Are you looking for an excellent in-depth Bible study for your youth? The G.I.F.T. Challenge is about having youth “Growing In Faith and Theology.” A continuation for last week’s post, this is Session II of the G.I.F.T. Challenge. Click here to find Session I.
G.I.F.T. CHALLENGE GUIDELINES – Session II
(Weekly – 60 minute session)
The GIFT Challenge is a 2-year session that challenges us to GROW in our relationship with God. Each week we will be meeting and sharing our thoughts and reflections about the readings that we covered during the week. The first three sessions bring us through most of the Old Testament.
This year if you participate in two out of the three sessions, you will be able to join us for a trip to the General Board of Church and Society in Washington DC. The dates are yet to be determined by the group participating. The purpose of the trip will be to witness how the church is actively involved in working with the government for issues on human rights and more. It will demonstrate how the God uses systems, including political systems to help bring God’s kingdom to this world today. Estimated cost for this four-day trip will be about $250 per person. You must show that you have completed two out of the three GIFT challenge sessions to join the DC trip. (Please keep your Certificate of Completions after each GIFT challenge.)
Participation in GIFT Challenge Sessions
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, you must participate in at least five out of the six weeks of the bible study and turned in the completed and signed daily reading log.
Challenge to Serve
At the end of each six-week session participants are invited to choose a ‘SERVE’ project and complete it before the next session. SERVE challenge projects can include donating six hours of community service through helping in children’s ministry, participating in a mission project, volunteering in a school or other non-profit organization, etc. Discuss with leaders your challenge to SERVE project.
Reading through the scriptures can sometimes be challenging. Having a faith partner willing to read through it with you is a great gift. Invite a friend, mentor or adult leader to take the challenge with you and read through the scriptures while your reading through them. Share the questions with them and try to touch base with them once a week to hear about their thoughts and reflections on the Word.
QUESTIONS TO GUIDE YOU:
Here are some questions to think about as you read the scriptures:
1) What did the scripture say to the people in that time and place?
2) What does the scripture say to us today?
3) What was the challenge that the people were facing?
4) What is the challenge or challenges that you face today?
5) What was the grace and hope offered through the story for the biblical people?
6) What is the grace and hope offered to us through this story?
G.I.F.T. (Grow in faith & theology) Challenge
session II (6 weeks)
Daily Bible Readings – Joshua – Esther (The Books of History)
Pre-Class Reading: Joshua 1-Judges 7
_____ Day 1: Joshua 1-6
_____ Day 2: Joshua 7-10
_____ Day 3: Joshua 11-16
_____ Day 4: Joshua 17-21
_____ Day 5: Joshua 22-Judges 2
_____ Day 6: Judges 3-7
Week 1: Judges 8-1 Samuel 14:23
_____ Day 1: Judges 8-11
_____ Day 2: Judges 12-17
_____ Day 3: Judges 18-21
_____ Day 4: Ruth 1- 1 Samuel 3
_____ Day 5: 1 Samuel 4-11
_____ Day 6: 1 Samuel 12-14:23
Week 2: 1 Samuel 14:24-2 Samuel 16
_____ Day 1: 1 Samuel 14:24-18
_____ Day 2: 1 Samuel 19-24
_____ Day 3: 1 Samuel 25-31
_____ Day 4: 2 Samuel 1-5
_____ Day 5: 2 Samuel 6-12
_____ Day 6: 2 Samuel 13-16
Week 3: 2 Samuel 17-1 Kings 13
______Day 1: 2 Samuel 17-20
_____ Day 2: 2 Samuel 21-24
_____ Day 3: 1 Kings 1-2:25
_____ Day 4: 1 Kings 2:26-4
_____ Day 5: 1 Kings 5-8
_____ Day 6: 1 Kings 9-13
Week 4: 1 Kings 14–2 Kings 20
_____ Day 1: 1 Kings 14-18
_____ Day 2: 1 Kings 19-22
_____ Day 3: 2 Kings 1-5
_____ Day 4: 2 Kings 6-10
_____ Day 5: 2 Kings 11-15
_____ Day 6: 2 Kings 16-20
Week 5: 2 Kings 21-1 Chronicles 29
_____ Day 1: 2 Kings 21-25
_____ Day 2: 1 Chronicles 1-5
_____ Day 3: 1 Chronicles 6-10
_____ Day 4: 1 Chronicles 11-16
_____ Day 5: 1 Chronicles 17-23
_____ Day 6: 1 Chronicles 24-29
Week 6: 2 Chronicles 1-36
_____ Day 1: 2 Chronicles 1-6
_____ Day 2: 2 Chronicles 7-13
_____ Day 3: 2 Chronicles 14-20
_____ Day 4: 2 Chronicles 21-27
_____ Day 5: 2 Chronicles 28-30
_____ Day 6: 2 Chronicles 31-36
Week 7: Post-Class Reading
_____ Day 1: Ezra 1-5
_____ Day 2: Ezra 6-9
_____ Day 3: Ezra 10-Nehemiah 3
_____ Day 4: Nehemiah 4-10
_____ Day 5: Nehemiah 11-Esther 3
_____ Day 6: Esther 4-10
We will be using the Lectio Divina process for reading the scriptures during the six-weeks of our study. Here is a guide to help you as you read the scriptures.
(Read – Reflect – Respond – Rest)
Read the chapters to yourself and look for the words or phrases that catch your attention. Write them down. Read the paragraph with the words or phrases that caught your attention again.
As you reread the word or phrase that stood out to you, pay attention to what you are thinking and feeling when you read it. What images come to mind? What thoughts does it generate? Are there any specific memories that you have? If so, write them down.
Continue to ask God to speak to you through this word.
If you find yourself wanting to reply to God, write that down, too. Write down and reflect what God might be saying to you through the scriptures.
This is part of a conversation with God. If there are questions, thoughts, concerns that this scripture provokes in you, write them down and as we come together, we’ll share what God has shared with us. For now, rest in the knowledge that God is speaking to you.
Yes, I completed all the reading for the Session II – Gift Challenge.
NAME (Signature) Date
G.I.F.T. CHALLENGE COVENANT – Session II
Congratulations! You have accepted the challenge to grow in your relationship with God by reading the scriptures! This GIFT Challenge is designed to help you read the entire bible and discover the beauty, grace and hope in the stories of the biblical times and how they continue to encourage us and invite us to be faithful to the living God who we know and understand through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We have a few guides to help us in our time together. This covenant will be made in order to respect one another and respect the time that participants and teachers have set apart to learn to GROW in their faith. We ask that you join us in this group Covenant so that we all might benefit from this experience of Divine communion and study with one another.
*We promise to fully participate in this six-week study by being present in body and in spirit at the bible studies each week.
*We promise to do our best to stick with the daily reading guides and set apart time to follow through on this commitment.
*We promise to respect one another and listen to one another during the bible study discussions. Even if we do not agree with our peers, we will do our best to agree to disagree in Christian love.
*We promise to honor and respect the privacy of one another in our sharing. We understand that this is a safe space to share and we honor one another by not gossiping about one another or sharing with anyone what is said in confidence to the group.
*We will do all we can to model the Christian life by God’s grace and mercy.
Amy Valdez Barker is a long time youth minister from the North Georgia Conference. She is currently a PhD student at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary working with the Vital Congregations Project.