Times are challenging right now. We are living in the middle of a global pandemic. We have all felt the impact of the social unrest in our country. And to top it all off, this is an election year! Now more than ever, it would very easy to lose hope and succumb to despair. But as believers, we don't have to live that way!
We have the ability to see these challenging times as an opportunity to bring hope, joy, and light to a dark world. God wants to partner with us in the middle of this uncertainty. He wants to use you to show that the hope of the Gospel is still His answer for a hurting world.
That being said, we are devoting the next 30 days to challenging you to hope again in the Gospel of Jesus. We want to challenge you in three ways:
#1) Hope Again Through the Word
So much of our joy and hope in our spiritual lives is tied to a daily diet on God's Word. We want you to dive deep into the Word of God this month. You can do this in a number of ways:
- We have put together an inspirational 30-day devotional to reinvigorate your hunger for God's Word. You can download it by clicking HERE.
- We also have a list of great resources to help you go even deeper over the next 30 days. You can download it by clicking HERE.
#2) Hope Again Through Encouragement
We have said many times that following Christ is a team sport. We need one another now more than ever. We need to know we are not alone and that we have others to carry us when we struggle. We want to challenge you to do one act of encouragement every day for the next 30 days. Go big with encouragement this month. The easiest place to start is with the people in your own small group.
- We have put together a list of starter ideas to help you think of ways to go big with encouragement this month. You can access it by clicking HERE.
#3) Hope Again Through Serving
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” There is something soul stirring about getting your eyes off of yourself and focusing on the needs of others. As you give yourself away, God fills you with hope that He is still at work in and through you.
We are in contact with our local and foreign mission partners looking for ways we can actively serve them this month. This might take the form of specific prayer requests from our partners, opportunities to be generous and meet their needs, and, in some local cases, even going to their location and offering a helping hand where available. We will give you more information as the 30 days continue to unfold.
- For information about the partners we serve click HERE.
Friends, go BIG with these challenges this month and may you be filled with hope again!