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Essential Jesus Challenge

The story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told! The Essential Jesus is an exciting way to get to know Jesus.

What is the Essential Jesus Challenge?
The story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told! The Essential Jesus is an exciting way to get to know Jesus. The secret to making the Bible come alive is to view reading it as an opportunity to have an encounter with the risen Christ, the one who loves you, who died for you and who desires to have a living relationship with you. This challenge will help you take an honest look at what Jesus said and did. There is nothing more important for your personal faith than simply reading the Bible. Do you dare to take the challenge?

Bible Reading Method

Now that you’ve decided on a time and a place, you’re ready to “dig in” to the Bible itself and begin The Essential Jesus Challenge!  The following Bible Reading Method is a simple, 5-step method developed by Scripture Union that has been used by millions of people around the world for over 100 years. Here’s how it works: 

Pray before reading the Scripture passage.  Remember, you’re beginning a dialog with God—not simply reading a book.  Ask God to help you understand the passage.  Amen! 

Read the passages you have picked out.

Reflect on what you just read and ask yourself:

  • What is the main point?
  • What does it reveal about God or about me?
  • Which person is most like me?  Why?
  • Which person is least like me?  Why?
  • What confuses or challenges me?
  • What delights or comforts me?  

Apply to your life what God teaches you and ask yourself: 

  • Did the passage contain an example to follow, warning to heed, promise to claim?
  • How can God’s Word apply to my life today at home, work, school or church?  
  • What does God require of me now, in thought, word or deed?
  • Who is God calling me to be?

Pray again.  Make your discoveries from the Bible the basis of your prayer time.  Thank God for meeting with you and sharing his Word with you.  Ask God to help you live out and apply what you learned.  Ask him to transform you.    Pray about your own needs and the needs of others.  Thank him for answers to prayers.   Amen!


The LEAF reminds us that we are gathered “to grow”.

We recall Jesus’ words, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a person remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5-6).

We offer learning opportunities for all ages and small groups designed to help you grow while fostering friendships with other people in a safe and caring environment. No one should stand alone.

More Opportunities to Grow

The Story at Home

Vacation Bible School

Essential Jesus

Stepping Stones

Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?

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