The Wesley Challenge

“The Wesley Challenge” will be our first session, which will run from Oct. 6 through Nov. 10. For this one, Pastor Elizabeth will be our instructor and we will be meeting for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Bring your own lunch to the first session, which will be held upstairs, in the church conference room and we’ll decide at that one if we want to eat out, in the future, or remain there at the Church.

For the next season of our life together our church will be participating in The Wesley Challenge, an all-encompassing experience that seeks to help us all engage with our faith in a more authentic way. Originally designed to be a 21 day challenge, we will
be expanding it to six weeks, from October 6th to November 11th. In worship, small group study, and social media resources, this congregation will be focused on how we can deepen our relationships with God, Self, and Others in real and felt ways. It is also a way to get in touch with our Methodist roots, bringing aspects of the early Methodist movement into the 21st century.

What is the Wesley Challenge?

The Wesley Challenge is based on the Holy Club that John Wesley was a part of at Oxford. The Holy Club was a small group that regularly met to study scripture, pray, serve the poor, visit the imprisoned, and engage in other acts of piety and mercy that helped to develop a deeper faith. The Wesley Challenge does not require you to join a Holy Club, rather, it is a means to open our hearts, minds, and hands to develop a lifestyle rooted in discipleship. Each week we will focus on 3-4 questions, that Wesley would have asked Holy Club members, and talk about how we engage with those questions in our lives. We will also participate in 3-4 challenges, each meant to help us practice a commitment to God and doing God’s work in the world.

What are the Questions?

Is Jesus real to me?
Am I enjoying prayer?
Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
Did the Bible live in me today?
Did I disobey God in anything?
Do I pray about the money I spend?
Do I give time for the Bible to speak to me every day?
Am I proud?
Am I defeated in any part of my life?
Do I go to bed on time and get up on time?
Do I grumble or complain constantly?
Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
How do I spend my spare time?
Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
Do I thank God that I am not like others?
Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? In other words am I a hypocrite?
Do I confidentially pass on to others what was told to me in confidence?
Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
Am I honest in all my actions and words, or do I exaggerate?
Is there anyone who I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward,
or disregard?
21. When did I last speak to someone about my faith?

What will we get out of this?

My hope is that you will find a way to engage with God, yourself, and with others in a way that is authentic, real, and helps to deepen your faith. I hope that this will be a challenge for you, and that you engage with it truthfully and honestly. It is only through challenge that we can grow in our faith, and it’s only with truth and honesty that the growth will stick. I also hope that this will be something that we can invite others to join us with. If you know someone in your life who is seeking to connect with God in a different way, strengthen their faith, or explore what faith can mean today, invite them to join us: Invite them to Monday lunch studies, to Sunday worship, or share each challenge that will be put up on our Facebook page!

Pastor Elizabeth