Okay, you are ready for the Challenge, but how does it work? What’s this going to look like?
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. That’s why I suggest bringing someone along with you in this Challenge. Pick someone you trust. Do the Challenge with this person and use each other as accountability partners. Or even better, grab a few friends, your staff, or even your entire church, and invite them to come alongside you on this journey.
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?