A 40 DAY LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE
(Excerpts below are from the Red Letter Challenge website)
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. At 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 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?
The RLC sermon series will kickoff on Sunday, October 7. Day 1 of reading the book will begin on Tuesday, October 9. We encourage YOU and YOUR FAMILY to engage in the RLC in 3 ways:
I. GET THE BOOK
The Red Letter Challenge, authored by Past Zach Zehnder, will be the book we use during our 40 day challenge together. It will be available (suggested donation of $15) on Sundays in the Fellowship Center, by contacting Madelyn Sosinski or you can donate online HERE and pick up your book at the church.
II. COME ON SUNDAYS
Every Sunday during the Red Letter Challenge, the sermon messages will kick-off that week’s theme and daily readings. We invite and strongly encourage you to come EACH SUNDAY.
III. JOIN A GROUP
A critical, impactful part of the RLC is journeying through it WITH OTHERS! RLC Groups encourage accountability, fellowship, relationship building and structure while you journey through the challenge.
Starting Sunday, September 16 – Sunday, October 7, signups will be available to join a group. Head out into the Fellowship Center and look for the RLC Group table. There you will see over 12 groups meeting at different times and days of the week.
Groups will begin meeting during the week of October 14 and go through the week of November 11 for a total of five weeks. You can signup with a group when you grab a book or by contacting Madelyn Sosinski.
Are you already in a small group or meet regularly with a group of people for Bible study? Would your busy family like to do the challenge together? Contact Madelyn Sosinski. for the RLC Group devotion guide.
Need more information?
Visit the Red Letter Challenge website HERE.
Contact Madelyn Sosinski.
Sunday Series Information
What if we stopped reading about Jesus and started putting his Red Letter words into practice? What if following Jesus is not as complicated as you think? What if we stopped trying to find our purpose and our place? What if by putting the words of Jesus into practice, we discover who He is and who He has created us to be? If you ask these and other questions, then join us as we take the Red Letter Challenge.
October 7: Introduction
New testament Reading: Matthew 7: 24-27
More than half of the words in the Gospels come from the mouth of Jesus. These are the Red Letters of Scripture. We memorize them, we quote them, we write books about them, we post them on social media. Jesus called us to do none of these things. He called us to do them!
October 14: Week 1 – BEING
New Testament Reading: Matthew 11:25-30
Let’s face it, life is busy. Too busy! You’re five days into the Red Letter Challenge. If you’re like most people, you’ve already missed a day or two, or three, or five. In our desire to follow Jesus we often jump into action and forget that our DOING flows out of our BEING with Jesus. In the coming weeks, Jesus will call us to Forgive, to Serve, to Give, and to Go. None of these are possible unless we first learn to rest in Being with Jesus.
October 21: Week 2 – FORGIVING
New Testament Reading: John 7:53-8:11
As followers of Jesus we are always asking, “What is my purpose?” We ask the question, but do we really want the answer? What if the answer is to forgive that person who has wounded you deeply? What if the answer is to put down your self-righteous stones that make you feel better than others. What if Jesus is calling His followers to be known for what they are FOR than what they are AGAINST?
October 28: Week 3 – SERVING
New Testament Reading: John 13:6-17
We are motivated by expectations. We give and serve but we expect something in return. We may start without expectations but at some point, we ask, “What’s in it for me?” As we follow Jesus and put his words into action, He calls us to serve without expecting anything in return. This is the true heart of a servant.
November 4: Week 4 – GIVING
New Testament Reading: Luke 9:10-17
Today is day 27 of the 40-day Red Letter Challenge. So far we have journeyed through Being, Forgiving, and Serving. Now we begin one of the most challenging weeks – Giving. There are more Red Letters about giving than almost any other subject. So why is this one more difficult than others? Maybe because you have never experienced how the Lord multiplies your giving for His Kingdom work. This week, Jesus invites you to put Him to the test.
November 11: Week 5 – GOING
New Testament Reading: Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus and His disciples began their journey on a mountain in Galilee. After His death and resurrection, Jesus brings His disciples back to the mountain where it all started. Jesus brings them back to their simple beginning. At the beginning they are reminded that His words are trustworthy and true. They are reminded that every Red Letter happened just as Jesus said it would. The challenge for the disciples, and for us, is will we follow His call to “Go and make disciples?”
November 18: Red Letter Challenge Wrap-up
New Testament Reading: John 15:1-17
The Red Letter challenge is over. How did you do? Did you make it all the way through? Did you start and stop a few times? Did you only do a few days? Did you read the devotions but not act on them? Whatever your experience, Jesus calls you to continue to trust His Words and do them. But before you keep following Him and trusting Him, Jesus reminds you that He is your source of strength. For He says, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.”