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Ecclesiastes 4:10 “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up; but pity anyone who falls and has no one to help him up.”

Several times in the Bible we see Jesus reaching out to help people, whether it’s healing a man who’s been blind since birth (John 9), or a woman who has been bleeding for 12 years (Matthew 9:20-22). Jesus always takes the time to help someone in need. The greatest example of this is when Jesus is hanging on the cross. He is suffering. He is suffocating. He is dying. The thief next to him cries out, “Jesus! Remember me when you enter your kingdom!” And Jesus takes the time to comfort him and reassure him he will be with him in paradise. Wow! Jesus never misses an opportunity to help a person in need.

QUESTION 1. Could you think back and describe the last time you had the opportunity to reach out to help someone?
QUESTION 2. Have there ever been times where you had the opportunity to reach out to someone but you passed on it? (Explain)
CHALLENGE: Look around at the people in your life. Who is it that could use your help or encouragement? A friend? A family member? A stranger on the street? We challenge you to take the time, to get out of your comfort zone and help those who need it, because you never know when it might be your last opportunity.




Matthew 5:13-14

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

 For most of my high school and early college life I would go to church on Sunday, youth group on Sunday night, and act like the best little Christian who ever did live. Come Monday I would be right back living my other life ignoring God, ignoring the cries of the helpless and rejecting living as Jesus did. It was a horrible double life. Unfortunately, this is how many of us live.

If we want to be effective witnesses for Jesus in this dark world then we need to live in the light. We can’t say we are followers of Jesus one minute and curse his children the next. When people see us treating others badly, our preaching of Jesus will fall on deaf ears. They will call us hypocrites and it will do more damage than good.

You are the salt and light of this earth. As the verse in Matthew later says, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Don’t hide your light. This world is in desperate need of the truth and light of Jesus and it is our job to show the world who Jesus is. Be the same person Sunday as you are Monday through Saturday so your light can shine before men (Matt. 5:16)

QUESTION 1. Do you live the same Monday through Saturday as you do on Sunday? If not, stop living the double life; it hinders your testimony.
QUESTION 2. Have friends ever been shocked to find out you are a Christian because of the way you conduct yourself around them?
CHALLENGE: Be the salt and light of Jesus each and every day, no matter how unpopular it may be.




Mark 16:15

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

When you think about Christianity what comes to your mind? For many, being a Christian is really just about going to church on Sundays. For others, being a Christian is about knowing who Jesus is and what he did on the cross; but is this all that Christianity is? While going to church and knowing Jesus and what he did on the cross is an important part of being a Christian, that’s not all Christianity is about. Christianity is also about following Christ’s teachings to love and to go into the entire world and preach the gospel. Christianity is also about sharing the good news of what Jesus Christ has done for all those who will believe (John 3:16). We have to put ourselves in situations that are sometimes very uncomfortable, and we must be willing to face ridicule from others, even our friends and family. Jesus never said it would be easy, but he did tell us to go out into “all the world” sharing the good news about what he did on the cross and how he defeated death itself for all who believe.

QUESTION 1. Are there people that you know who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Make a list. Out of this list, do you have any people you would call good friends who don’t have a relationship with Christ?
QUESTION 2. Have you taken the time to follow Jesus’ command in Mark 16:15 to share the gospel with those who do not have a relationship with him? If so, how did it go? If not, why not, what’s stopping you?
CHALLENGE: Jesus died on the cross, paid the price for our sinfulness, and resurrected from death itself. This is nothing short of amazing! We challenge you to stop waiting around for just the right moment; put yourself out there and go out and tell the world about it!




Joel 2:25-26

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.”

I remember the first time God called me to preach a sermon. The pastor of the church I was serving at in Cambodia looked right at me and said with no uncertainty, “Next week you will teach us something about God.” I was terrified. I never thought of myself as a preacher and I usually hated getting up in front of people. As I fretted and worried the whole week leading up to Sunday, my teammate stopped all that in its tracks when he told me, “God knows what he’s doing. He will equip you.”

So I gave my worries and the sermon to God and surprise, surprise, he came through on Sunday. God spoke amazing words of encouragement through me to the Cambodian people. Fear can paralyze us from moving forward with what God has for us. We worry about failing, or looking stupid, but seriously, how bad can it be? Sure, you may fail, but even that is a teaching and growing moment. Pick yourself up and go again; God is right there with you, failures and all.

QUESTION 1. Can you recall a time when God called you to do something scary or hard? Did you do it or did you let fear of failure take the upper hand?
QUESTION 2. What is the worst that can possibly happen if you step out in faith to what God is calling you to? Honestly, is it really that bad?
CHALLENGE: Take a giant leap of faith and let God use you, knowing full well that you could fail, but also that God will be right there with you.




Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 After college, I spent a year doing overseas mission work. This may sound weird, but my favorite type of ministry was bar ministry. After a full day of work we would go to the bars with the intention of loving on someone and showing them Jesus’ love. Many of my supporters back home scoffed at this and some even stopped donating, but it was the bar ministry where we found that Christ shined brightest. If not us, then who would reach them?

Many will say that after you become a Christian you need to get rid of your old life and all your old friends. This may be a good idea for some, especially those who may be susceptible to falling back into that old temptation, but for others this is the perfect chance to bring your light into a dark world. If they see you, someone who was previously “one of them”, become someone totally different, then they will have questions and want to know what happened. It is such a great opportunity to tell them about Jesus.

But I must say this again: If hanging with the same crowd and frequenting the same places will cause you to fall away from Jesus, avoid it at all costs. Sometimes we have to cut an area off completely. We just need to be in prayer about it and ask God for discernment. If He wants you on the front lines witnessing to your old friends, then do it. He will give you the strength and willpower.

QUESTION 1. When you became a Christian did you have to give up some area of your previous life?
QUESTION 2. Do you feel like God may be calling you to witness to those very same people you left behind?
CHALLENGE: Take every opportunity you’re presented with to share the love of Christ with others. In hostile places or not, Jesus will always be with you.




John 14:12

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

There is a certain amount of romanticism that surrounds the thought of doing overseas missions. There are the exotic locations, the weird and diverse cultural experiences, and the way in which it seems like God is working overtime. But the truth is that God is working just as much right where you are in your seemingly boring town, job, home, or school.

While Jesus was on earth he performed crazy miracles of healing and even cast out demons. But what’s even crazier is that the Bible tells us that the same works that Jesus did, we can do, too. And not only that, but we’ll be able to do even greater things because we have the Holy Spirit. How can we continue to neglect and ignore this awesome power God has given us?

We need to stop believing that the only place God is working is in overseas missions or with someone else. Your mission begins right where you are. Step out in faith in small ways, such as praying for someone or serving a person in need. You’ll begin to notice, when you step out of your comfort zone, that God will use you in bigger and bigger ways and you’ll see God working, right where you are.

QUESTION 1. In what ways has God been evident in your everyday life?
QUESTION 2. In what ways will you step out in faith? Make a plan and then follow through.
CHALLENGE: Don’t wait for some great call to go do overseas missions; start serving God right where you are.




Philippians 1:27

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel….

One thing that really stands out to me about Jesus is that he did not go around demanding that people listen to him or believe what he said. Jesus simply lived in such a way that his words and his actions aligned. He knew who He was and He lived accordingly. People were impacted by what Jesus had to say because they knew how he lived. They were also intrigued by how He lived because of what He said. There was value in both His words and His actions because they were consistent.

The best way to share the Gospel is to live like you believe it! People would not want to believe what you say if they do not see how it impacts your life. This does not mean you have to live a perfect life to be a good example. It means living your life in a way that admits your weaknesses and your need to depend upon God in everything. It is okay to be messy; God is in the business of making something beautiful out of our messiness.

You are created in the image of God. You are created with a purpose and you are no mistake. You are forgiven. You are empowered by Christ’s strength. You are a part of something bigger than yourself. You are fully known and deeply loved. Let your words and actions reflect that in all areas of your life, and others will notice.

QUESTION 1. In what areas are your words and your actions not aligned with the heart and life of Jesus?
QUESTION 2. How can you live out your identity in Christ in your everyday life?
CHALLENGE: NToday, share the love of Jesus with at least 3 people that may be difficult to love. Let your words and your actions reflect Christ’s love.




Romans 8:31

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

I heard this interview with magician and atheist Penn Jillette many years ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. In it he said, “How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them about it?” There’s a sucker punch to the gut for you.

Why is it that, as Christians, we find it so hard to share the good news with others? That’s what we are here to do! Yet we get scared that people won’t accept us or that they’ll make fun of or persecute us. Well guess what? Jesus said that just as the world hated him it would hate us as well. He said that we will be persecuted, but he also said that through all of it He would be with us and He would overcome the world.

Penn makes a heart-wrenching point. If we believe that the gospel is the greatest, most true, most beautiful news of all time, then how can we possibly keep it to ourselves? How selfish and unloving of us! We must walk with courage and love knowing that God is for us as we tell others about the saving grace of Jesus and the everlasting life found in him.

QUESTION 1. Are you trying to face trials on your own? What was your most recent trial and how did you go about handling it?
QUESTION 2. Do you believe that God can really take care of you in your trials? Pray, talk with Him about your concerns.
CHALLENGE: Next time a trial of any kind comes your way, don’t try to rely on our own strength. You will fail. Give it to God, rely on his strength and be joyful knowing that he will see you through.




