The Faith Race Challenge 2022 

The Faith Race Challenge is a yearly opportunity to increase your knowledge of God, to apply His truths to your life, to grow spiritually, to help build Christ's church, and to strengthen your spiritual foundation; all while you are being encouraged and challenged by other believers who are seeking to do the same. The challenge resets every year on January 1st. You are welcome to start anytime that you would like. There is no enrollment period. Simply start meditating on the passages, reciting them, and reporting back to Pastor Stiekes so that he can help track your progress. All passages shown are taken from the New King James version of the Bible. If you would prefer to memorize in the King James version, you are welcome to do so.

This challenge is not just about memorizing God's Word. It also provides opportunities for you to encourage other believers, to promote your church ministry, to help in your church, and to disciple yourself and help to discipline others. Throughout the challenge, you will be invited to memorize about forty different Scriptural passages. Each one of these passages has been carefully considered and is helpful to your Christian walk. Each challenge has an overall theme connected with it and this year's theme is: Evangelism. You will have some passages focused on your own personal walk with the Lord but the majority of the passages will be specifically on verses that will help you in giving out the salvation message.

This years format will be a little different as the challenge will be recorded here in our CBC Church App. All passages can be recited at church, to your Discipleship Leader or to Pastor. Regular updates will be given out within the app showing the placement of each runner. 

We have introduced several new elements this year: A guide to helping you meditate on Scripture, Helps in Evangelism, a Training Event that will help you in your Evangelism skills, more opportunities for you to Disciple and mentor your fellow runners, different tiers for you to challenge yourself through, and we have also added Achievements for those who finish certain aspects of their race.

In the Faith Race Challenge, you are not competing against the other runners. You are competing against yourself. This year we have three separate stages: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. You can complete one, two, or all three but all stages must be completed in order. Only you will know how far you are able to go. But remember, you are not running alone. You have all of your fellow runners to help you. And more importantly, you have God who will give you the strength and the ability to finish well.

Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:19: And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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Quick Guide

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Each passage will be outlined in a box. Take the passage and meditate on it throughout the week. Through meditation, you will have your passage memorized by the end of the week.

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Recite your passage to your Discipleship Leader or Pastor and then move on to the next one.  *You can recite more than one verse at a time, but you cannot pass a "Rest & Reflect" on the same turn that you recite the previous passages.

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Watch every video and follow the instructions when you hit an obstacle. These obstacles are not provided to stop you but to help you and others succeed in your Christian race. *Remember, we are not competing against each other. We are all on the same team working toward the same goal.


How to meditate on Scripture

A Spiritual Disciplines Guide to learning how to meditate.

The Bible reveals to us that the wise person meditates on Scripture.

The Psalmist says in Psalm 119:97: "Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day." Psalm 1:2 says that the "blessed man" will "delight in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night." Meditation is a vital aspect of our daily Spiritual Disciplines. Meditation helps us move the data that we learn from Scripture from our mind to our heart and then weaves it into to the fabric of our lives.

      

Starting Line

In order to finish well, you have to Resolve to run your race (sacrificing whatever is hindering you); Acquire the tools to keep you going; Condition your mind, body, and spirit not to give up; and Endure the trials that you will face with a goal of pushing through and pleasing God. Do not give up! God wants you to have victory and He will help you to achieve just that!


   BEGIN BASIC RUN


First Passage - The theme of the Faith Race Challenge Series is 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

1 Corinthians 9:24: Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

1 Corinthians 9:25: And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 

1 Corinthians 9:26-27: Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Let's commit our efforts in this challenge to the Lord.

Psalms 37:5: Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

Our goal through this challenge and in our Christian life should be the expression of Colossians 1:10.

Colossians 1:10: Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.




Rest & Reflect

Take a break - Take this week to rest and reflect on what you have learned so far. Recite from memory Psalm 37:5 and Colossians 1:10 before moving forward. You cannot pass a "Rest & Reflect" on the same turn that you recite the previous passages.




RELAY #1

In both life and in our Christian race, we are blessed with opportunities to help encourage others. You cannot win a relay race on your own. You must work with your fellow racers to achieve your goal. Often a relay race contains 2-4 runners. For this Relay, choose 1 other runner and together help a runner that is behind you. We are all working to glorify the Lord through our race. Let's help each other achieve our goals!


