Lent Challenge

Life is busy. Most Christians want to know the Bible better yet making time for it is a constant challenge and can seem overwhelming. But maybe it’s not quite as hard as we think, especially if we just start with the most important part of the Bible: The Gospels. How long does it take to read the Gospels?

Matthew (28 Chapters):

Mark (16 Chapters):

Luke (24 Chapters):

John (21 Chapters):

1 hr, 14 min

46 min

1 hr, 18 min

1 hr, 3 min

The Season of Lent is the 40-day period leading up to Easter where we make a special focus on spending time with God and following Jesus. It’s a great time to try new spiritual practices. We may do this just for the season, or we may take them up for the long term if we find that the effort is sustainable.

Reading the Gospel of Mark

If you want to start as simply as possible, go with Mark. It’s the shortest Gospel, and it’s the one we’re working though in worship this year at St. Andrew’s. Starting today there are 5 weeks remaining in Lent. Read 3 chapters a week and you’ll only need to find 2 minutes per day, or 10 minutes each week.  If you find yourself wanting to read more of the story and you finish Mark early, go on to one of the others.

Studying the Gospel of Mark

There will be a 5-week study of Mark offered Wednesday evenings at 7pm, starting Feb 21. You can borrow a copy of N. T. Wright’s excellent and easy to read Mark For Everyone from the church office. You can also order it from most bookstores, or easily download it as an e-book from Indigo or Amazon. Or check out the The Bible Project. It offers concise, easy to understand teaching videos and print resources: https://thebibleproject.com/explore/mark/

Other Spiritual Practices for Lent

The following resources are available from the church office or here.

Holy Reading (Lectio Divina)

Reading the Bible prayerfully to listen for what God is personally saying to us today.

 Praying the Psalms through Lent

The Psalms are the Bible’s prayer and hymn book, and essential reading for us as we learn how to pray.

Praying with the Lord’s Prayer

Jesus gave this prayer for us to use, but also to serve as a model for how we can shape our own prayers.

Extemporaneous (Free) Prayer

Some people find freely praying on their own easy, but for many of us it helps to have some guidance.

Following Jesus after Easter

St. Andrew’s will be running the Alpha Course again after Easter. Alpha covers the basics of the Christian faith in a format that encourages open, honest questions and dialogue. We are considering offering it at two different times: lunchtime Sundays after worship and/or a dinner session Wednesdays. If you’re interested in participating or helping with food and hospitality, please email revjohnread@gmail.com