Below you will find a suggested schedule for reading Mark over the course of the fall. The readings mirror each Sunday’s sermon passage. We also suggest that you read Mark in its entirety a few times, since this will give you a sense for the context of each individual passage and for the overall sweep of the story. Reading the entire Gospel should take less than an hour; it’s fewer than 25 pages in most Bibles.

The plan can be followed with as little as an hour of reading of each week or take advantage of our additional resources for more in-depth engagement with the text. Click here to sign up for weekly reading plan reminders.

Week

Passage

Topic

Sep 1 - Sep 7

Mark 1:1-15

Summary of Jesus's Calling & Mission of Jesus
& quickly read all of Mark for context (takes less than an hour)

Sep 8 - Sep 14

Mark 1:16-39

Jesus Calls Out Disciples, Demons, and Diseases

Sep 15 - Sep 21

Mark 1:40-2:12

Jesus's Empathy and Forgiveness

Sep 22 - Sep 28

Mark 2:13-2:22

What Jesus's Disciples should be Like

Sep 29 - Oct 5

Mark 2:23-3:30

Jesus's Supreme Authority, Delegated
& quickly read Mark chapters 1-8 for context (takes about 30 minutes)

Oct 6 - Oct 12

Mark 3:31-4:20

Jesus's Family and a Paradoxical Parable

Oct 13 - Oct 19

Mark 4:21-41

Parables of the Kingdom and Jesus, Lord of the Storm

Oct 20 - Oct 26

Mark 5:1-20

Jesus Defeats Evil

Oct 27 - Nov 2

Mark 5:21-6:13

The Timing and the Scandal of Jesus

Nov 3 - Nov 9

Mark 6:14-44

An Evil (Political) Shepherd and the Good (Divine) Shepherd

Nov 10 - Nov 16

Mark 6:45-56

The Terrifying Love of Jesus
& quickly read Mark chapters 1-8 for context (takes about 30 minutes)

Nov 17 - Nov 23

Mark 7:1-37

Jesus, Moses, and the Non-Jewish World

Nov 24 - Nov 30

Mark 8:1-9:1

A Flurry of Miracles, a Confession, and a Fateful Prediction
& quickly read all of Mark for context (takes less than an hour)