Mark Reading Plan

As we embark on our new series, “Follow Me!”, our goal is to not only learn about Jesus, but to follow Him based on His terms—a disciple who makes disciples.

We will spend a total of 24 weeks in our study of Mark. We believe this study can be a catalyst to personal growth as well as empower us as individuals to be better disciples who make disciples. Therefore, we are encouraging all of us to prepare to hear God’s Word each week.

As you read the Gospel of Mark—depending on the time you have to invest—here are our suggestions:
(Make sure to always read the PLAN 1 verses in preparation for the message each week.)

Plan 1: Exposure (1 day a week)

Ask the question: What one thing jumped out from the text?
Pray and ask the Lord to prepare your heart to hear the message.


Sept 29-Oct6/7 — Mark 1:1-20
Oct 8-13/14 — Mark 1:21-45
Oct 15-20/21 — Mark 2:1-12
Oct 22-27/28 — Mark 2:13-3:6
Oct 29-Nov 3/4 — Mark 3:7-35
Nov 5-10/11 — Mark 4:1-34
Nov 12-17/18 — Mark 4:35-5:20
Nov 19-24/25 — Mark 5:21-43

Plan 2: Engagement (2-3 days a week)

Reflecton your reading.
Ask the questions: What do I see? What characteristics of Jesus are revealed? What do I learn about being a disciple?


Sept 29-Oct6/7 — Mark 1-3
Oct 8-13/14 — Mark 1-3
Oct 15-20/21 — Mark 1-3
Oct 22-27/28 — Mark 1-4
Oct 29-Nov 3/4 — Mark 1-4
Nov 5-10/11 — Mark 4 & 3:6-4:41
Nov 12-17/18 — Mark 4 & 3:6-4:41
Nov 19-24/25 — Mark 5:21-6:6


Plan 3: Extended (3-4+ days a week)

Keep a journal recording the observations you are making: What is enhancing your vision of Jesus? What is expanding your commitment to discipleship? What is getting you excited to share what God has done through Jesus?
Share what you are learning with one other person.


Sept 29-Oct6/7 — whole book of Mark
Oct 8-13/14 — whole book of Mark
Oct 15-20/21 — Mark 1:1-8:29
Oct 22-27/28 — Mark 1:1-8:29
Oct 29-Nov 3/4 — Mark 1:1-8:29
Nov 5-10/11 — whole book of Mark
Nov 12-17/18 — Mark 1:1-8:29
Nov 19-24/25 — Mark 1:1-8:29


Additional Resources

Background material: ESV Study Bible 
Devotional: The Gospel of Mark, Fancis Chan
Overview: Gospel ProjectChuck Swindoll, Jeffrey Kranz
Audio Reading plan: The Gospel of Mark

Bible Audio Guide: Chapt. 1-5, 
Chapt. 6-11, Chapt. 12-16
Study tools: Gospel Coalition
The Bible Project: Mark Overview Poster

Timothy Keller, Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of Jesus the Son of God.
Hans Friedrich Bayer, A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic between Christology and Authentic Discipleship, in Explorations in Biblical Theology
Don Everts and Doug Schuapp, I once was lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught us about their Path to Jesus
Robby Gallaty, Growing Up: How to be a Disciple who Makes Disciples
David Platt, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Life

Win and Charles Arn, The Master's Plan for Making Disciples: Every Christian an Effective Witness through an Enabling Church
Jared Wilson, Gospel Deeps: Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus