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This page is maintained to encourage the careful reading of the gospels by both believers and nonbelievers.  It is for believers because our reading of the Scriptures is too often sporadic and lacks focus.  It is for nonbelievers because you should know what you are rejecting

This guide is intended to facilitate sharing the experience in a family or small group but may also be used by an individual.  When you follow these guides you will have read the 4 Gospels and First John in 4 months. The following weekly assignments are linked to their reading guide.


Matthew 1-8 9-16 17-23 24-28 pdf
Mark 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 pdf
Luke 1-5 6-10 11-18 19-24 pdf
John 1-5 6-11 12-17 18-21 pdf
First John 1-5       pdf

Comments and Questions

 

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Matthew Chapters 1-8  To be read during the first week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week


Welcome: Brief time for sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 23 and invite God's Spirit to guide in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Genealogy 1:1-17 Purpose?

Jesus Birth and Childhood 1:18-2:23

Baptism and Temptation 3:1- 4:11

Begins to preach and call disciples 4:12-25

"Sermon on the Mount" 5:1-7:29

Stories of Healings 8:1-34

Take note of references to the Old Testament (These were the total of the sacred writings of the Jews when Jesus was here and had not been added to for several hundred years.)

What is the most obvious intent of the author in relating the story of Jesus' birth and childhood?

What do you think was Jesus' goal for his preaching?

Choose a passage that is especially interesting to you or about which you have questions that you will share next time.

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

 

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Matthew Chapters 9-16  To be read during the second week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time for sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 34 and invite God's Spirit to guide in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Review Matthew 1-8: Questions - Comments - Decisions

Assignment Overview:

Jesus establishes his authority 9:1-34 Need for workers; He chooses, instructs and sends the twelve 9:35-38 -10:42

Jesus affirms John the Baptist, offers rest to the weary 11:1-30 He reclaims the Sabbath 12:1-14; refutes the Pharisees, identifies his family. 12:15-50

Parables of the kingdom, prophets without honor, Jesus feeds 5,000 and walks on water 13:1-14:36

What defiles? Results of faith 15:1-39; False teaching, true confession and Jesus foretells his death. 16:1-28

How are guilt and illness, faith and healing related?

How did Jesus view death? What is the harvest?

What instructions/promises Jesus gave his disciples can be yours?

What day is the Lord 's Day? What was Jonah's sign?

What is the Kingdom of Heaven like?

On what did Peter base his "confession?" Why did Jesus then start talking about his death?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

 

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Matthew Chapters 17-23  To be read during the third week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 8 and invite God's Spirit to guide in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Review Matthew 9-16: Questions - Comments - Decisions

Assignment Overview:

Moses & Elijah encourage Jesus, Two miracles, who is great, 2 parables -17:1 - 18:35

Divorce, wealth & salvation, compensation in the Kingdom of Heaven, asking for 1st place, blind healed 19:1-20:34

Triumphal entry, Jesus' authority, parables of the Kingdom, paying taxes, resurrection, 21:1-22:33

Greatest commandments Who is the Christ, Seven woes, 22:34-23:39

Who might Moses and Elijah represent?

Why were children so important to Jesus?

What parable tells you that you are important to Jesus (God)?

Is wealth of any kind an indication of God's favor? Why does wealth make salvation difficult?

What evidence do you find confirming that Jesus was the expected messiah?

What relationships do you see between the greatest commandments and the seven woes?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.


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Matthew Chapters 24-28  To be read during the 4th week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 13 and invite God's Spirit to guide in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Review Matthew 9-16: Questions - Comments - Decisions

Assignment Overview:


Signs of the end of the age, day and hour not known, parables relating to the coming of the Son of Man; 24:1-25:46

Plot to kill Jesus, anointed at Simon's home, Lord's supper, Gethsemane, arrested, Sanhedrin, Peter's denial 26:1-75

Judas, Jesus before Pilate, Crucifixion, death, burial, guard placed at the tomb 27:1-66

Jesus' resurrection, guards' report, the Great Commission 28:1-20


What does Jesus mean when he speaks of the "coming of the Son of Man? How will He come? Do you believe Him?

What do the parables of his coming mean to you?

What connections do you see between the Passover, the Lord's supper and Jesus' crucifixion?

How did the events in Gethsemane relate to what followed? Might there have been a different outcome?

Which of the resurrection stories is most plausible to you? Why?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.


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Mark Chapters 1-4  To be read during the fifth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 16 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Jesus recognized as Messiah, 1:1-28

He Heals and prays 1:29-45

Forgives, heals and calls; fasting 2:1-22

On keeping the Sabbath 2:23-3:6

Jesus' followers 3:7-34

Parables 4:1-34; Calms the storm 4:35-41

Who was Jesus? Who recognized who Jesus was?

What evidence does Mark record that supports the identification of Jesus?

If Jesus was "the Holy one of God" why would Jesus need to pray?

Is it easier to forgive than to heal?

What is the Sabbath for? How should it be observed?

What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus?

