Bible Reading Challenge

40 days. 40 chapters.

Welcome to the Hope Lent Challenge Daily Reading Plan! Lent is a forty-day period, not including Sundays, that runs from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. The forty days of Lent are to commemorate the forty days that Jesus fasted in the wilderness before beginning his earthly ministry. This season is one where we as Christians have the opportunity to spiritually prepare for Easter. Through the celebration of Lent, our hope and desire is that we would give something up to gain a closer and deeper relationship with Christ. 

How you can participate…

In addition to the Sunday sermon series aligned with these 40 days, we invite you to meet us on Facebook Live everyday at noon where we’ll host a discussion with different pastors on the Hope staff. We also have a Bible reading plan available below that gives you scripture to focus on each day during your time with God. We would love for you to tag Hope (@hope4memphis) and use #HopeLentChallenge to show your participation via social media! We are excited to walk through this season with you! 


Day 40 - Mark 16

Mark 16 (NIV) Jesus Has Risen 16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices  so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.  2  Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb  3  and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” 4  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was... Read More
at Saturday, April 20, 2019

Day 39 - Mark 15

Mark 15 (NIV) Jesus Before Pilate 15 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law  and the whole Sanhedrin,  made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. 2  “Are you the king of the Jews?”  asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 3  The chief priests accused him of many things.  4  So again Pilate asked him,... Read More
at Friday, April 19, 2019

Day 38 - Mark 14

Mark 14 (NIV) Jesus Anointed at Bethany 14 Now the Passover  and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.   2  “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” 3  While he was in Bethany,  reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very... Read More
at Thursday, April 18, 2019

Day 37 - Mark 13

Mark 13 (NIV) The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times 13 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” 2  “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 3  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives  opposite the temple,... Read More
at Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Day 36 - Mark 12

Mark 12 (NIV) The Parable of the Tenants 12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.  2  At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.  3  But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 ... Read More
at Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Day 35 - Mark 11

Mark 11 (NIV) Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany  at the Mount of Olives,  Jesus sent two of his disciples,  2  saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden.  Untie it and bring it here.  3  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it... Read More
at Monday, April 15, 2019

Day 34 - Mark 10

Mark 10 (NIV) Divorce 10 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan.  Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. 2  Some Pharisees  came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3  “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4  They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her... Read More
at Saturday, April 13, 2019

Day 33 - Mark 9

Mark 9 (NIV) 9 And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come  with power.” The Transfiguration 2  After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John  with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.  3  His clothes became dazzling white,  whiter than anyone in the world could... Read More
at Friday, April 12, 2019

Day 32 - Mark 8

Mark 8 (NIV) Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand 8 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said,  2  “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.  3  If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” 4  His disciples answered, “But where in this... Read More
at Thursday, April 11, 2019

Day 31 - Mark 7

Mark 7 (NIV) That Which Defiles 7 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus  2  and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled,  that is, unwashed.  3  (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.   4  When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash.... Read More
at Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Day 30 - Mark 6

Mark 6 (NIV) A Prophet Without Honor 6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown,  accompanied by his disciples. 2  When the Sabbath came,  he began to teach in the synagogue,  and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?  3  Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this... Read More
at Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Day 29 - Mark 5

Mark 5 (NIV) Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man 5 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. [ a ]   2  When Jesus got out of the boat,  a man with an impure spirit  came from the tombs to meet him. 3  This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain.  4  For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to... Read More
at Monday, April 8, 2019

Day 28 - Mark 4

Mark 4 (NIV) The Parable of the Sower 4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake.  The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.  2  He taught them many things by parables,  and in his teaching said:  3  “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the... Read More
at Saturday, April 6, 2019

Day 27 - Mark 3

Mark 3 (NIV) Jesus Heals on the Sabbath 3 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue,  and a man with a shriveled hand was there.  2  Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely  to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.   3  Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 4  Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good... Read More
at Friday, April 5, 2019

Day 26 - Mark 2

Mark 2 (NIV) Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man 2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.  2  They gathered in such large numbers  that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.  3  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,  carried by four of them.  4  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening... Read More
at Thursday, April 4, 2019

Day 25 - Mark 1

Mark 1 (NIV) John the Baptist Prepares the Way 1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, [ a ]  the Son of God, [ b ] 2  as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way” [ c ] — 3  “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,     make straight paths for him.’” [ d ] ... Read More
at Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Day 24 - Luke 24

Luke 24 (NIV) Jesus Has Risen 24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared  and went to the tomb.  2  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  3  but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.   4  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning  stood beside them.  5  In their fright the women... Read More
at Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Day 23 - Luke 23

Luke 23 (NIV) 23 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.   2  And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation.  He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar  and claims to be Messiah, a king.” 3  So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 4  Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I... Read More
at Monday, April 1, 2019

