I have been preaching on the 4 key words of the vision for the church. Last week I preached on the word reaching: reaching out in the name of Christ. Yesterday I preached on moving: moving forward in Christ. It really was a message on discipleship. Too many times we want to challenge people coming into the church to do things that we do not do ourselves. I made a huge challenge to the Church as a whole yesterday. I challenged the church to pray for five minutes a day (not too bad) and read through the New Testament in 30 days. It means that they will have to read 8 chapters or so per day. The challenge was a little more than that though, I had a reading plans for those who were willing to come up and get them. I did that because too many times we make commitments in the pews and never tell anyone and then we stop doing what we committed to. I made 50 copies and thought I might have 20 -30 of the 125 that are there regularly come up. I ran out and had to make more copies. It ended up that about 75 choose to make the commitment to read the New Testament through in 30 days! I was overwhelmed and I am so excited to see what God is going to do in a church that immerses themselves in his Word!
I have really thrown the challenge out to them and now pray they follow through. I am learning that we need to keep a constant challenge before the church to grow in His grace and knowledge.
What challenge have given the church or have you been given?