Hello

It’s great to have you back for Day 2 of Higher Bible reading. For 30 days we’re unravelling Mark’s Gospel together. We think it’s the best place to start exploring the Bible because it gets straight into the life of the one the whole Bible is all about: Jesus. Yesterday we left John the Baptist announcing Jesus’ arrival in the desert. Today’s episode starts with John the Baptist locked in prison (this story moves faster than Eastenders!) as Jesus moves centre-stage with his own brand of good news. But don’t take our word for it, crack open your Bible and…

Read

Today's reading is from Mark 1:16-20. You can find it on page 761 of your Higher Bible.
You can also read it online here.

Think

OK lads, we know you’re going to be the next Lionel Messi. Girls, we know you’ve got tonsils to rival Beyoncé – so why does everybody have you pinned for a plumber or sales assistant? Simon, Andrew, James and John may have had your problem too. In those days people had no choice but to follow their parents into the family business. Jesus had a new sort of family business in mind: to catch people rather than fish. The old family business is being left behind as God’s business is taking over their time. And the same is true for you today. God says forget the old stuff and put Jesus first in your life.

Pray

Jeremiah 29:11 says this: ‘I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.’ Why not thank God for the amazing adventure he has for you?

Live It

To follow Jesus, the disciples had to cut ties with their family business. Think if there are any unhelpful things you do which might need cutting out in order to follow Jesus.

Repeat

Start that adventure tomorrow by checking in with us for Day 3 when we’ll be looking at Jesus’ power over sickness and health. But until then… byeee!

Say What?

What does disciple mean? Jesus had 12 close friends in his inner circle that he lived with and taught every day for three years. A disciple is like a pupil or apprentice – a person who studies his teacher and follows his example.