Listen to the Vicar’s 2019 sermon on the BELLS missional habits
Read the Vicar’s 2018 sermon on the BELLS missional habits
Download a small group study focussed on the BELLS missional habits
Download the Lent Challenge flyer
Welcome to the Lent Challenge!
Lent is the period of 40 days leading up to Good Friday. In the past, many Christians have fasted during this period as a means of devotion and spiritual growth. Others have used the time to creatively focus on the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice of himself for the world.
At St Michael’s we are challenging ourselves to practice the 5 missional habits as described in the table below.
We encourage you to do this as part of a group (home group, family, etc.). At the end of each week (or so), we would love it if you would post your thoughts in the forum or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a note in the Everything Box.
What is the Lent Challenge?
|Missional Habit||Missional Value||Action (Suggestion) during Lent|
|BLESS||Generous||I will bless 3 people each week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church|
|EAT||Hospitable||I will eat with 3 people each week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church|
|LISTEN||Spirit-led||I will spend at least one period each week listening to the Spirit’s voice|
|LEARN||Christlike||I will read a chapter (or more) of the Bible each day. The books we are reading this Lent are Judges 1-21, Micah 1-7 and Hebrews 1-13.|
|SENT||Missional||I will journal throughout the week all about the ways I alerted others to the universal reign of God through Christ
Lent Challenge Book Borrow
There are a number of books available for borrowing. The titles are listed below:
Easter: The Reason for Hope – Peter Corney
Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell
The Challenge of Jesus – NT Wright
Life of Jesus: A Six-Part Course – John Dickson and Greg Clarke
Alpha – Nicky Gumbel
God in the Flesh – Don Everts
Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey
The Jesus I Never Knew – Philip Yancey
Following Jesus: a Non-Religious Guidebook for the Spiritually Hungry – Dave Roberts
User’s Guide to the Bible – Christ Wright
Call to Discipleship – Juan Carlos Ortiz
The Cross of Christ – John Stott
The Lord From Heaven – Leon Morris
I Believe in the Historical Jesus – I. Howard Marshall
The Drama of Jesus – Paul White and Clifford Warne
I Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus – George Eldon Ladd
Christian Baiscs – John Stott
The Shadow of the Galilean – Gerd Theissen
Which Jesus? – Tony Campolo
The Signature of Jesus – Brennan Manning
Introducing Jesus – Roy Clements
Discovering Prayer – Andrew Knowles
Jesus in All the Scriptures – Anthony H. Nichols
The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer