Mark Daily Readings, WEEK ONE


John the Baptist was baptizing and preaching repentance. His message caused a great excitement and following, but he made sure that people knew someone even greater and more powerful was coming. Why is it important that this famous baptizer (John) baptized Jesus (v 9-11)? What does it mean to you that Jesus was baptized, tempted (v 12-13) and then began his ministry sharing the good news of God (v 14-15)? How can you identify with the fact that Jesus was tempted in the midst of being obedient?

DAY TWO MARK 1:16-28

When Jesus called these men (v 16-20), what did their response look like? (Think about HOW they responded, WHAT they left behind, WHAT they may have been thinking/feeling…) How has Jesus called you? What has your response looked like? What can you learn from the response of the early disciples? Jesus “taught them as one who had authority” (v 22). According to this passage, what does the authority of Jesus look like and how did it ignite his fame? How do you view the authority of Jesus and how are you spreading His fame?


What stands out most to you about Jesus’ character in these verses (his humility, his healing, his need for prayer, his view of people)? Maybe there are some specific words or phrases that stand out most to you? Which of those things would strengthen YOUR character? How could you potentially grow in those areas?


The paralytic and his friends were desperate to see Jesus. How did their need for Jesus cause them to act? What does that kind of desperation/need look like today? What does it look like for you?


Jesus was questioned about his DEFIANCE of some “important” rules and traditions… what was Jesus ultimately saying about them through his actions and response? How does Jesus’ view of rules and tradition encourage or challenge you as you look at why you do the things you do?

Breaking the Mould Reading plan and general series outline theme adapted from ‘Defiance: Challenging the norm’ Source: