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Obedience Challenge - Day 1


Welcome to today's Obedience Challenge! We're beginning an epic, 90 day Journey through the Gospels, learning to love and follow Jesus as his disciples. The Scripture reading for today is: Matthew 1

Click HERE to read it in the NIV.

Click HERE to read or listen to it in the ESV.

Click HERE to read it in the KJV.


Today, we're looking at the command of Jesus in Matthew 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."  How can a Christian truly keep this command? Watch the video above to learn how. Each day of the Obedience Challenge contains these things:

  • 3-4 minutes of teaching

  • 1 minute of praising God for the command

  • 1 minute of repentance over Jesus' command

  • 1 minute of listening to the Holy Spirit

  • 1 minute of asking God for help in obeying the command Jesus gave

To get a quick overview of Matthew's Gospel, check out this 8 minute video from The Bible Project: 

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Need the Obedience Challenge Discipleship Workbook?

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If you're a pastor who cares about discipling new Christians, and you'd like to get a copy of the NewStart Discipleship tools for small church pastors, you can get a license to print as many copies as you need.

NewStart also includes a license to print the workbook for Obedience Challenge: 90 Days to Obey Jesus

How can I become a disciple of Jesus?

"Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be, if he was you." - Dallas Willard

Discipleship means learning about Jesus in order to imitate and become like him. If you are a brand new Christian, or even if you've been around church a lot, you need to become a disciple of Jesus, not just a fan. Jesus isn't really about making people who are better informed -- he's about making people who are transformed to be like Him!

NewStart Discipleship is a program to help new Christians become disciples of Jesus -- to be transformed and grow in knowledge of the Bible, what Jesus is like, and grow in holiness.

If you're just getting started in your walk with God, you can also download the Obedience Challenge Workbook here.

New to walking with Jesus? Want advice on growing as a Christian?

If you're a new believer who wants to grow in your faith, discipleship is your next step. Click here to get a copy of NewStart Discipleship journal for yourself. This journal is designed to create "anchor habits" for you as a new follower of Jesus. It features a 50 day Bible reading plan that gives an overview of the highlights of the Bible, and a daily video to explain the reading.

What's next after becoming a Christian?

I'd encourage you to put yourself on a consistent Christian growth plan. Obviously, you need to find a good church near you,, you can go through the Obedience Challenge workbook, and if you want to continue to grow as a believer, then moving on to studying the holiness of God and our sanctification. 

If you're wondering "Can I trust the Bible," and whether Jesus really rose from the dead, you can check out the Defending Your Faith video course. 

Click the chat button on the lower right to ask a question, or subscribe to Pastor Darrell's Youtube channel to stay up to date with discipleship training and coaching.

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