Day 22 - Luke 22

Luke 22 (NIV) Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus 22 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2  and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus,  for they were afraid of the people.  3  Then Satan  entered Judas, called Iscariot,  one of the Twelve.  4  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard  and discussed with them... Read More
at Saturday, March 30, 2019

Day 21 - Luke 21

Luke 21 (NIV) The Widow’s Offering 21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.   2  He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.  3  “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.  4  All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” The... Read More
at Friday, March 29, 2019

Day 20 - Luke 20

Luke 20 (NIV) The Authority of Jesus Questioned 20 One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts  and proclaiming the good news,  the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him.  2  “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” 3  He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me:  4 ... Read More
at Thursday, March 28, 2019

Day 19 - Luke 19

Luke 19 (NIV) Zacchaeus the Tax Collector 19 Jesus entered Jericho  and was passing through.  2  A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  3  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig  tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to... Read More
at Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Day 18 - Luke 18

Luke 17 (NIV) Sin, Faith, Duty 17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble  are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.   2  It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones  to stumble.   3  So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister [ a ]  sins against you, rebuke them;  and if they... Read More
at Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Day 17 - Luke 17

Luke 17 (NIV) Sin, Faith, Duty 17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble  are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.   2  It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones  to stumble.   3  So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister [ a ]  sins against you, rebuke them;  and if they... Read More
at Monday, March 25, 2019

Day 16 – Luke 16

Luke 16 (NIV) The Parable of the Shrewd Manager 16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.   2  So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3  “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and... Read More
at Saturday, March 23, 2019

Day 15 - Luke 15

Luke 15 (NIV) The Parable of the Lost Sheep 15 Now the tax collectors  and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3  Then Jesus told them this parable:   4  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he... Read More
at Friday, March 22, 2019

Day 14 - Luke 14

Luke 14 (NIV) Jesus at a Pharisee’s House 14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.   2  There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body.  3  Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”   4  But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way. ... Read More
at Thursday, March 21, 2019

Day 13 - Luke 13

Luke 13 (NIV) Repent or Perish 13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate  had mixed with their sacrifices.  2  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?   3  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  4  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam  fell... Read More
at Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Day 12 - Luke 12

LUKE 12 (NIV) Warnings and Encouragements 12 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be [ a ]  on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.   2  There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.   3  What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and... Read More
at Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Day 11 - Luke 11

LUKE 11 (NIV) Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer 11 One day Jesus was praying  in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord,  teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2  He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, [ a ] hallowed be your name, your kingdom  come. [ b ] 3  Give us each day our daily bread. 4  Forgive us our sins,... Read More
at Monday, March 18, 2019

Day 10 - Luke 10

Luke 10 (NLT) Jesus Sends Out His Disciples 10 The Lord now chose seventy-two [ a ]  other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit.  2  These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.  3  Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. ... Read More
at Saturday, March 16, 2019

Day 9 - Luke 9

Luke 9 (NLT) Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Disciples 9 One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples [ a ]  and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.  2  Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.  3  “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, [ b ]  or even a... Read More
at Friday, March 15, 2019

Day 8 - Luke 8

Luke 8 (NLT) Women Who Followed Jesus 8 Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him,  2  along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons;  3  Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were... Read More
at Thursday, March 14, 2019

Day 7 - Luke 7

Luke 7 (NLT) The Faith of a Roman Officer 7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum.  2  At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer [ a ]  was sick and near death.  3  When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave.  4  So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they... Read More
at Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Day 6 - Luke 6

Luke 6 (NLT) A Discussion about the Sabbath 6 One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of grain, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grain. 2  But some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?” 3  Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  4  He went into the house... Read More
at Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Day 5 - Luke 5

Luke 5 (NLT) The First Disciples 5 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, [ a ]  great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God.  2  He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.  3  Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, [ b ]  its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. ... Read More
at Monday, March 11, 2019

Day 4 - Luke 4

Luke 4 (NLT) The Temptation of Jesus 4 Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, [ a ]   2  where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. 3  Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4  But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do... Read More
at Saturday, March 9, 2019

Day 3 - Luke 3

Luke 3 (NLT) John the Baptist Prepares the Way 3 It was now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, the Roman emperor. Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea; Herod Antipas was ruler [ a ]  over Galilee; his brother Philip was ruler [ b ]  over Iturea and Traconitis; Lysanias was ruler over Abilene.  2  Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time a message from God came to John son of Zechariah, who was living in the wilderness.  3  Then... Read More
at Friday, March 8, 2019

Day 2 - Luke 2

Luke 2 (NLT) The Birth of Jesus 2 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.  2  (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  3  All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census.  4  And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of... Read More
at Thursday, March 7, 2019

Day 1 - Luke 1

Luke 1 (NLT) Introduction 1 Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us.  2  They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. [ a ]   3  Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus,  4  so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught. The Birth of... Read More
at Wednesday, March 6, 2019