“Mark narrates the identity and teaching of Jesus. Discipleship is essentially a relationship with Jesus, not merely following a certain code of conduct. Fellowship with Jesus marks the heart of the disciple’s life, and this fellowship includes trusting him, confessing him, taking note of his conduct, following his teaching, and being shaped by a relationship to him. Discipleship also means being prepared to face the kind of rejection that Jesus faced.” (ESV Study Bible, p. 1890)

Your guide lists three longer readings to be done over three days. If your schedule allows, more readings of smaller sections are recommenced.

1:1-15: Introduction. Public ministry of John the Baptist, baptism of Jesus, temptation in the wilderness, beginning of ministry.

1:16-20: Jesus calls his first disciples

1:21-34: Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit and many more

1:35-45: Jesus preaches in Galilee and cleanses a leper

2:1-12: Jesus heals a paralytic

2:13-17: Jesus calls Levi

2:18-22: A question about fasting

2:23-28: Jesus is Lord of the Sabboth

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