You can take The Essential Jesus Challenge any number of ways but one of the best is in a small group, such as a Sunday School class or home Bible study group. Taking The Challenge this way provides you with a positive motivation to keep your readings “on track” with the others in the group and makes your experience more meaningful as you share and discuss what you’ve learned and discovered about Jesus.
In The Essential Jesus Challenge Guide there are a series of questions designed to stimulate and guide a group discussion of those passages. Your group may already have a time and place to meet (in a Sunday School class or weekly small group, for example). You may already have a group leader, also, someone to organize the group and lead the group discussion. If not, it’s a good idea to get the group together once just to set the “game plan”: who will lead or facilitate the group, what time, place and how often to meet, when The Challenge will end, and whether there will be child care provided.
After a time, place and group leader are set, everyone in the group will need at least three things:
- an easy-to-read version of the Bible such as the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT) or the Contemporary English Version (CEV)),
- a copy of The Essential Jesus Challenge Guide, and
- an open mind.
The Essential Jesus Challenge Guide tells you the passages to read and helps you reflect on and apply the main points, but it won’t make sense unless you read the Bible passages themselves. Taking The Essential Jesus Challenge in a small group needn’t be difficult and it can be very rewarding as members develop not only a deeper understanding of Jesus but a closer relationship with each other, also.
The Essential Jesus Challenge is NOT A TYPICAL CAMPAIGN. Why? Because The Essential Jesus Challenge is a professional, high value campaign but... it’s not expensive, not complicated, and easy to run.
Additionally, the companion materials are designed so that your church can implement the Challenge without disrupting your present activities. All a small group needs to successfully participate together in The Essential Jesus Challenge are the Essential Jesus Daily Planner, The Essential Jesus Challenge Guide and, of course, a Bible. It's that easy, but benefits a small group can receive from taking the Challenge together can be life changing.
The Essential Jesus Challenge is a simple and proven pathway to long term Bible reading habit formation. Please join us and other area churches as we strategically equip congregations with the transforming Word of God.