Weekly Readings

January 21, 2018


First Lesson: Jonah 3:1-5

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,a] three days’ journey in breadth.b] Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

Footnotes:

  1. Jonah 3:3 Hebrew a great city to God
  2. Jonah 3:3 Or a visit was a three days’ journey

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 7:29-35

29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.


Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;a] repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”b] 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 1:15 Or the kingdom of God has come near
  2. Mark 1:17 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service

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Weekly Bible Readings 

January 2018

Jan. 1 , 2018
Circumcision and Name of Jesus
First Lesson: Num. 6:22–27
Epistle: Gal. 3:23–29
Gospel: Luke 2:21

Jan. 6
Epiphany
First Lesson: Is. 60:1–6
Epistle: Eph. 3:1–12
Gospel: Matt. 2:1–12

Jan. 7
The Baptism of Our Lord
First Lesson: Gen. 1:1–5
Epistle: Rom. 6:1–11
Gospel: Mark 1:4–11

Jan. 14
Second S. after the Epiphany
First Lesson: 1 Sam. 3:1–10 (11–20)
Epistle: 1 Cor. 6:12–20
Gospel: John 1:43–51

Jan. 21
Third S. after the Epiphany
First Lesson: Jonah 3:1–5, 10
Epistle: 1 Cor. 7:29–31 (32–35)
Gospel: Mark 1:14–20

Jan. 28
Fourth S. after the Epiphany
First Lesson: Deut. 18:15–20
Epistle: 1 Cor. 8:1–13
Gospel: Mark 1:21–28