What do the parables and the calming of the storm teach us?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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Mark Chapters 5-8  To be read during the sixth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 50 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Demon possession and deliverance 5:1-20

Touch of faith 5:21-34 Raising the dead 5:35-43

Prophet comes home; sends the twelve 6:1-13

John beheaded 6:14-29 Feeds 5,000, walks on water 6:30-52

Clean and Unclean; foreigner's faith 7:1-37

Feeds 4,000; Pharisees' yeast 8:1-21; Confession and the cross 8:27-38

How are driving out demons and restoring life similar?

How is faith expressed? What shows a lack of faith?

Why do bad things happen to God's people?

How is compassion revealed? How are food and spiritual cleanness related?

How did foreigners relate to Jesus?

How are feeding 4,000 and the Pharisees connected? How are confession and the cross connected?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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Mark Chapters 9-12  To be read during the seventh week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 95 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Transfiguration; Rebukes evil spirit 9:1-32; Greatness, co-laborers and loyalty 9:33-50

Teachings on divorce, children and riches 10:1-31; Betrayal, rulers and servants, blind healed 10:32-52

Triumphal entry, temple cleansed 11:1-19

Faith, authority, tenants 11:20-12:12; Taxes, marriage & commandments 12:13-27

The Christ; the widow 12:28-44

How could the transfiguration represent the kingdom of God? Where did Moses and Elijah come from? (Jude 8,9; 2 Kings 2) Who was Elijah in Verses 12, 13?

How do evil spirits manifest themselves today? The disciples were afraid to ask. What keeps us from asking?

Who is greatest in God's kingdom?

What do you want Jesus to do for you?

How do you love God supremely and your neighbor as yourself?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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Mark Chapters 13-16  To be read during the eighth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 22 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Signs of the end; hour unknown 13:1-37 Anointed; Lord's supper 14:1-31

Gethsemane; arrest 14:32-51

Trial; disowned 14:53-72; Before Pilate, mocked 15:1-20

Crucifixion & death 15:21-41

Burial & resurrection 15:42-16:20

What happened to Jerusalem in AD 70? Signs in the sun, moon and stars - Google - "dark day" and "meteor 1833." Who knows when the end will come?

Whose characters are revealed by Simon's feast? What is the connection between the Lord's Supper and the Passover?

Compare 14:27-31 with 14:66-72 and Acts 4:1-13 . Why the difference? What happened (really) in Gethsemane?

Why could Jesus not save himself? What evidence is given that Jesus is who he said he was?
What is the good news?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.


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Luke Chapters 1-5  To be read during the ninth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 86 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Luke's (a physician See Col. 4:14) reason for writing. 1:1-4

Births of John and Jesus foretold 1:5-38

Mary visits her relatives 1:39-56

John's birth 1:57-80

Jesus' birth 2:1-39 The Boy Jesus 2:40-52

John leads the way 3:1-20 Jesus' baptism and family 3:21-28

Jesus begins his ministry, calls disciples and heals 4:1-5:32

Where did Luke get his information?

What evidence supports the accounts of the miraculous births of John and Jesus?

How were the childhood of John and of Jesus described?

What was John's mission? Do you have a mission?

What kinds of temptations did Jesus overcome?

How did Jesus announce his ministry?

How did Jesus launch his mission?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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Luke Chapters 6-10  To be read during the tenth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 107 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Sabbath keeping 6:1-11; Chooses 12 & teaches them 6:12-49

Faith, compassion and John the Baptist 7:1-35

Expressing gratitude 7:36-50; Sowing, sending, lighting 8:1-18

Jesus' family, Calms storm, Rebukes demons 8;19-39

Touch of faith; death or sleep? 8:40-56; Disciples serve 9:1-27

Transfiguration, Rebukes demon 9:28-45;

Cost of following Jesus 9:46-62; Sends 72; Teaching 10:1-42 

What is the source of faith and life? What was John's mission?

Why would/might gratitude not be a response for forgiven sin?

How were Jesus and his disciples supported? Why might the Word of God not bear fruit?

Who are God's family? What are they to do?

What are life and death? What message did Moses and Elijah bring?

What brings Jesus Joy? What does it cost to follow Jesus?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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Luke Chapters 11-18  To be read during the eleventh week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 118 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Teaching & woes 11:1-54;Warnings & promises 12:1-34

Understanding the times !2:35-50; Repentance and Sabbath healing 13:1-17; Kingdom Stories 13:18-14:24

Discipleship; Finding the lost 14:25-15:32

Teachings 16:1-31; Sin, Faith, Duty and the kingdom 17:1-37

Parables, children and ruler 18:1-30

Death predicted, Blind healed 18:31-43

What behaviors were the focus of Jesus' pronunciation of woes?

When is encouragement needed? Which of Jesus' encouraging words do you appreciate? Memorize a promise.

Why is watchfulness needed? What does it mean to perish?

Discover a principle of Sabbath observance.

How did Jesus relate to status? How did Jesus feel about sinners?

How are duty and gratitude related? What can we learn from children?

