WHAT IS THE RED LETTER CHALLENGE?
The mission of Red Letter Challenge (RLC) is to help people live more like Jesus. Sadly, when people think of Jesus-followers it is a far cry from who Jesus actually is. After all that Jesus has done for us, we cannot be content with the picture and representation that we are sharing. We must change the story and perception of who Jesus is. With RLC, we believe that if people truly met the real Jesus, they would really fall in love with Him. So how do we change the story that we are telling? We go back to Christ’s words. You know, those red letters in your Bible. It turns out he had a lot to say to His followers about what we are called to do and how we are called to live. The RLC is unique because it takes Christ’s literal words and gives you practical daily challenges based on those words. The RLC will give you targets to shoot for to help you measure how you are practically following after Him. RLC believes that Jesus followers want to be the best Jesus followers that we can be not out of obligation, but out of gratitude for what Jesus has done for us! Do you have what it takes to really follow Jesus? To truly do what He said? I believe you do! The RLC will help you:
1) Have a deeper relationship with Jesus.
2) Receive God’s forgiveness in your life and give grace to others.
3) Give you a greater heart of service.
4) Help you become more generous.
5) Give you confidence to speak about what Jesus has done in your life.
Ready to take the challenge?
Okay, you are ready for the Challenge, but how does it work? What’s this going to look like?
First, you will need to purchase a book from Zion at the discounted price of $15. The books will be available beginning on Sunday, August 19th!
In the workbook, the first five days will serve as an introduction. You’ll learn more about each of the five major principles that Jesus calls His followers to embody. From there, on each of the following 35 days, you will see a quote directly from the mouth of Jesus. The quotation will be followed by a devotion, one or more companion Bible readings, and a Challenge of how you might live out those specific words on that day. Some will be very specific and others will be very broad. Each day you will be encouraged to complete the Challenge.
The rhythm of a follower, or a disciple, of Jesus is to be both a hearer and a doer of what God says. That’s why for each day there’s a corresponding Bible story or passage as well as a Challenge for how to implement Christ’s words into your life. Too many followers of Jesus read the Bible but never put those words into practice. Likewise, there are many who do good works but aren’t sure why they are doing them. Putting God’s words into practice is much more effective when you are not alone. Many times it is hard to do what God asks. Some of the days you might feel like you want to give up. The entire church is invited to come alongside you on this journey. We will have three groups meeting on Sunday mornings to support each other during the challenge. Pastor, George Van Fossen, and Steve Harger will all be hosting a group beginning at 10:00 am each Sunday.
We live in an interactive world, and we want to know how this Challenge is going for you and how it is impacting you and your community. This Challenge will move you in many ways. You will have a lot of feelings and emotions as you go through it. This workbook is designed to capture those feelings, thoughts, and emotions. Be honest and fair with yourself as you complete the Challenges.
Finally, I encourage you to post your thoughts on our Facebook page and use the hashtag #RedLetterChallenge whenever you are referencing it on any social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, etc. Let us know how putting God’s words into practice went for the day. Was it easy? Was it hard? Why? Why not? Were you unable to complete the Challenge for today? If so, what got in the way?
Remember: We start Sunday, September 9th!