The New Testament Challenge

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Fr. John Peck on his excellent site, The Preachers Institute, has challenged not only his congregation but everyone to undertake what he calls The New Testament Challenge for the fasting season of preparation for the Birth of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. He says, “This makes the entire Nativity Fast a time of real devoted ascetic effort and spiritual growth. It is especially appropriate (in my opinion) as the term Advent, basically implies a preparation and anticipation of the Second Coming of Christ. Notice, on Christmas Day, one is finishing Revelation!”

So, beginning today, Sunday, November 15 one would follow this outline to complete the New Testament on Christmas Day. Let me know if you are game.

1. Matthew 1-7

2. Matthew 8-12

3. Matthew 13-18

4. Matthew 19-24

5. Matthew 25-28

6. Mark 1-4

7. Mark 5-8

8. Mark 9-12

9. Mark 13-16

10. Luke 1-3

11. Luke 4-7

12. Luke 8-11

13. Luke 12-16

14. Luke 17-21

15. Luke 22-24

16. John 1-5

17. John 6-10

18. John 11-16

19. John 17-21

20. Acts 1-6

21. Acts 7-10

22. Acts 11-16

23. Acts 17-22

24. Acts 23-28

25. Romans 1-8

26. Romans 9-16

27. 1 Corinthians 1-9

28. 1 Corinthians 10-16

29. 2 Corinthians 1-13

30. Galatians – Ephesians

31. Philippians – Colossians

32. 1-2 Thessalonians

33. 1 -2 Timothy

34. Titus – Philemon

35. Hebrews 1-10

36. Hebrews 11-13 & James

37. 1- 2 Peter

38. 1 John – 3 John

39. Revelation 1-11

40. Revelation 12-22

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7 responses to “The New Testament Challenge

  1. Lenore

    I do not feel up to this, but I wish to try.

  2. Mat

    I’ll try it. I follow the Old Calendar, so I’ll start it on the 28th. Thanks for the challenge.

  3. Ok. I’ll try. But I have to catch up due to the time zones!

  4. Marsha

    I will try. I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate Scripture reading into this Fast.

  5. David Dickens

    We’re doing something called a Tree of Jesse, which is supposed to have substantial readings (my wife actually is figuring this all out). But nothing like this.

    Perhaps something to add next year?

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