During church service this week, I asked you all to spend time as a family reading the Book of Mark and praying together. Many people played a role in my spiritual development: youth leader, Sunday school teachers, friends…etc. Yet, the people that played the biggest role in my spiritual formation, were my parents. They weren’t perfect, and neither am I. You will make mistakes in raising your children and leading them, but showing your love for Christ is the single most important thing you can do. No one will care what I built in my workshop 10,000 years from now. Yet, leaving a spiritual legacy for my children can change the world….especially their own. Psalm 78:4 says: “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” During this Bible study, you are simply recounting the wonderful things the Lord has done.
To that end, the church bought 40 short books that walk through the book of Mark. They aren’t the most in depth, they aren’t supposed to be. I want you to take these books, and read one or two chapters a week with your children, spouse, parents, friends…etc. The chapters are only a few pages each and give some really good illustrations. Please let me know how you think this is going as this is the first time I’ve given companion material with a sermon on a large scale.
What I suggest is that you plan on 10-15 minutes with the following breakdown as a suggestion:
- Sit down and ask everyone if they have anything that you need to pray over as a family. Pray over those issues.
- Read the Bible passage together for that lesson.
- Ask what stands out or if anyone has any questions.
- Then read through the commentary in the book and every once in while, stop and ask follow-up questions to make sure everyone is tracking with the lesson.
- Ask your family to come up with practical ways this lesson should change how we behave.
- Remember that you aren’t perfect, your lessons won’ be either. God wants to use you to lead your family. Trying to study God’s Word with them is the best thing you can do with them.
Please call me or come visit me in my office if you have any questions. I’d love to help.
For this week, read Chapters 1, 2, and 3, pages 1-9. There is a little extra this week because I got the books to you after we started Mark. If you haven’t gotten a book yet, Pages 1-11 are available as a free preview on Amazon. The name of the book is Mark for Everyone by N.T. Wright.
My sermon on Sunday will be drawn from Mark 1:9-20.