Red Letter Being Challenge
Sunday, September 22nd: Introduction: The greatest followers of Jesus are in great relationship with God. The problem is that many don’t know how to be or how to grow in relationship with God today. In a loud, confusing, distracting world, the answer is found in none other than Jesus Christ Himself. This introductory message will combine some modern-day research on the power of habits and at the same we will begin to explore and challenge the hearers to practice the 5 keystone habits of Jesus Christ. When we practice these habits of Jesus we will grow in our relationship with God and we will become greater followers of Jesus Christ.
Sunday, September 29th: Commit to Community: You can’t read any account of Jesus’ ministry without realizing one of the first things that Jesus does is chooses His disciples. He commits to a community of like-minded people. Research shows that the people you surround yourself with can make all the difference in the world when it comes to making and sticking to new habits in your lives. You are not meant to do this world alone. Your friends can even propel you to the place where God wants you to be or take you in an altogether different direction. Who is the community that you are committing to?
Sunday, October 6th: Study Scripture: Jesus made it a practice to grow in wisdom from an early age. The greatest place to gain wisdom in our world today is still through God’s Word, the Holy Bible. In the Bible, not only do you find out who God is but you find out who you are. Knowing who you are and what your identity is informs the person you become and the habits you put in your life. As we challenge you to put new habits into your life, let’s start by understanding more of who God has made you to be.
Sunday, October 13th: Prioritize Prayer: Any solid relationship must have regular communication. Prayer is our chance to communicate with God. Jesus was in constant communication with God through prayer. We live in a world with more options than ever today. In our very confusing world, prayer with God not only gives us much-needed direction but also reminds us of the power of the one we are praying to.
Sunday, October 20th: Seek Solitude: We live in a very loud and distracting world. It is very easy to become enamored with the things of this world and lose our focus on why we exist. Jesus, in the midst of pressure, stress, and busyness managed to remain focused on His mission that would lead Him all the way to the grave and back. One of the regular practices of Jesus that helped Him keep His focus was solitude with God. In order for us to stay focused on the mission God has for us, may we turn off the noise of this world and spend alone time with God.
Sunday, October 27th: Choose Church: Every single day of His ministry, Jesus would spend His time in the temple courts. Church today looks very different from the day that Jesus walked this Earth. Even our churches may look very different from each other today. In a world filled with so much bad news, we crave and need the consistent practice of gathering together as a church to hear the Good News of God’s faithfulness in our past, His presence in our present, and His hope for our future. This constant reminder of God’s grace is what propels us to grow in our relationship with Him and compels us to be more like Him.