CENTERPOINT 12 WEEK READING PLAN
(Aug 30 – Nov 21, 2021)
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The Gospel of Mark - Defying the Norm
The Gospel of Mark is a fast-paced story focusing on Jesus' radical way of
discipleship, where Mark continually contrasts the followers and opponents of
Jesus. Following Jesus means going
against the norm and facing the challenges and rejection that Jesus faced.
During our 12-week series in Mark everyone is encouraged to use this reading plan to read the complete book over the same 12-week time period. The plan will have you reading the broader context for each week’s Sunday sermon. Let’s dig deep into the Gospel of Mark and discover how Jesus demonstrates and calls us to the vibrant life of being his follower.
As you begin each day:
(1) Find a quiet place where you can be alone. This is important for you to more easily focus as you read and have an awareness of God’s presence. Prepare yourself to listen.
(2) Read the verses taking note of the main points that stand out to you. Whether you have read the verses before or not, approach them with an eagerness to learn something new about Jesus, and about yourself.
(3) Ponder the question. Maybe the question works for you, or maybe you have something else based on the reading that you need to continue to process. Whatever it is, be intentional about thinking and praying about it throughout your day.
Aug 30 Make Way for Jesus Mark 1:1-13
prepared the way for the Lord in your life?
Aug 31 Jesus Begins His Ministry Mark 1:14-20
What can you learn from the response of the early disciples?
Sep 1 Jesus Heals Mark 1:21-34
What does this passage reveal about Jesus and the Kingdom?
Sep 2 This Is Why I Came Mark 1:35-45
What was Jesus’ purpose and how did he prepare?
Sep 3 Like Nothing Ever Seen Mark 2:1-12
Where do you need to hear Jesus’ words of forgiveness today?
Sep 6 A Party for Sinners Mark 2:13-17
Who do you need to invite to Jesus’ party for sinners?
Sep 7 Questions for Jesus Mark 2:18-3:6
How does Jesus’ view of rules and tradition encourage or challenge you?
Sep 8 Recognized by Demons Mark 3:7-12
What is the difference between what the crowds saw, and the demons saw in Jesus?
Sep 9 Misunderstanding Jesus Mark 3:13-30
How has your understanding of Jesus changed over time?
Sep 10 Jesus’ True Family Mark 3:31-35
What is the basis for being part of Jesus’ family?
Sep 13 The Sower Mark 4:1-20
Which soil best describes the condition of your hearts right now?
Sep 14 Lamps and Seeds Mark 4:21-34
What evidence of growth have you seen in your spiritual life this past year?
Sep 15 To the Other Side Mark 4:35-41
How do you react to Jesus when it seems he is asleep on your journey?
Sep 16 Jesus and Legion Mark 5:1-20
How does Jesus bring peace amidst the conflicting voices in your life?
Sep 17 Over Sickness and Death Mark 5:21-43
How likely are you to seek other solutions before going to God?
Sep 20 Not in This Town Mark 6:1-6
How does familiarity with Jesus affect your view of Him?
Sep 21 Sending Disciples Mark 6:7-13
How is the disciple’s mission here your mission?
Sep 22 A Deadly Birthday Mark 6:14-29
How does Herod’s kingdom differ from Jesus’ Kingdom?
Sep 23 Fish and Loaves Mark 6:30-44
To whom do you need to show compassion today?
Sep 24 Walking on Water Mark 6:45-52
In what situation do you need to hear Jesus say, “Don’t be afraid?”
Sep 27 Made Well Mark 6:53-56
How does the people’s zeal to be with Jesus encourage or challenge you?
Sep 28 Religious Obstacles Mark 7:1-13
In what ways do you see hypocrisy in your own life?
Sep 29 Inside Out Mark 7:14-23
What in Jesus’ list of things that come from the heart do you struggle with?
Sep 30 Foreign Faith Mark 7:24-30
What message is Jesus giving by healing the woman’s daughter?
