Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Start with Mark - Works For Me!


How long has it been since you have read your Bible? If it was just today, then I take my hat off to you, and you may go browse my other posts :). If it's been a while however, then I have just the tip for you!

Sometimes the reason we dont read the Bible is we are not sure where to start. Whether it's because you dont have much time, have never opened your Bible before, are having trouble understanding, or you are seeking inspiration and dont know where to look, this might be just what you need . Id like you to do something for me. Go and grab your Bible.

Seriously. I'll wait here. Off you go.

Open it up to the book of Mark. (New Testament - use your contents page if you like!)

Mark is the simplest of the four Gospels – it is the shortest, it contains the least amount of teaching, and it includes many stories from the life and ministry of Jesus. Yet it has everything that a person needs to know in order to become a Christian, and to live a life which pleases God!

I love how Jesus is portrayed there – not merely as a normal man, but rather as a man who maintains that he is the Christ, who is in total control of every situation, has complete authority over evil, power to heal and restore, and amazing wisdom that confounds his enemies. At every turn, the reader is prompted to make a response about whether Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God: “Who do you say that I am?”

The entire Bible is God’s inerrant, infallible, inspired revelation to humankind. And it is very important that we are familiar with the message of the Gospel, as revealed to us in the life of Jesus. The Gospel of Mark is a great place for you to rediscover afresh your love for Jesus, and maybe even to be surprised once again by the manner in which he lived, died, and rose again.

Here is where I suggest you read. Start at chapter 1, verse 1.

Why not read it right now? Blog surf later on! It'll be the best thing you do all day!

Leslie has done an absolutely awesome job of running you through how to have a quiet time - pop over to Sunday School Blog to learn more!

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Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

That is great advice for those who don't know where to start. I usually rec. Mark to new Believers as well.

Anonymous said...

This is a great tip, especially for new believers. I've recommended John in the past, but these are great reasons for recommending Mark.

Genny said...

Oh, such a good reminder. Thank you!

Donetta said...

Good Evening (here anyway). Thank you for your sweet comment. It is good advice to come into that Manuel with Emanuel and just sit a spell. Mark is indeed a time of rest. Nice to meet your acquaintance.

Amy said...

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