Romans 10:14-15

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

One Christmas, my family received the most incredible news. My sister and brother-in-law announced that they were expecting a baby! Now, I had been wanting a niece or nephew for quite some time, so I was beyond excited. This was great news! Throughout the months that followed, I would look at my sister with so much excitement and joy in my heart. She seemed more beautiful to me since she’d told us the news. I know it sounds silly, but good news has a way of changing everything. This news, though, is nowhere near as good as the news we are called to spread to the world.

Each and every one of us has access to the best news there will ever be. We have heard the good news of Jesus’ transforming victory through his life, death, and resurrection. We get to share in that victory! Nothing is going to stop God from loving us! This news has the power to change everything. Far too often we shy away from sharing this Gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ with others because of fear of how others will respond. However, if we truly believe that this news can change lives, then we have nothing to fear. When people are changed by the love of Christ, they will view you, the bearer of that love, with gratitude and excitement.

Let the goodness of God’s transforming love lead you to share that love with everyone around you. How will they hear the good news if you aren’t the one to share it?

QUESTION 1. How has the Gospel of Jesus Christ changed your life?
QUESTION 2. What keeps you from sharing the good news with others?
CHALLENGE: Love others radically this week in the name of Jesus.




2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Have you ever had the opportunity to tell someone about the good news of Jesus Christ? Have you ever come across a moment in time where you had the chance to tell someone about who Jesus was and is, how he lived his life, how he died on the cross for our sin, and most importantly how he was raised back to life? As Christians it can be very scary to approach someone and share the gospel with them. Questions like, am I a good enough Christian to tell someone else about Jesus, what will they think of me if I begin to share, will they think I’m some sort of weirdo? Many fears begin to pop into our heads when we put Jesus and the needs of others before our own. However, it’s important to remember what the apostle Paul told Timothy, that is, there is no reason to be afraid. Once we place our faith in Christ, God gives Christians the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide our lives. And it’s important to note that the Holy Spirit is not a spirit of fear or timidity, but rather of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). No matter what obstacles or fears come our way, know that we can overcome them with the help and strength of the Holy Spirit, and that’s a promise to cling to.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever taken the chance to tell another person about Christ and the good news of what he has done for us on the cross? If so, how did it go? Were you afraid?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever been too afraid to share the gospel of Christ with others? Do you have any friends that do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Have you shared the good news with them?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to rely on the Holy Spirit and pick one friend that you know does not have a relationship with Jesus Christ to share the gospel with this week. Take time and pray everyday for this person and speak with all the love and humility of Jesus Christ!




1 Timothy 6:17-18

17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

If someone were to ask you if you are rich, how would you respond? Did you know that if you live in the United States you are wealthy beyond what most others in the world even dream of? The fact is, the average salary in the U.S. is 99% higher than that of the world’s population. If you live in the United States, and your combined household income is only $10,000.00 a year, you are still richer than 84% of the rest of the world. The problem with many of us is that we don’t believe that we are rich. We tend to focus much more on what we don’t have rather than on what we do have. But face it, the very fact that you have the right and ability to be educated makes you rich. The roof over your head at night, the food on your table, the clothes you wear (outdated or not) make you rich beyond the majority of the world’s population. God has blessed you immeasurably, and as God has blessed you, so you now are to bless others with what you have been given.

God wants you to use what you have to alleviate the hurt and pain of others. He want’s you to love and care for those around you. God wants you to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others, freely sharing and giving of the blessings you have been given. You don’t need Bill Gate’s kind of money to begin helping others. Like Pastor Bryant stated in the video, look at what you have around your house and really begin to think about how you can bless others with what you’ve been blessed with. You can use whatever you have at your disposal right now, whether it’s a dollar bill, taking the time to bake a dessert for someone, sharing something with someone who is in need, etc. The list can go on and on; use whatever you have to bring the good news of God’s love to others.

QUESTION 1. Are you rich? (Explain why or why not)
QUESTION 2. Read 1 Timothy 6:17-18 above. How do these verses impact and change the way you view your wealth?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to be generous with your riches. Give to those in need, and share the good news of Jesus Christ through your words and your blessings.




Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 You never know when God is going to use you to touch someone’s life. Your agenda may say, “Got to run to the post office, get these groceries, then grab lunch with a friend,” while God’s agenda may say, “That’s all great but there’s this homeless man who you’re going to walk by. I want you to give him some of your groceries and talk with him.”

