25-MINUTE CHALLENGE

Day 6

March 30, 2020

Okay, week two! We read through all of Luke last week, and this week our sights are set on Acts — which is the story of the early church! This is one of my favorite books in all of Scripture, in part because it’s the first one to describe the reality we live in: post-resurrection but pre-return of Christ. These are stories about people who know what we’re going through!

PRAY (5 minutes)

Let’s start our week with five minutes of silence before the Lord.

READING

Acts 1-7

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. Why did Jesus’ followers need power in order to go out and do what Jesus called them to?
  2. What is the significance of there being multiple tongues of fire — and not the singular fire the Old Testament refers to over and over?
  3. What was the significance of this event happening during the Jewish festival of Pentecost?
  4. What strikes you about the faith of the early followers of Jesus? What is it like to read their stories?
  5. What is one question you have from reading today? Maybe it’s a verse you’re confused by, or a word or theme or phrase you want to dig more into?

Day 7

March 31, 2020

Hopefully by now you’re starting to develop a rhythm for your day and this time is feeling normalized as part of your schedule. I’d encourage you to pray that God would make this a habit that continues well beyond this temporary season of free time.

PRAY (5 minutes)

After a moment of silence, I want you to pray through the first half of the Lord’s Prayer — with a twist. After you’ve read through it once, I’d encourage you to pray (out loud, in your head or in your journal) these same ideas but in your own words. For example, what does it mean to pray ‘Our Father in heaven’? How would 2020 you say that?

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.”
(Matthew 6:9-10)

READING

Acts 8-12

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. What would you be thinking if you knew Saul, and then heard him preaching the gospel of Jesus?
  2. What is the significance of stories in which disciples are healing people in the same way Jesus was? What does that mean for you and for me?
  3. Why would the Christian life have been confusing to the people around them?
  4. What is one question you have from reading today? Maybe it’s a verse you’re confused by, or a word or theme or phrase you want to dig more into?

Day 8

April 1, 2020

Think about all of the ground you have covered to this point! And yet, think of how small a dent you’ve made in the Bible as a whole. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom and inspiration and encouragement and conviction. What a gift that we can pick it up anew everyday with what feels like an unending source of blessing to our souls.

PRAY (5 minutes)

After some silence, let’s finish up the second half of the Lord’s Prayer with the same exercise as yesterday. Read through it once, then pray through it line-by-line in your own words for your own context:

“11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”

(Matthew 6:11-13)

READING

Acts 13-20

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. When I think about Paul’s journeys, I think of missionaries around the world who are living similar lives. What intrigues you about life as a missionary? What scares you? (If you have time, reflect on these answers and what they reveal!)
  2. What are the ‘gods’ that hold our society and culture together?
  3. What could possibly drive Paul to endure all of the things he did in sharing the gospel?
  4. What is one question you have from reading today? Maybe it’s a verse you’re confused by, or a word or theme or phrase you want to dig more into?

Day 9

April 2, 2020

Today we finish up Acts, and then tomorrow is a break from reading to simply reflect on the journey thus far. So finish strong!

PRAY (5 minutes)

Silence, and then I’d encourage you to pray for friends and family members who don’t know Jesus. Pray for them by name and ask God to open the eyes of the hearts (Ephesians 1:18) to see how much they need God and how much He loves them!

READING

Acts 21-28

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. “When the people of Jesus follow the way of Jesus, their story will begin to resemble His story.” — What does this mean? What’s your reaction?
  2. What parallels do you see between Paul’s story and Jesus story? What are the implications for us?
  3. God uses Paul’s arrest to bring the gospel to the heart of the world: Rome. How is this encouraging?
  4. What is one question you have from reading today? Maybe it’s a verse you’re confused by, or a word or theme or phrase you want to dig more into?

Day 10

April 3, 2020

You made it. Week 2! Today there is no reading and no video, just time for prayer and then reflection. You’ll remember that the book of Acts ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger — there’s no resolution. Why? Because the story of the church and the spread of the gospel is still being written — with you as one of the main characters!

PRAY (5 minutes)

After practicing silence, ask God to speak to you. Ask Him what He’s wanting to teach you and show you through the last two weeks of content — and what it means for you going forward. Write this down!

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. How have you been inspired by reading Luke/Acts?
  2. How have you been challenged?
  3. What is one thing you’ve learned?
  4. Now spend some time worshipping God in light of all that you have read!

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2000 Country Club Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
info@riverwest.org
503.699.2226

SUNDAYS
9am + 11am + 5pm

OFFICE HOURS
Tue - Fri | 9am - 5pm

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