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40 Days in Mark Author Q&A

Andy Whisenant | Oct 8th

Who is the target reader for these devotionals?

Our target audience is any believer who desires help in developing a consistent devotional life, which includes a daily reading, study and reflection on God’s Word.

What do you hope the reader will take away from spending 40 days in each book of the Bible?

Many believers find it difficult to sustain momentum in their devotional life. They desire to read the Bible consistently but lack encouragement, guidance and direction. Commentaries are often too technical, and devotionals may fail to challenge them to dig deeply into God’s Word. “40 Days” offers both a deeper discussion of a biblical passage and at the same time encourages the reader to make personal applications based upon what the text actually says.

Why are the devotionals written to be used for 40 days? Why is that number significant?

Forty is an important number in the Bible. Moses was on Mount Sinai with the Lord God for 40 days, Elijah traveled for 40 days before arriving at Mount Horeb and Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. Some self-help experts believe it takes 40 days to develop a habit. There may be no habit more important for a Christian to develop than nurturing a consistent devotional life.

Each devotional uses this structure: “The Big Picture,” “Digging In,” and “Living It Out.” Why did you choose this format?

This format allows a Bible scholar, writing for a general audience, to help readers see how a biblical passage is to be approached. You examine the larger context, dig into the passage itself and then step away and make application to one’s personal life based on what the text actually says.

How will these devotionals help the reader who is intimidated by Bible study?

The advantage to the “40 Days” series is that it allows a Christian to read a manageable portion of a biblical text and then to read a focused study that is a straightforward and clear explanation of the biblical text. “40 Days” is not intended to dive into debates over the Bible or delve into areas of scholarly speculation; its aim is to keep readers focused on the text.

Why is it important to study the Bible on a regular basis?

The Spirit of God and the Word of God work together to strengthen God’s church. The apostle Paul put it this way: “Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).

What are two or three main points you hope the reader takes away from studying Mark?

The Gospel of Mark focuses the reader’s attention squarely on the person of Jesus Christ on every page. 

As one reads Mark’s Gospel they will come to perceive more clearly the greatness of Jesus Christ. They will come to know him better, love him more, and be better equipped to serve him more faith faithfully. A careful reading of Mark’s Gospel will leave one crying out, “Give me more of Jesus!”