The author of the Gospel of Mark gave his book a working title in the first verse, saying “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” What follows is an action packed, eye-witness account of the words and deeds of Jesus which launched the global spread of the good news of God’s rescue mission for all people. The fast moving 16 chapters of Mark are easy to read, take a total of 75 minutes for an average adult reader, and are both a great introduction (for rookies) and a great reminder (for veteran followers) of the central figure of Christianity, Jesus Christ.

Each weekday over the course of the next four weeks, set aside 15 minutes to read the daily chapter or passage and then reflect upon what the Holy Spirit highlights for you.

Visit the bottom of this webpage for the daily reading and one or two short reflective questions.If you want to get a simple checklist with the reading for all four weeks, print out this PDF page.  (Note: it does not contain the daily questions.)

While we walked through Mark together as a church in April & May 2018,  you can still join in and read Mark.  Just start on Day 1 and read through.

Along the way, let us know how you are doing on your walk through Mark by emailing If you have questions, text (720) 551-7080 and one of our pastors will reply.

Connecting with the Reading

To connect with the passage, try these six simple steps:

  1. Find a quiet spot to read, mute your phone and set it down outside of your reach.
  2. Take a deep breath in, hold it, and then release it. Ask God to talk to you through the passage you are reading.
  3. Read the passage. Feel free to underline words or verses that get your attention, seem important, or repeat often.
  4. When you are done, look back on the items you underlined and think through why they may have been important to you. How do they apply to your life today?
  5. (Optional) Answer the questions for this passage from our daily text message or from the chart below.
  6. Pray again, thanking God for what He showed you in the passage. Pray for the Spirit to help bring these items into focus during the rest of your day.

Check off the passage. Repeat the next day!

Different reading methods

You may have heard about doing a Bible study or a devotional. These two popular methods of Bible study are great for understanding different levels of the meaning of a passage of the Bible.

This walk through Mark is a different method of reading called "familiarization."  The intent of this method is to become familiar with the content of the reading. You will still get great meaning and understanding from this method, but you will not get the depth of understanding that a full study or focusing on a few verses may give you.

Familiarization with the Bible is a very important part of your walk with Jesus. It is difficult to call yourself a Christian if you do not know what Jesus did and said. Our hope is that after you do these four weeks of reading, you will want to find out more by going back to carefully re-read and study parts of the Gospel of Mark which God highlighted for you.

Week One

Day 1
Mark 1
- Why did Mark say in verse 1 "The beginning of gospel of Jesus Christ..."?
- Bonus: Watch a 10 minute video summary of Mark
Day 2
Mark 2
- Who are the Pharisees?
- Why did they oppose Jesus?
Day 3
Mark 3
Why does Jesus keep telling people and evil spirits not to say who he is (such as verse 11)?
Day 4
Mark 4
Why did Jesus use stories (parables) to talk about the Kingdom of God (verses 33-34)?
Day 5
Mark 5
Why would the crowd want Jesus to go away (verse 17)?

Week Two: April 23-27

Day 6
Mark 6:1-29
- Why did Jesus send the disciples out on a ministry tour?
- What was their message? Was it complicated?
Day 7
Mark 6:30-56
How did Jesus keep his relationship with God healthy?
Day 8
Mark 7
From what Jesus says, are people generally good?
Day 9
Mark 8
- Why did Jesus have such a harsh reaction to Peter (verse 33)?
- Bonus: Watch a 6 minute video which shows the importance of 8:27-10:52
Day 10
Mark 9:1-29
Why is the "transfiguration" significant (verses 2-12)? (Reading Matthew 17:1-13 and Luke 9:28-36 may help)

Week Three: April 30-May 4

Day 11
Mark 9:30-50
Why do people call the Kingdom of God "upside down"?
Day 12
Mark 10:1-31
- What did Jesus mean by having child like faith (verses 13-16)?
- Why is it important?
Day 13
Mark 10:32-52
Jesus repeats his emphasis of being a servant. Why is it important?
Day 14
Mark 11
What was the expectation of the crowd when Jesus entered Jerusalem?
Day 15
Mark 12
What counter-cultural attitudes did Jesus teach in this chapter?

Week Four: May 7-11

Day 16
Mark 13
What hope does Jesus give for the future?
Day 17
Mark 14:1-31
Where do you see the gospel in this passage?
Day 18
Mark 14:32-72
- Why was Jesus deeply troubled (verse 33)?
- Why did he allow himself to be arrested?
Day 19
Mark 15
What is the significance of the temple curtain being torn (verse 38)?
Day 20
Mark 16
Mark has three endings (verses 1-8a, verse 8b, and verses 9-19). What is the take-away for each ending?

Congratulations! We hope that you enjoyed your walk through Mark and have a new insight into the life and ministry of Jesus. Ready for your next journey? We suggest you  walk through the Gospel of Luke.