Lent Reading Challenge: Mark 16

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.

 Read Mark 16

Questions for Reflection:
1. The angel tells the women to “tell the disciples and Peter” the news that Jesus rose from the dead.  Why this distinction?  What is the significance of including Peter?  How does this speak to the reconciliation that is made possible in Jesus Christ?
2. Mark’s “official” ending is somewhat confusing; all of this great news and then the run away in fear and don’t tell anyone.  How do we often relate to this though?  Have there been times in your life where you have been fearful to share the Good News of Jesus?
3. Jesus speaks of signs that will accompany His followers in verses 15-18.  Do we see things like this anymore?  Do we expect to?  Are these things that happen in today’s world?  How do you think our expectation of such things limits their presence in the lives of believers?

Prayer

Pray for yourself, that you would boldly and courageously proclaim the Gospel of Jesus through both words and actions.
Pray for Hopkins Community Church, that we would preach the Gospel of Jesus here and that we would see new believers come to faith through the ministries of the church.
Pray for the Hopkins Community, that there would be an open door to the Gospel here and that we would see a revival in Jesus’ name!
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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