Essential Jesus Challenge
To take the Challenge, you'll need a Bible and we highly recommend you also purchase The Essential Jesus guidebook. The Essential Jesus Challenge guides participants through 100 short Bible passages following the storyline of Jesus Christ—25 from the Old Testament and 75 from the New Testament—over a 20-week period. While it is possible to take the J100 challenge without the book, we cannot stress enough how helpful it is to have the book in front of you to guide your readings, provide discussion questions, and give you prayers, reflections on each reading and ways to apply the reading to your daily life. Those who used the E100 book last year said it was incredibly helpful and made E100 both easier to finish and more meaningful. It's one thing to quickly read through a few Bible verses, it's an entirely different experience when you take time to pray, reflect on the reading and consider how it applies to your life today. So, please consider buying a copy of the book "The Essential Jesus," or at the very least, check it out from the library.
Finally, we want to stress that the best way to take the J100 Challenge is with another person or as part of a discussion group. At the end of each 5-reading section in The Essential Jesus, you'll find a page of discussion questions. Each week, read through the set of five readings on your own. Then get together with your friends, family (it would be awesome for families to form their own in-home J100 group) or discussion group to talk about what you've learned. When you get together, start by encouraging each person to share their questions/insights from the readings. Then, use the discussion questions to help you continue your conversation. You'll find that reading through the Bible with others creates a positive motivation to keep going and makes your experience of God's Word more meaningful. Anyone who was part of an E100 discussion group can tell you that it was a very valuable experience that made E100 much better than trying to do it alone. Please join us as we seek to learn more about the most influential person in history--our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The J100- Essential Jesus Challenge begins at Zion on January 8 and lasts for 20 weeks. Our weekly sermons/messages will focus on the weekly J100 readings throughout the 20 weeks. We will aslo be offering several discussion groups during the J100 challenge and encourage you to join one or start your own group in your home, neighborhood or other location.
The weekly meeting time we be as follows:
Sundays @ 10:00AM in the Quilter/Adult Forum Room
Sundays @ 7:00PM at the Waterville Fire Station
Mondays @ 7:00AM at the Coffee Gallery in Waterville
Wednesdays @ 10:00AM in Zion's Conference Room
Wednesdays @ 7:00AM at Dino's Restaurant, Maumee
Thursdays @ 7:00AM in Zion's Conference Room
Thursdays @ 5:00PM in Zion's Library
If you are looking for resources, readings and a timeline of our J100 journey to discover the answer to the most important question in the world- "Who is Jesus"-- you will find them posted below.
If you have a smart phone, you can download the YouVersion app which comes with an essential Jesus reading plan built in. Visit http://www.youversion.com/mobile.
You could also use your computer to create an account at YouVersion which will then allow you to select the Essential Jesus Bible reading plan and track your daily progress. (Note that the YouVersion plan is a 100 day plan, so you will need to use our J100 guide to help you find each days reading). Click here for YouVersion.