The New Testament Challenge is to begin and finish reading the New Testament in the next three months.

2.04 NEW TESTAMENT CHALLENGE: Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).

            The New Testament Challenge is to begin and finish reading the New Testament in the next three months. (The book of Revelation can be omitted due to the difficulty of its interpretation.) Reading an average of 18 chapters a week, less than three per day, will fulfill this goal. For most readers this will be less than 30 minutes per day. It’s important to know the teachings of Jesus, especially what is commanded by Jesus for disciples in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. As you read through the gospels, look for the commands of Jesus for his disciples. Mark, highlight or make a list of these commands. Read as if reading a newspaper or a novel. You could study each verse in detail, but the goal is twofold: have an overview of the entire New Testament and focus on the verses which seem to have a particular interest to you as highlighted by the Holy Spirit. You might buy a new New Testament so that you can mark it specifically for the purposes of this study.

            John Wesley: I am distressed. I know not what to do. I see what I might have done once. I might have said peremptorily and expressly, “Here I am: I and my Bible. I will not, I dare not, vary from this book, either in great things or small. I have no power to dispense with one jot or tittle what is contained therein. I am determined to be a Bible Christian, not almost, but altogether. Who will meet me on this ground? Join me on this, or not at all.”[1]





[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through

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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]John Wesley, Causes of the Inefficacy of Christianity (Sermon 116) in John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley, 3rd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1979), 7:287.

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