Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bible Challenge 01/05 - 01/11

Greetings All!

This week we are finishing up the Gospel of Matthew, and reading entirely through Mark.

The Gospel of Mark is believed to have been the first Gospel written, about 50AD, as the other three Gospels all quote it and Mark does not quote the others. The author is believed to be John Mark, the son of a Jerusalem widow whose home was a meeting place for early believers (Acts 12:12). Mark most likely recorded the events as he heard them firsthand from the disciple Peter. The book's non-Jewish flavor suggests it may have been written to believers in Rome. At the time Rome had begun persecuting Christians. This book is clearly meant to encourage suffering believers. Mark shows Jesus as the suffering servant who came to die as the Savior for the world (including non-Jews). Over 40 percent of this Gospel focuses on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus' final week.

Here is the schedule:

05, Sunday: Matthew 17-20

06, Monday: Matthew 21-24

07, Tuesday: Matthew 25-28

08, Wednesday: Mark 1-4

09, Thursday: Mark 5-8

10, Friday: Mark 9-12

11, Saturday: Mark 13-16

May God add his richest blessings to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen. 

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