If you’re reading this, you’ve been nominated to take the challenge—prepare yourself to be immersed and invigorated!
Urbana 15 is rooted in the gospel of Matthew. We’re studying its depths, preaching its truth, praying its words, singing its joy, and living its story. Just as you prepare for Urbana by doing things like registering, you can prepare spiritually, as well. The Matthew Challenge is one (fantastic) way to do that.
Here’s How it Works
Urbana has partnered with YouVersion to release the Urbana 15 Matthew Challenge reading plan in their Bible app. The plan covers all of Matthew in 47 days and each day has three questions to help you press in. To finish the Matthew Challenge by Urbana, divide 47 by how many days are left until Urbana then round up because, let's face it, you may miss a day of reading here and there.
Click that orange button down there to connect with the reading plan or download the app. If you prefer a paper copy, download the pdf. [Expert tip: In the plan’s Settings, you can have each day’s readings emailed to you.]
This is a Community Challenge
Because God’s Word was written for communities of God’s people to hear and obey together, let’s do this challenge together. Post your responses to Matthew on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This could be a short reflection, a step of obedience you’re called to take, a poem, a picture, or even a video—anything that personally engages the story and teaching of Jesus in Matthew. Add #Urbana15 #MatthewChallenge so we can find each other and start this Urbana-wide, missions-fostering, Word-centric, building-each-other-up conversation before we even arrive at Urbana 15!
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
In Case You Were Wondering...
At Urbana 15, we'll be digging into several specific passages from Matthew during our manuscript study times, through Patrick Fung's expositions, and through musical worship and performing arts. If you're curious, here are the passages we're studying: