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More on Challenges
The focus In step 2 - Lessons is to construct what you can learn from the passage. The focus in this step 3 - Challenges is to see how each Lesson touches your life. To do that, take each Lesson and turn it into a question that challenges you. Like this:

- Lesson: Be careful in your daily actions to not associate with evil.
- Challenge: Am I willing to separate myself from worldly influences?

- Lesson: God doesn't always jump in and rescue us.
- Challenge: Am I willing to realize my actions have consequences and face them?

- Lesson: God is patient, He withholds judgement.
- Challenge: Am I willing to be patient with God's timing in my life? He is patient with me.

You are basically asking yourself if you are willing to
do what the passage is teaching. Think of the things you do in a typical day, and look for a place where the Lesson would make a difference in what you did or said or felt. Then ask yourself whether you are willing to do or think that new way.

Wherever possible, as you construct your Challenge question, make the question practical and more about something you could do today rather than sweeping generalizations like, "Am I willing to always obey God?" A better challenge might be, "Am I willing to not loose my temper from exit 15 to exit 20 as I drive to work today?"

When you make the Challenge specific ("not loose my temper while driving"), you can visualize yourself doing it right. When you limit the scope ("as I drive from exit 15 to exit 20 today") you make the Challenge possible to do.

Here is what we have said about Challenges so far. Notice how this is applied in the 2 examples that follow.
#3 - Challenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • Take each lesson from Step 2 and turn it into a question.
  • Begin the question with something like, "Am I willing to…"
  • You are basically asking yourself if your are willing to Do what the passage is teaching.
  • Make the question specific so you can visualize yourself doing it right.
  • Make the question limited, something you could do today.

Example (John 6:35)
This passage is from the Gospel of John in the New Testament. Out of the four accounts of Jesus' life on earth—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—John is the one that uses the simplest language. But the author uses simple words like "light," "darkness," "life," "thirst," and "hunger," to paint pictures that are rich with implications. As you study this verse with me, notice what rich concepts are described by these simple words.
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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#1 - Facts (What do you see in the verse?)
  • Jesus is speaking.
  • Jesus is bread of life.
  • The one who comes to Jesus will never hunger.
  • The one who believes in Jesus will never thirst.
#2 - Lessons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • Jesus is more nourishing to us spiritually than bread is to our bodies.
  • To partake of Jesus' nourishment we need to come to Him and believe in Him.
#3 - Challenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • Am I willing to turn to Him for comfort instead of food?
  • Do I believe Jesus will help me if I come and believe in Him?
  • Have I accepted the eternal life He offers and believed that His death on the cross makes my life possible by paying the penalty for my sins?
#4 - Response (Respond back to God.)
  • Father, You have the words of eternal life. I come and believe that You sent Jesus to save my soul from death and nourish me so I will never die, and live with you forever. Thank you for life and for bringing me to the living bread.

Example (Psalm 139:14)
If you want to know why you should praise God or give thanks to Him, the book of Psalms is the best place to look. Since each Psalm was meant to be sung in a worship setting, the topics of praise, thankfulness, and joy are found frequently. As you study the verse with me, notice why the author encourages us to praise and thank God.
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King James Version (KJV)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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#1 - Facts (What do you see in the verse?)
  • The author is giving back to God.
  • He is thankful for God's care in creating him.
  • When he thinks about what it must have taken to create him, he is gripped with respect and awe at how wonderfully he has been made.
  • His soul is very aware that everything God does, He does wonderfully.
#2 - Lessons (What can you learn from the verse?)
  • The mystifying and wonderful way we were created tells us how great God is.
  • As one of HIs creations, we are examples of how well God does things.
#3 - Challenges (Turn each lesson into a question that challenges you.)
  • Do I think of my body in all of its wonders as God's handiwork? Can I think of one way today to treat it as the special gift it is?
  • When I get a cut or scrape and watch God heal it, do I give Him thanks for being a healer?
#4 - Response (Respond back to God.)
  • Father, You are so great! Your ways are so far beyond our understanding. You have designed and created our bodies full of ways to nourish, heal, and care for them. I am thankful for what You have done. Thank you for being my Healer.
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