You may well be thinking something like this, “I’m interested in learning more about Jesus, but I don’t want anyone pressuring me. I just want to see what the Bible says at my own pace so I can come to my own conclusions.”
If that’s how you feel, don’t worry: many people feel that way. That’s why the book, The Essential Jesus, was designed to make a “solo journey” through the Bible easy and meaningful. The 100 short passages trace the story line of Jesus that’s woven throughout the Bible. The readings are undated so you can complete them at your own pace—in one hundred days, six months, a year or more. The readings are grouped into sets of five that begin with an introduction that alerts you to important themes.
You’ll want to have a copy of The Essential Jesus to guide you through The Essential Jesus Challenge. And you will find that the Essential Jesus Planner and The Essential Jesus Challenge Guide are the prefect companions to help keep you on schedule, available here.
Whatever schedule you pick (and picking a schedule is important), don’t feel guilty if you miss a day now and then. Just do the next reading whenever you have time, and before you know it, you’ll make it through all one hundred.
Also, even though you’ll be reading the passages on your own, you might want to talk about what you’re learning with a friend, perhaps someone who is a committed follower of Jesus. If you do, just make sure it’s someone who will listen to you, not preach at you. But if you find the right person, you’ll find that talking about what you’re learning can make your journey through the Bible more meaningful.
However you choose to take The Challenge, remember that your goal is not just to read through 100 Bible passages or gain more Bible knowledge. Those things are important, but your higher goal is get to know more about Jesus. With that goal in mind, your reading will be more than just a “challenge,” it will become an exciting adventure of getting to know the most influential person in history: Jesus Christ.