What is healing saving faith like?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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Luke Chapters 19-24  To be read during the twelveth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12 invite God's Spirit to guide in our meeting and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Nearing Jerusalem 19:1-44; At the temple 19:45-20:19

Taxes and the resurrection 20:20-47; Motive in Giving 21:1-4

Signs of the end 21:5-38; Judas and the Last Supper 22:1-38

Gethsemane and Peter 22:39-62; His trial 22:63-23:25

Crucifixion, death and burial 23:26-56

Resurrection and Ascension 24:1-53

What does it take to see Jesus? - to be a good servant?

Why did Jesus weep? How was Jesus' authority evident?

What was Jesus' purpose in telling the story of the tenants?

Did Jesus believe in the resurrection?

How do we manifest pride and self importance?

How are we to understand the signs of the end?

What were the disciple's thoughts during the Last Supper?

Is there enough evidence for you to believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Explain!

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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John Chapters 1-5  To be read during the thirteenth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 32 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:

Jesus identified as the Lamb and the Word 1:1-34

Calls disciples and first miracle 1:35-2:11

Jesus' authority, Nicodemus and John's testimony 2:12-3:36
Samaritan woman 4:1-42

Healings and the Sabbath 4:43-5:15

Life through Jesus; His support 5:16-47 Find 2 resurrections.

Do you agree that John believed that Jesus exists from eternity and is the "Creator?"

What is the significance of John the Baptist's identification of Jesus as the Lamb?

What did Jesus do and say that strengthened their faith in Him?

What did Nicodemus need to learn? Have you learned that?

According to John the Baptist who was Jesus and how can we have eternal life?

How did Jesus identify himself to the Samaritan woman? Result?

What do we do when we "take Jesus at his word?"

Jesus asked, "Do you want to be healed?" What is He asking you?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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John Chapters 6-11  To be read during the fourteenth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 25 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.
Assignment Overview:


Jesus feeds 5,000; walks on water 6:1-24

Bread of life 6:25-59 Many desert Jesus 6:60-71

Feast of tabernacles 7:1-24 Who is Jesus? 7:25-52

Jesus' testimony and dialogue 8:12-58

Sabbath healing of the blind 9:1-41

Sheep (believers) and unbelievers 10:1-62

Lazarus 11:1-44; Plot to kill 11:45-57

What was the result of feeding 5,000?

What does it mean to eat the body of Jesus and drink His blood?

Why would his followers be offended and leave Him?

How did Jesus avoid those who were wanting to kill and still reveal/identify himself?

How can Jesus' testimony about himself be valid?

What can you do to prepare to hear God?

What can you learn about death from Lazarus' story?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns

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John Chapters 12-17  To be read during the fifteenth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 103 and invite God's Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:


Jesus anointing and triumphal entry 12:1-19
Predicts His death; unbelief 12:20-50

Passover washes feet 13:1-17
Predicts betrayal and denial 13:18-38

Comforts disciples; promises the Spirit 14:1-31

Vine and branches; Disciples 15:1-16:33

Jesus' prayer 17:1-26

How can we express love for Jesus?

How was Jesus identified for the Greeks?

How can the ordinance of feet washing be more than a ritual?

Which is worse to deny or to betray?

Find several comforting promises in chapter 14 that you can claim.

What does it mean to abide in the vine (Jesus)?

How has God's Spirit brought conviction to you?

How does Jesus' prayer speak to you?


Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.

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John Chapters 18-21  To be read during the sixteenth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 69 invite God's Spirit to guide in our meeting and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview:


Jesus arrested and taken to Annas 18:1-14

Jesus Questioned; Peter denies 18:15-27

Jesus before Pilate 18:28-19:16

The crucifixion 19:17-37

Burial and resurrection 19:38-20:9

Jesus shows himself 20:10-31 Jesus at the sea 21:1-25

Why do you suppose John says so little about Gethsemane?

Under what circumstances are you tempted to deny Jesus?

Other gospel writers speak of Jesus' silence when charged and questioned but John does not. How does John's record help you to know Jesus?

How does John's description of Jesus' beating and crucifixion make you feel?

What reasons do you have for wanting to be near Jesus?

Jesus asked Peter to care for his flock. What is He asking you to do?

Share and Prayer: Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns

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1 John Chapters 1-5  To be read during the seventeenth week
Agenda is to help you focus as you read and for group sharing at the end of the week

Welcome: Brief time of sharing life events.

Worship: Read Psalm 32 and invite God’s Spirit to guide in our time together and in the reading and reflection on His Word.

Assignment Overview: 

The Word of life, 1:1-4

Walking in the light, 1:5-2:11

Encouraging the family, 2:12-14; Warnings, 2:15-27

Children of God, 2:28-3:10

Love one another, 3:11-24; Test the spirits, 4:1-21

Faith in Jesus, 5:1-12

Confidence in Jesus, 5:13-21

How did John describe what he had seen and heard?

What is the Light John describes?  What did he mean, “Walk in the light?”

What is the result of confession?  Memorize 1:9;  What is the result of Knowing God?

How is the world manifest in the life?

What is the result of being children of God?  How do we know what love is?  How can we experience God living in us?

How is love for God shown?  Will you accept Jesus as Savior and Lord now?

Share and Prayer:  Opportunity for each participant to request prayer for family, friends or concerns.