A Story WORTH SHARING
During our God's Story series, we discovered how God's story is also our story. We learned the astonishing truth that the Bible actually makes better sense of our story than any other story that has ever been told. It has the power to help us understand who we are and the world in which we live. It accounts for the beauty and the brokenness of our own lives. And it gives us hope that there is a point and a purpose to our story because it is a story that leads to the person of Jesus.
During Lent (the 40 days before Easter) we'll consider how God's story, our story is truly a story with sharing. Through four encounters with Jesus, we'll see how Jesus shares God's Story in a life-chainging way and ask how we can share the story that has changes us, too.
During 2016-2017, our entire community will be reading through the story of the Bible - God's Story! During the year our weekly sermons, community group discussions, personal and family devotions will all be designed to lead us through God's Story.
As part of this exciting journey we're challenging everyone to accept the Essential 100 Challenge. The E100 Challenge is an easy to use Bible reading plan built around 100 carefully selected short Bible passages — 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament.
Accept the E100 Challenge and you'll walk away with the big picture of God's Word and in the process develop a daily Bible reading habit that will change your life!
HOW E100 WORKS
The E100 readings are usually one to two chapters in length and can easily be read in 10 minutes or less. These readings have been organized into 20 sets of five readings each. We'll start together on September 18th with Genesis 1&2 and wrap things up at the end of February.
The resources below are designed to help you stay on track and complete the challenge. You can purchase them in lobby on Sundays starting September 4th. Credit/debit (including chip cards), cash, or check accepted.
Daily Planner & Punch Card
Everyone taking the challenge should get one of these these free, 8-panel fold-out cards. It is your road map to the study and it includes an outline of the readings, an action plan, and a punch-out progress tracker.
If you’re new to the Christian faith, investigating Christianity, or have never read the Bible on a regular basis before then this is a great place to start. The guide includes short weekly overviews, simple prayers, and reflection and application questions. Use the Red Guide or the Grey Guide (not both).
If you want to get the most out of the E100 challenge and go a little deeper, this guide includes extended reflections and commentary as well as space for you to journal. Use the Red Guide or the Gray Guide (not both).
Family Guide (children 7-12)
The Big Bible Challenge is a family devotional guide that inlcudes 100 readings arranged in 20 sections or “challenges” of 5 readings (usually 10-15 verses) each. One of the five passages is explored in detail and the other four in outline. Each section includes a Bible text, questions to help explore the Bible passage, prayer ideas, things to make or do and full color artwork. It’s a great tool to help parents and children work through the challenge together!
This edition of the guide is designed to help students engage with the Bible, individually and in group settings. It includes 100-mini studies based on the E100 reading plan as well as 20 sets of group discussion questions.