Lent Reading Challenge – Mark 1

The Challenge for the rest of Lent:

– Read. One chapter in the Bible each day until Easter.  Start with Mark, then read Romans.
– Pray. 10 minutes, twice a day.  No distractions, not multitasking.  Just spend time with God.
– Give. A full tithe (10% of your income) each Sunday through Easter.
 
Don’t do this religiously, do it relationally.  Scripture says in James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  Engage this challenge prayerfully and openly, asking God to reveal Himself throughout these coming days.  Be aware and alert to the things God may be showing you.  They may be thoughts that just pop up, experiences that you have, or even just impulses that you may sense.  Also be aware that Satan, the enemy, will seek to throw you off.  Scripture calls us to put on the Full Armor of God, that we can stand against the schemes of the devil.
 
Each day, we will try to post some reflection questions and some prayer prompts to aid you in your engagement.  Feel free to post reflections yourself, questions you may have, or encouragement to others here as well!

Read Mark 1

Questions for Reflection:
1.    Jesus lived a perfect life and had no need for repentance Himself, so what do you think is the significance and/or of Jesus’ Baptism?
2.  Luke 5:1-11 records a significant event in the calling of Jesus first disciples.  Have you experienced significant events like this in your life that led to you following Jesus?  What events or circumstances led you to follow Jesus in your life?
3.  Jesus teaches His disciples to pray both directly and by example.  What was the example that Jesus set in prayer and how can you follow that example in your own life over the next month?

Prayer

Pray for the coming month, for your commitment to this challenge and openness to God’s leading.
Pray for Hopkins Community Church, that we would embrace this challenge and God would strengthen us through it.
Pray for the Consistory as we have our leadership meetings tonight (March 18).
Be sure to spend time listening too; prayer is a conversation.  “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

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