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Obedience Challenge - Day 16


Great to have you back to the Obedience Challenge! We're on an amazing 90-day trip through the 4 Gospels, learning to be the disciples of Jesus -- to follow and obey him.


The Scripture reading for today is: Matthew 16

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Today, we're meditating on the command of Jesus in Matthew 5:38-42, where Jesus says this “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."

Wow. What does this mean, and how can we obey? Watch the video from day 15 to learn how.

Reach out to your Mentor: 

Reach out: Give your mentor a shout, and let them know how it’s going. If there’s a command that you’re particularly struggling with, maybe create a “short code” that lets them know when you need prayer. I have several guys I text the number “100” to in the morning if I’m doing 100% in victory. If I text “80” or “50,” they know to pray. ~ Darrell

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Recently, I asked pastors on my email list this question: “What’s your greatest frustration with your discipleship plan at your church?” The number 1 answer was “I don’t really have a plan for discipling people. It just doesn’t exist.”


Obviously, that’s not a workable solution. What can I suggest in its place? You need a discipleship strategy that is: 

  • Solid, yet flexible

  • Clear, yet robust

  • Thorough, yet not intimidating

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