nothing of your Scriptures, and care nothing for your peculiar notions; but I should be glad to hear a plain story of the life this man Jesus lived. Tell me what He did. Let me see Him just as He was.”
If we turn to Mark 10:45, we can quite easily determine Mark’s object in writing this Gospel. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Unlike Matthew, Mark was not trying to prove certain statements and prophecies concerning Jesus. His only object in writing was to tell clearly certain facts about Jesus. His deeds more especially than his words. That Jesus is the Son of God he proves, not by declaring how He came to earth, but by showing what He accomplished during His brief career on this earth, how His coming changed the world.”
The gospel of Mark is action packed. It’s fast moving, and easy to read straight through even in a single sitting!
However, we’re going to move at a much slower pace. As you will see in the reading plan below we are looking at covering only 2 or 3 chapters per week. That’s no more than a few minutes a day. With a bible app (like You Version) you can even listen as the Bible is read to you. Then, on Sunday mornings we will preach from one of the verses we covered in our reading during the previous week.
Please join us in reading this great story together!