25-MINUTE CHALLENGE

Day 1

March 23, 2020

Welcome to Day 1. You can do this! In the next two weeks, you’re going to read through the entirety of two books of the Bible: Luke and Acts. As you’ll hear, these two were actually written by the same author — and some believe they were intended to be read as part one and part two of the same story.

Each day the rhythm will be the same: pray, read, watch, reflect (and if you run out of time, that’s okay — do your best to get through the reading at least!). I’ll do my best to give structure and tips for each in order to give you opportunities to try some things you may not be used to. Last note before we start: I’m scheduling five of these per week, so if you miss a day — it’s all good! Just go 5/7 and you’ll be on track to start part two next Monday.

PRAY (5 minutes)

Before we open our Bibles, lets start today with some silence. Psalm 46:10 says “be still and know that I am God” — so let’s practice that! (I know this can lead to distractions entering your mind, but I love this image from the prayer course: imagine you’re on a lake and everything is so still. Then a speedboat storms by and sends waves in every direction — these are the distractions! — just be patient. Eventually the waves will die down, and stillness will return. Patience and persistence are key.)

Now, before you start, pray a simple prayer — in your own words ask God to speak to you, and for Him to help you listen. Then, let’s dive in…

READING

Today’s passage is shorter than most: Luke 1-2

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

If you’ve got time, these are some questions I’d encourage you to thoughtfully journal through. Don’t try and speed through them, instead spend a minute with each allowing God to speak and lead.

  1. What stood out to you from your reading or the video?
  2. When you read the song of Mary, what strikes you or stands out?
  3. What does it mean when the video says that Jesus was going to turn our world upside-down?
  4. What is one question you have from reading today? Maybe it’s a verse you’re confused by or a word/theme/phrase you want to dig more into?

Day 2

March 24, 2020

You’ve done it! You went in for Round 1 and came back for more. Awesome! Today has more Bible reading than yesterday, so remember to read this like you would any book or story! Often we restrict ourselves to a section or two at a time, but sometimes it’s helpful to read big chunks all together.

PRAY (5 minutes)

Start your time with a minute of silence as a sign to remind yourself of who’s in charge in your life and the world. Then move into a time of adoring God — write down or think through characteristics of God that you admire or appreciate. There doesn’t need to be a formulaic approach here — just worship God in rapid-fire fashion. Then, let’s read.

READING

Luke 3-9

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. What stood out to you today?
  2. Why is the connection to Exodus significant do you think? (40 days in wilderness for Jesus // 40 years in the wilderness for Israel)
  3. What can we learn about God and about ourselves when we read stories about Jesus healing people?
  4. What do you think it would have been like to be on the Mount of Transfiguration? (Sights, sounds, feelings, etc.)
  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 3

March 25, 2020

By the end of this session you’ll be 80% through the story of Jesus’ ministry on earth! I pray that God has been speaking to you — both in this time, but also throughout your day. I also pray that your intentionality in spending time with Jesus has led to a greater sense of His presence!

PRAY (5 minutes)

You know the drill: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Next, move into all the things in your life you’re grateful for — again, just rapid fire works here. Think big and small, material and immaterial, etc. And just be sure to acknowledge who the giver of all good gifts really is!

READING

Luke 10-19:27 (big chunk today — you can do it!)

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. Why do you think the Israelite leaders were critical of Jesus? How do you think you would have reacted to Jesus?
  2. What does it look like to ‘take up your cross’ today? This week? While at home?
  3. When you read the Lord’s Prayer, what line resonates most with you today? Why?
  4. When Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath, what does it tell us about life with Jesus? About His priorities?
  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 4

March 26, 2020

The reading quantity is tapering off here as we zero in on the climax of Luke’s first part. As you read today, ask yourself: what does this section of Scripture teach me about Jesus? What does it teach me about myself?

PRAY (5 minutes)

After a couple moments of silence, use your time in prayer today to practice confession. What do you need to bring before the Lord and be honest with Him about? He wants to set you free — not only from the consequences of sin, but also from the guilt and shame that sometimes accompanies it. If you’re holding on to anything today — let go!

READING

Luke 19:28-23:56

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. If Jesus knows what awaits Him, why does He march forward anyways?
  2. When you read the story of Jesus’ arrest, mocking, beating and death — what struck you this time? Why do you think that is?
  3. What did Jesus mean when He prayed that the executioners ‘didn’t know what they were doing’?
  4. What does it mean for Jesus to ‘commit His spirit’ into the hands of His Father?
  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 5

March 27, 2020

Last day of the week and last day in Luke. Just one chapter today, so be sure to maximize your time reflecting on all that you have read this week.

PRAY (5 minutes)

After some silence, what is on your heart that you want to ask God for? God describes Himself as a good father who likes to give good gifts — that when we ask for things in line with His character and purposes, He loves to say YES. So what do you want to ask for? What do you want to ask for on behalf of people you care about? I love the prayer form you find in Daniel’s three friends in Daniel 3: I know God can, I hope He will, and I’ll love Him no matter the answer.

READING

Luke 24

VIDEO

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1. What have been your biggest takeaways from Luke this week?
  2. What strikes you about the interaction between Jesus and the two travelers on the road?
  3. Why is it hard to see Jesus for who He really is? How do we move past/through this struggle?
  4. What does it mean to say that Jesus is currently enthroned? What are the implications for us and for the world?
  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?

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SUNDAYS
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