What is the Essential Jesus Challenge

The Essential Jesus is an exciting way to get to know Jesus. So here’s the challenge: Beginning October 15, 2018, read 5 short Bible passages each week for 20 weeks—25 from the Old Testament and 75 from the New Testament. 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. Will you dare to take the challenge?

Who is Jesus?                                                         The Birth of Jesus                                                       

1. Truth Beyond Facts: John 1:1-18                      31. Favor With God: Luke 1:26-56                                

2. Living Like Jesus: Philippians 2:1-11                 32. Just the Facts Matthew 1:18-25                              

3. It’s All About Jesus—Colossians 1:15-23          33. Blockbuster Truth: Luke 2:1-40                               

4. What is God Like? Hebrews 1:1-4                     34. Searching for Jesus: Matthew 2:1-23                     

5. The Big Church: 1 Peter 2:4-10                         35. His Father’s Son: Luke 2:41-52                              

The Need For a Savior                                            The Beginning Ministry of Jesus                              

6. It’s Sin! Genesis 3:1-24                                      36. This is My Son: Matthew 3:1-17                             

7. Stupid Sin: Exodus 32:1-33:6                            37. Deliver Us From Evil: Luke 4:1-13                          

8. Not Just The Bad Guys: Psalm 14:1-7              38. Who’s He Think He Is? Luke 4:14-30                     

9. He’s Against It: Isaiah 59:1-21                           39. With Authority! Luke 4:31-44                                  

10. Ho, Ho, Ho? Amos 5:1-27                               40. The Leadership Style of Jesus: Luke 5:1-11          

Previews of a Savior                                               The Sermons of Jesus                                                

11. Significant Symbols: Exodus 12:1-30              41. The “New” Reality: Matthew 5:1-48                        

12. True Bread: Exodus 16:1-35                            42. Hungry For God: Matthew 6:1-34                           

13. The Snakes: Numbers 21:4-9                          43. The Great Communicator: Matthew 7:1-29            

14. The New Temple: 1 Kings 8:1-21                    44. No More Mr. Nice Guy: Matthew 23:1-39               

15. Running on Empty: Jonah 1:1-4:11                 45. The End: Matthew 24:1-51                                      

Psalms About A Savior                                         The Parable of Jesus                                                  

16. The Case for Christ: Psalm 2:1-12                  46. Have Mercy! Luke 10:25-37                                    

17. At the Cross: Psalm 22:1-31                            47. Rich Toward God: Luke 12:13-21                           

18. Deep Waters: Psalm 69:1-36                           48. Happy Meal: Luke 14:1-24                                      

19. Who’s Talking? Psalm 110:1-7                        49. Sinners Welcome! Luke 15:1-32                             

20. Try to Remember: Psalm 118:1-29                 50. Uncommon Prayer: Luke 18:1-14                           

Prophecies About a Savior                                    More Parables of Jesus                                              

21. Chosen People: Genesis 12:1-9                     51. It’s Like…: Matthew 13:1-58                                   

22. The Good Shepherd: Jeremiah 23:1-9           52. The Generous Land Owner: Matt 20:1-16              

23. O Little Town of Bethlehem: Micah 5:1-5        53. I Wanna Be Ready: Matthew 25:1-46                     

24. The Humble King: Zechariah 9:9-17                54. One Way: John 10:1-18                                          

25. Future Clues: Zechariah 12:1-13:9                  55. The Vineyard Church: John 15:1-17                       

More Prophecies About a Savior                          The Miracles of Jesus                                                 

26. God With Us: Isaiah 7:1-25                              56. New Wine: John 2:1-11                                           

27. Hope for the Future: Isaiah 9:1-8                     57. Fear Factor: Mark 4:35-41                                      

28. Chosen Servant: Isaiah 42:1-9                        58. Miracle Meal: Matthew 14:22-33                             

29. Man of Sorrows: Isaiah 52:13-53:12                59. Seeing and Believing: Matthew 14:22-33               

30. Mission Statement: Isaiah 61:1-11                  60. Serious Fruit: Matthew 21:18-22                             

More Miracles of Jesus                              The Resurrection of Jesus                             

61. Lord I Believe: John 9:1-41                              81. Resurrection Thriller: Matthew 28:1-20                  

62. Band of Brothers: Luke 5:17-26                       82. Gospel Power: Mark 16:1-20                                  

63. Scary Story? Mark 5:1-20                                83. The Third Disciple: Luke 24:1-49                            

64. At His Feet: Mark 5:21-43                                84. Follow Me! John 20:1-21:25                                    

65. Resurrection Power: John 11:1-45                  85. Fact and Hope: 1 Corinthians                                 

The Prayers of Jesus                                              The Early Church of Jesus                                         

66. How Did Jesus Pray? Mark 1:29-39                86. A Vision for the Emergent Church: Rev 1:1-20      

67. The Joy of Prayer: Luke 10:1-24                     87. Unfaithful of Faithful? Revelation 2:1-11                

68. The School of Prayer: Luke 11:1-13                88. Hold On—Until I come: Revelation 2:12-29           

69. A Defining Prayer: John 17:1-26                      89. The Dead Church: Revelation 3:1-13                     

70. Pray Hard: Mark 14:32-42                                90. Lukewarm for God: Revelation 3:14-22                  

The Hard Sayings of Jesus                                    The Second Coming of Jesus                                   

71. Soul Food: John 6:25-71                                  91. The Greatest Sequel of All Time: Acts 1:1-11        

72. A House Divided: Mark 3:20-35                       92. If I Should Die Before I Wake: 1 Thess 4:13-5:11  

73. Prayer Guarantee: John 14:1-14                    93. Don’t Be Alarmed: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12            

74. Serious Forgiveness: Matthew 18:15-35         94. Waiting for…? 2 Peter 3:1-18                                 

75. Get Serious: Mark 8:31-9:1                              95. Only the Beginning: Revelation 21:1-22:21            

The Crucifixion of Jesus                                        Who is Jesus to You?                                                 

76. Busted! Matthew 26:47-56                               96. The Rich Do-Gooder: Matthew 19:16-30                

77. Kangaroo Count: Matthew 26:57-68                97. The Bottom Line: John 3:1-21                                

78. Courtyard Debacle: Matthew 26:69-27:10       98. No More Shame: John 4:1-42                                 

79. It’s All About You, Jesus: Luke 22:66-23:25      99. Angry You Man: Acts 9:1-19                                   

80. Remember Me: Luke 23:26-56                        100. The Essential Jesus Challenge: Luke 9:18-27