Oct 1 The Deaf Hear Mark 7:31-37
What has Jesus done for you that amazes you?
Oct 4 Words Before Food Mark 8:1-10
How are you discovering that Jesus provides for and feeds your soul?
Oct 5 Seeking a Sign Mark 8:11-13
How are you like the Pharisees in seeking a sign?
Oct 6 Hardened Mark 8:14-21
Are there any areas of your heart that are hardened toward God?
Oct 7 Seeing Clearly Mark 8:22-26
What does this tell you about how you can see more clearly?
Oct 8 You Are the Christ Mark 8:27-30
Who do you say Jesus is?
Oct 11 Losing Your Life Mark 8:31-9:1
How do you see your desires and ways in conflict with those of Jesus?
Oct 12 Seeing the Glory of Jesus Mark 9:2-13
When and how have you seen the glory of Jesus in a special way?
Oct 13 All Things Are Possible Mark 9:14-29
In what do you need help to overcome your unbelief?
Oct 14 Redefining Success Mark 9:30-37
How does Jesus’ idea of greatness differ from the world’s?
Oct 15 Peace Now and Forever Mark 9:38-50
How does cutting off the cause of sin relate to peace in your life?
Oct 18 Jesus On Marriage Mark 10:1-12
What can you do to keep your heart soft before God and others?
Oct 19 Come as a Child Mark 10:13-31
Are you more like the child or the rich man in approaching God?
Oct 20 Predictions and Posturings Mark 10:32-45
How do you feel about following the servant’s path to greatness?
Oct 21 Have Mercy on Me Mark 10:46-52
Where do you especially need the mercy of Jesus?
Oct 22 The Triumphal Entry Mark 11:1-11
For what can you shout “hosanna” and bless the Lord today?
Oct 25 Figs and Faith Mark 11:12-25
How is your faith producing fruit in your life and others?
Oct 26 Authority Challenged Mark 11:27-33
How does the authority of Christ challenge your way of life?
Oct 27 When the Son Arrives Mark 12:1-12
With whom do you identify most in this parable?
Oct 28 Taxes and Death Mark 12:13-27
How does bearing the image of God affect what you should do with your life?
Oct 29 The Great Commandments Mark 12:28-34
How is obedience to these commandments revealed in your life?
Nov 1 Beware of Scribes Mark 12:35-40
How are you tempted toward performance-based religion?
Nov 2 Humble Offerings Mark 12:41-44
What small thing can you offer to God for His great purposes?
Nov 3 End of the Age Mark 13:1-23
How do you find encouragement in these gloomy verses?
Nov 4 Stay Awake Mark 13:24-37
In what ways can you stay awake and alert for the coming of Christ?
Nov 5 Price Tags Mark 14:1-11
How can you demonstrate the worth of Jesus in your words and deeds?
Nov 8 Bittersweet Supper Mark 14:12-25
What profound new meaning does Jesus give to the Passover bread and cup?
Nov 9 You Will Deny Me Mark 14:26-31
How do you feel knowing that Jesus knows your weakness and failures?
Nov 10 Garden Prayers Mark 14:32-42
How can this story impact the way you pray?
Nov 11 And They All Left Him Mark 14:43-52
How do the various characters respond to the situation? How would you?
Nov 12 Gentle and True Mark 14:53-65
What can we learn from Jesus about how to respond to unbelievers?
Nov 15 The Rooster Crows Mark 14:66-72
When have you felt your failures disqualified you from serving Jesus?
Nov 16 Barabbas Set Free Mark 15:1-15
How is the story of Barabbas your story?
Nov 17 The Crucified King Mark 15:16-32
How has Jesus’ death torn the “curtain” between you and God?
Nov 18 Dead and Buried Mark 15:33-47
What do Joseph of Arimathea's and Mary Magdalene's involvement say about God’s Kingdom?
Nov 19 Fear and Following Mark 16:1-8
How has the Gospel of Mark affected how you follow Jesus?