In our OWI Bible Study – the Highway – we have been reading through the book of James. James is a tremendously practical book for new Christians and older believers alike, and it poses challenges to the reader in every single chapter. In James 1:22 he says: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” In other words, don’t just study the Bible, listen to sermons, read the words of Jesus – take action! In response to this, we came up with a few challenges of our own.
CHALLENGE 1: READ THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
The Sermon on the Mount is perhaps Jesus most famous extended teaching discourse. He tackles a whole pile of topics in this section of scripture, and it makes it one of the most practical parts of the entire Bible. So, the first challenge is to read this sermon, found in Matthew chapter 5, 6, and 7.
CHALLENGE 2: DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
If you read through these chapters and nothing strikes you at all, you weren’t reading it properly. Pick something Jesus says. Anything! And then go out and act on what Jesus said to his listeners. In other words, don’t just read the Sermon on the Mount, do what Jesus says! The links to the chapters are below, so read it, do something about it, and let us know about it on Twitter or Facebook!
Matthew Westacott, OWI Youth Leader