Challenges

Lent Challenge

 Lent Challenge:
Find ways to get fit with Jesus both spiritually and physically.
A good starting point is showing up at God’s gym – the church!
#GetFitWithJesus #godsgymisthechurch #lentchallenge #fumctaylor


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Luke 6:17-26

20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,
    for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you[a] on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

24 “But woe to you who are rich,
    for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now,
    for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who are laughing now,
    for you will mourn and weep.

26 “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

Challenge
Who in our community do we need to see and reach out to?
Who in our community can we help?
What would Jesus have you do today?


Challenge

 Challenge: How have you followed Jesus this week? Have you been fishing for people?
Have you been getting out of the comfort of the shallow waters and gone deep fishing with Jesus?
Have you been leading people to follow Jesus? Luke 5:1-11


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Challenge: How did you Love someone this week?
#Love


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Challenge
 
The Gospel of Jesus will continue to be told.
The question is, will you be a part of that storytelling
by being a first-person life and heart witness to the risen Christ?
Can your life become a living witness for Jesus? 
 
How have you been a witness this week?
Luke 24:36-48


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Challenge
For God so loved the world that Jesus was sent to give us a second chance at doing life.
The world includes all of creation, not just church people, not just our friends and families,
not just our community, but everyone.

Can you follow God’s lead and find someone outside of your circle to love this week?

John 3:14-21



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Weekly Challenge
In cleansing of the temple, Jesus is teaching us about the purging that needs to take place in our own lives, our group gatherings, and our places of worship — keeping it holy and sacred.

What does Jesus need to flip the tables on and get a whip to drive out?
 
During this Lenten season, invite Jesus to come into your life, your home,
your gathering and worship spaces to purge and purify what doesn’t belong.

John 2:13-22



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Challenge

If you have identified Jesus as the Messiah, then this Lenten season, don’t get distracted by other voices and paths. Don’t take the easy and popular route. Rather, pick up your cross and follow the path of Christ, even when it’s awfully heavy and inconvenient many times. At the cross is Christ, our life-line, our redeemer and God.

What is distracting you from following Christ? What self-interest can you let go in order to focus more on Jesus’ call to follow?

Mark 8:27-38



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Challenge: Lent is about life in the wilderness and our search for God. In the wilderness, we’re constantly tempted by evil forces and beasts. Nonetheless, we must remember that angels are also present, empowering us to continue moving towards God. How might you use your wilderness experience to witness Christ to someone else?
Mark 1:9-15


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Challenge: Jonah was very upset that God showed mercy to the people of Nineveh. He wanted God to destroy them. Yes, Jonah had no problem receiving God’s grace repeatedly. We judge others based on their actions, but ourselves based on our intentions. We start comparing sins and we always come out deserving grace, but not them. When we think God agrees with us all the time, we can be certain we’ve created God in our own image. God’s mercy and grace is not dependent on our preference, bu is available to everyone. Who can you show grace to this week? Jonah, Chapter 4