Want to go deeper in your personal study of the Gospel of Mark? We’ve compiled a list of free resources that are available via our library or online. Pick up a Scripture journal and a bookmark when you join us for worship on Sunday!

Reading Plan

You’re encouraged to spend time in Scripture throughout the week, personally reading and meditating on the passage as we examine the Gospel of Mark together.

 WEEK  SCRIPTURE PASSAGE  THEME
 Sept. 11–17  Mark 1:1–45  The King’s Message & Purpose
 Sept. 18–24  Mark 2:1–28*  The King’s Forgiveness
 Sept. 25–Oct. 1  Mark 3:1–35*  The King’s Family
 Oct. 2–8  Mark 4:1–20  The King’s Words
 Oct. 9–15  Mark 4:21–41*  The King’s Power over Chaos
 Oct. 16–22  Mark 5:1–20  The King’s Power over Evil
 Oct. 23–29  Mark 5:21–6:29*  The King’s Power over Death
 Oct. 30–Nov. 5  Mark 6:30–7:23*  The King’s Diagnosis
 Nov. 6–12  Mark 7:24–37  The King’s Sigh
 Nov. 13–19  Mark 8:1–21  The King’s Provision
 Nov. 20–26  Mark 8:22–30  The King’s Question

*ADDITIONAL PASSAGES FOR SELF-STUDY

Some passages included in the reading guide will not be covered on Sunday mornings. To help you process these longer passages in your weekly reading, additional devotional material will be posted prior to the week.

The following passages will have additional devotional material:

Additional Resources

  • Church Library

  • Church Library

  • RightNow Media

  • Pastors' Resources

  • Washington Institute Articles

  • More Online

  • Scripture Journal

  • Spotify

Our library is located on the upper level of McLean Presbyterian Church; learn more.

Commentaries

  • The Gospel of Mark by William Barclay, from “The Daily Study Bible Series” (introductory) 
  • Mark by James A. Brooks, from “The New American Commentary” (Intermediate) 
  • Mark by R. Alan Cole, revised edition, from “Tyndale New Testament Commentary Series” (Introductory) 
  • The Gospel According to Mark by James R. Edwards, from “The Pillar New Testament Commentary” (Academic) 
  • Mark 1-8:26 by Robert A. Geulich, from “The Word Biblical Commentary” (Academic) 
  • Mark 8:27-16:20 by Craig A. Evens, from “The Word Biblical Commentary” (Academic) 
  • The Gospel of Mark by William Lane, from “The New International Commentary on the New Testament” (Academic) 
  • The Servant Who Rules by Ray Stedman (Introductory) 

Theological Reading

  • Name Above All Names by Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson (Divinity of Christ, Christ’s character) 
  • Jesus the Son of God: A Christological Title Often Overlooked, Sometimes Misused, and Currently Disputed by D. A. Carson (Christology, divinity of Christ) 
  • The Identity of Jesus of Nazareth by Carl Henry (Christology, History of Theology) 
  • King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus by Tim Keller (A survey of the book of Mark)
  • The Glory of Christ by R.C. Sproul (Jesus in the Gospels) 
  • The King Has Come by James Montgomery Boice (Christology) 

Further Reading

  • Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ by Darrell L. Bock and Daniel B. Wallace (Historical Jesus, apologetic) 
  • Jesus: Lord & Savior by F.F. Bruce (Historical Jesus, apologetic) 
  • The Gospel of our King by Bruce Riley Ashford (Christian living, worldview) 
  • Mark 1-8: The Coming King by Tim Chester (Bible Study guide)

Children’s Books

  • Jesus the King by Penny Frank 
  • Jesus by Devon Provencher 
  • Jesus, My King by Thomas Nelson Publishers 
  • Children of the King by Max Lucado

For this sermon series, our pastoral team consulted a variety of resources, including:

Commentaries 

  • France, R.T. The Gospel of Mark. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 
  • Lane, William. The Gospel of Mark. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974. 

Further Reading

  • Keller, Timothy. King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2011.
  • McLaughlin, Rebecca. Jesus Through the Eyes of Women. Gospel Coalition, 2022.*

    *This title is available for purchase in our McLean site’s Book Nook (located in our Welcome Center; adjacent to the Sanctuary).

The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture is an arm of our ministry which, via publishing articles, provides a place for Christians to think carefully about issues worth pondering.

Read these relevant articles tracing passages from the Gospel of Mark which we will not cover through our sermon series:

Access more through The Gospel Coalition and on YouTube; follow the links below. 

We’ve ordered Scripture journals for our church family! Journaling is a great way to enhance your personal study of God’s word. Pick up your free copy after the service, available at all sites.

New to journaling?

There’s no right or wrong way to journal! Watch the video below to hear Pastor Rob share how journaling has been a useful practice over the years — he also gives suggestions for how you can use the Mark Scripture journal to take sermon notes or use it in your personal devotion time.

Enhance your devotional time; worship throughout the week with our curated playlist on Spotify