Every day that we wake up and draw breath, God has something for us to do or someone to love. We are his hands and feet and we have to always be ready and willing to put a halt on our agendas and take up God’s agenda. Sometimes it’s hard to know what God has for you in any given day, that’s why it’s super important to dig into God’s Word and really know his heart. Also, just praying and saying, “God, I give you my day; show me what you have for me,” will help reveal his will as well as create an open and willing heart in you. There is your flawed and selfish agenda, and then there is God’s perfect one; which would you rather follow?

QUESTION 1. Do you plan out every detail of your day leaving no room for God to use you?
QUESTION 2. Do you spend time getting to know God better through prayer and his Word so that you can better know his heart and plan?
CHALLENGE: God’s Word is alive. Dig into it and see where He leads you.




John 15:12,13;18

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. … If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

From the birth of humanity, people have had an insatiable need to be loved. It’s how Christ created us to live and be. There was a time when humanity was one with God and one within his love, that is until one fatal day that humanity’s desire to be equal with God separated all of us from God (Genesis 3).

Jesus’ disciple, John, describes God beautifully in one word, “Love” (1 John 4:8). Therefore, you could say that when humanity was separated from God it was, in fact, separated from Love. Imagine being created to live within God’s love, and just resting in it every day. Unfortunately, the truth is, because of our separation from God, a void has been created within all of us. A void that demands to be filled by Love itself.

Jesus Christ new this well when he commanded believers to love each other and to lay down their lives for each other. Christ’s message of salvation to humanity is the opposite of the world’s message of salvation. The world’s message lets us know that the more fame and money we accumulate for ourselves in this life the more fulfilled we will be. Christ’s message proclaims that it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than it is for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle (Matt. 19:24). The world encourages many and diverse sexual experiences, but Christ calls us to sexual purity (Mark 7:21; Colossians 3:5; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Corinthians 6:9,15). The world tells us to build up security here on earth for ourselves. Christ tells us to build our security in heaven (Matthew 16:19-21).[Matthew 16:19-21 doesn’t seem like the correct verse.]

The truth is, the world hates Jesus the Christ and, if you are a true friend and a follower of Christ, Jesus promises that the world will hate you too. Are you ready for that? Are you ready to fill the void in you with Christ and trade all your money, fame, relationships and security for him alone?

QUESTION 1. What are some of the ways you have tried to fill the void in your life by using the things of this world (e.g. money, fame, food, relationships, security, etc.)?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever tried giving your world (e.g. money, fame, food, relationships, security, etc.) to Christ? If not, what are some steps you could take to do that?
CHALLENGE: Don’t be afraid of this message, embrace its truth and know that God is Love and Christ is the only way to truly fill the void.




Matthew 25:23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'”

There is a wise saying that “one should never despise small beginnings.” So often we tend to push and push and push for some great vision of who we want to be in the future that we often forget about who we are right here and right now. Don’t get twisted, it’s good to have a God size vision, but we can’t forget about what God can be doing through us right here and right now. When Jesus walked upon this earth he had an awesome vision for the world’s future, but if you look closely at his life, he never neglected the here and now. Jesus took time to love and connect with people every day. Like Jesus we too need to seek out the little opportunities that come our way. If we do, God will bless us and will multiply his ministry through us.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever thought about what vision God has for your future? What are some of your gifts and passions? How can you use those gifts and passions for his glory and your future together?
QUESTION 2. Having a vision and using your gifts and passions to further the Kingdom of God is great, but what can you do day to day to share God’s love with others around you? How can you share God’s love every time you come into contact with someone (without being cheesy) today?
CHALLENGE: Christ took time to connect with people every day, whether on a street (Matthew 9:35), at the side of a well (John 4), or up in a tree (Luke 19). God runs most ministries on a one by one basis, and, honestly, that’s where most lives are touched. Our challenge to you is to think big but go small by seeking God for the little opportunities that come up each day; opportunities that will enable you to share his love with all those around you.




John 4:9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?

Are there people you find undesirable to you? Are there people you would rather not associate with or even be near? That’s how the Jews felt about the Samaritans. Thankfully Jesus was no ordinary Jew. We need to see others through the eyes of Jesus, and only then will we see past the labels and stereotypes people place on each other. Evangelism doesn’t have to be just preaching on a street corner repent or perish, but it can be done through friendship and love. We encourage you to see things in others that others refuse to see, and share the love of Christ with someone today!

QUESTION 1. Have you ever thought about evangelism? I mean really thought about the best way to tell others about the good news of Jesus Christ? (What ideas come to mind)
QUESTION 2. When was the last opportunity you had to talk to someone about your faith in Jesus? Did you take the opportunity or did you let it pass? (Explain)
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to go out and talk to people. Take a chance to share your faith in love. Get to know people that the religious people would consider to be unclean and see them as Jesus sees them today!
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