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The Essential Jesus Challenge For Small Groups
You can take the Essential Jesus Challenge any number of ways but one of the best is in a small group, such as a Sunday School class or home Bible study group. Taking the Challenge this way provides you with positive motivation to keep your readings "on track" with the others in the group and makes your experience more meaningful as you share and discuss what you've learned and discovered about Jesus.
Your group may already have a time and place to meet. You may also already have a group leader - someone to organise the group and lead the discussion. If not, it's a good idea to get the group together once just to set the "game plan": who will lead or facilitate the group, what time, place and how often to meet, your goal for when the Challenge will end, and whether there will be child care provided.
After a time, place and group leader are set, everyone in the group will need at least three things: an easy-to-read version of the Bible such as the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT) or the Contemporary English Version (CEV)), a copy of the companion book Essential Jesus or one of the Apps and of course an open mind.
Essential Jesus tells you which passage of Scripture to read and the commentary helps you reflect on and apply the main points, but it won't make sense unless you read the Bible passages themselves. In the companion book there are a series of questions at the end of each week's readings designed to stimulate and guide a group discussion of those passages. Taking the Essential Jesus Challenge in a small group needn't be difficult and it can be very rewarding as members develop not only a deeper understanding of Jesus but also a closer relationship with each other.
Some Tips to Help Get Your Essential Jesus Challenge Small Group Started:
Gather Your Resources
Create a Welcoming Atmosphere
Invite and Encourage Discussion
Learn and Live