The New Testament Challenge
Want to shake up the way you read the Bible? Take the New Testament Challenge! Read through the whole New Testament in a simple but revolutionary edition of the New Testament called The Books of the Bible, New Testament. By reading this Bible, which arranges the books in a disruptive yet insightful sequence, you gain insights and make connections between books in a way that is both revealing and fascinating. Pastor Jeff Manion introduces the books you will be reading in the coming week, sharing the key characters and themes you will encounter as you read, giving insights into the relevance of each book of the New Testament.
New Testament Challenge is part of a whole-Bible engagement program called Community Bible Experience. Similar church-wide experiences are available for the books of the Old Testament, offered in three 8-week sessions:
Study Journal Bible
Community Bible Experience Promotional Materials and Quick Start Guide
Reading Plan Bookmarks (New Testament)
Study Guide First Chapter
Children's Curriculum - Preschool (New Testament)
Children's Curriculum - Early Elementary (New Testament)
Children's Curriculum - Later Elementary (New Testament)
New Testament Challenge - Session 1 - Luke-Acts
The New Testament asks, "How can the presence of God be restored?" The answer is, God himself enters the planet in Jesus. In the gospel of **Luke**, we explore the themes of the early events of Jesus's life, the place of women, the ministry that took place during meals, and the Holy Spirit. The r...
The New Testament Challenge - Session 2 - Luke-Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians
The main themes of **Acts** are its places, the sermons that were preached, conflict and persecution, and the movement of the Holy Spirit. The key lesson of Acts is that God is at work in our disappointment. In the epistles to the **Thessalonians**, Paul gives encouragement in their suffering, an...
The New Testament Challenge - Session 3 - 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans
Paul's letters to the **Corinthians** answer their burning questions about some of the grey areas, and address their troubling problems that were causing division amongst them. His letter to the **Galatians** focuses on our inner transformation and the fruit of the Spirit. In **Romans** we get a ...
The New Testament Challenge - Session 4 - Romans, Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, Philippians, 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy
Paul warns the **Colossians** that a growing faith is a threatened faith. The **Ephesians** needed to know that belonging drives behavior. Paul pled with **Philemon** to restore a runaway slave. To the **Philippians** he wrote that even when we are where we don't want to be, God can use our lives...
The New Testament Challenge - Session 5 - Matthew
The main themes in the gospel of **Matthew** are the fulfillment of prophecy, the ways Jesus' life replicates the history of Israel, non-Jewish people coming to Jesus, and Jesus' authority. The main question to ask yourself from Matthew is, "Does Christ have authority over you?"
The New Testament Challenge - Session 6 - Hebrews, James, Mark
**Hebrews** draws the contrast between the old system and Jesus' new system. The main lesson of the books is that the journey of following God has always been a journey of trust. In **James** we see how faith impacts our daily walk; Scripture is intended not for information but transformation. **...
The New Testament Challenge - Session 7 - 1-2 Peter, Jude, John
**Peter's** letters come from a man whose life lesson could be summed up by saying Jesus is not done with us yet, no matter the failure. He shows us how to endure persecution, and Peter and **Jude** assure us Jesus will keep his promise to return and restore the world. The gospel of **John** was ...
The New Testament Challenge - Session 8 - 1-3 John, Revelation
In **1-3 John** we are struck by how Jesus knows what it means to be human. We are called to love one another, watch out for false teachers, and open our homes to true teachers. **Revelation** is the story of the re-creation of the world. The Bible begins with the presence of God and the loss of ...