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

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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 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

●      Reconciliation

●      Justice

●      Beauty

●      Wholeness

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