The Bible is our source of truth in the Christian life as we see in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, and Proverbs 30:5-6.

2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Proverbs 30:5-6: Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.


HELPS IN EVANGELISM

There are all kinds of ways to present the gospel. The key to getting comfortable in sharing your faith is to first find simple ways to remember a walk-through of the gospel message. One easy way is remembering: "Who? Who? What? What? What?"


Who is God? This is a question that soul winners need to be prepared to answer. Study the attributes of God to get a well rounded understanding of our Lord.

Psalms 145:17: The LORD is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works.

No one is perfect like God.

Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

We all deserve death but God gives us a free gift.

Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Most people who have never even read the Bible still know John 3:16, although most do not really understand what it means. This is God's free gift to us: the sacrificing of His only Son for us.

John 3:16-17: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Jesus did not die for us because we are good. Jesus died for us because God is good.

Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Repenting of our sins and confessing that Jesus is Lord is key in the salvation message.

Romans 10:9-10: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.


HURDLE #1

The key to getting comfortable in sharing your faith is to first find simple ways to remember a walk-through of the gospel message. The second key to getting comfortable in sharing your faith is to practice sharing it. Choose one person in your life (that is not a fellow runner) and share with them the gospel by using "Who? Who? What? What? What?"




Rest & Reflect

Take a break - Take this week to rest and reflect on what you have learned so far. Recite from memory Psalm 145:17, Romans 5:8, and Romans 10:9-10 before moving forward. You cannot pass a "Rest & Reflect" on the same turn that you recite the previous passages.


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TRAINING DAY

Sunday, September 4th from 4pm - 8pm

All runners need training to keep learning and putting into practice what they have learned. This year we are having a training day where we will learn new ways to give the gospel, how to start conversations that lead to the gospel, and how to put these things into practice. We will have three different sessions to help runners better understand simple methods in presenting the gospel. Lunch will be provided for the event. All Faith Race Runners are expected to participate and you are welcome to bring a friend!

Session One

How to start a conversation when presenting the gospel: solid openers, leading into the gospel, and helpful tips.

How do I approach a stranger with the gospel? What do I say? In this session we will discuss simple ways to start conversations and transition to the gospel message with anyone. 

Session Two

How my words identify that I am a Christian: leading people to look at my life without self-identifying as a Christian.

What you say is just as important as how you say it. Our natural conversation should reflect Christ without us thinking about it. Come ready to discuss what that looks like and how we get there.

Session Three

Different methods for presenting the gospel, and key verses to know and understand.

There are many different ways to presenting the gospel and we are going to look at a few simple variations that can help you in presenting the gospel message.


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When we say that we love others but are not willing to sacrifice to make sure that they know the gospel of Christ, then we love them in word or in tongue. When we love others enough to set our own needs and desires aside to make sure they know who Jesus is and what He has done for them, then we love them in deed and in truth. Jesus calls us as His children to love our neighbor as ourself and we need to do so in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18: My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

We must be diligent in teaching the truth of Scripture if we are going to follow God in the manner that He has called us.

2 Timothy 2:15: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.



Relay #2

In both life and in our Christian race, we are blessed with opportunities to help encourage others. You cannot win a relay race on your own. You must work with your fellow racers to achieve your goal. Often a relay race contains 2-4 runners. For this Relay, choose 1 other runner and together help a runner that is behind you. We are all working to glorify the Lord through our race. Let's help each other achieve our goals!


Titus 2:11-14 is a good passage identifying God's grace to man and also shows God's purpose for His children.

Titus 2:11-12: For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

Titus 2:13-14: Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.




Rest & Reflect

Take a break - Take this week to rest and reflect on what you have learned so far. Recite from memory Titus 2:11-14 before moving on. You cannot pass a "Rest & Reflect" on the same turn that you recite the previous passages.



Helps in Evangelism

Now that you have learned one way to remember and present the gospel, let's work on another one. The Bridge to Eternal Life is a booklet tract that you can give out if you have it on hand. But most of the time you will have whatever is on your person at the time to help share the gospel. This is an effective illustration that you can draw on any scrap of paper. Let's try it out!


Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He wants us to have an abundant life.

John 10:10-11: [Jesus said] "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep."

One day mankind will face judgement, but for those who live in Christ, we will receive His salvation.

Hebrews 9:27-28: It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

We cannot buy our way or earn our way into Heaven. Our salvation comes through faith in Jesus by His grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

We should desire God's pure Word.

1 Peter 2:2-3: As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.



Relay #3

In both life and in our Christian race, we are blessed with opportunities to help encourage others. You cannot win a relay race on your own. You must work with your fellow racers to achieve your goal. Often a relay race contains 2-4 runners. For this Relay, choose 1 other runner and together help a runner that is behind you. We are all working to glorify the Lord through our race. Let's help each other achieve our goals!


The world does not naturally love God. Jesus came to His own, the Israelites, and they rejected Him. Jesus presented the gospel to the Gentiles and the Holy Spirit invites us to into God's family. We simply have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

John 1:10-12: He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me." 

Revelation 3:20: [Jesus said] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."


HURDLE #2

Since the second key to getting comfortable in sharing your faith is to practice sharing it, choose one person in your life (that is not a fellow runner) and share with them the gospel by using The Bridge to Eternal Life.


What is truth? For the soul winner this is a question that is often used as a rebuttal by the unsaved. Jesus tells us that He is the truth and there is no other way to Heaven but through a relationship with Him.

John 14:6: Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

Jesus is preparing a place for us in Heaven.

John 14:1-3: [Jesus said] “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

God's Word should be living within us, changing us from within.

Colossians 3:16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

The truth lies within God's Word, and His truth will be revealed within those that really know God.

1 John 2:3-5: Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.




Rest & Reflect

Take a break - Take this week to rest and reflect on what you have learned so far. Recite from memory John 14:1-3 and John 14:6 before moving on. You cannot pass a "Rest & Reflect" on the same turn that you recite the previous passages.

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  BEGIN ADVANCED RUN


Always be ready to tell the truth of what Christ has done for you.

1 Peter 3:15: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.


Relay #4

In both life and in our Christian race, we are blessed with opportunities to help encourage others. You cannot win a relay race on your own. You must work with your fellow racers to achieve your goal. Often a relay race contains 2-4 runners. For this Relay, choose 1 other runner and together help a runner that is behind you. We are all working to glorify the Lord through our race. Let's help each other achieve our goals!

The soul winner will often hear from people that they are "good enough" because they keep some of the Ten Commandments.

James 2:10: For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

This passage is helpful in leading people to understand that you cannot say you love God and yet spend your life serving something else. Mammon is a term that means wealth, riches, and material possessions. The term is often used to express anything that is of this world because everything outside of God is something that we seek to possess, whether it is power, a relationship, or financial gain.

Matthew 6:24: [Jesus said] “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."




Rest & Reflect

Take a break - Take this week to rest and reflect on what you have learned so far. Recite from memory James 2:10 and Matthew 6:24 before moving on.


For the Christian, we should be living for God and not living for ourselves.

Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.



Helps in Evangelism

The last evangelistic tool that you need to learn is sharing your own testimony for what Christ has done in your life. You will have times when you have nothing to give out to someone but you do not always need a help because YOU are the tract, YOU are the Bible, YOUR LIFE is (or should be) a picture of what a relationship with Jesus Christ looks like.



Your own personal testimony may use a passage or two not listed in this year's Faith Race. Insert a Bible passage of your choice for the next two blocks that you would like to use to explain your own personal testimony. Be sure that you can explain how these verses tie into your own personal testimony.

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Relay #5

In both life and in our Christian race, we are blessed with opportunities to help encourage others. You cannot win a relay race on your own. You must work with your fellow racers to achieve your goal. Often a relay race contains 2-4 runners. For this Relay, choose 1 other runner and together help a runner that is behind you. We are all working to glorify the Lord through our race. Let's help each other achieve our goals!


This passage helps the Soul Winner to explain how when Jesus cleanses us from our sins, they are completely cleaned and not just partially cleaned.

Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together, ”Says the LORD, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

This passage identifies how bad sin is.

1 John 3:4: Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

This passage helps the Soul Winner explain that the Christian will not face the judgement of God, therefore he will pass from death (a spiritual separation from God)  into life (an eternal existence with God).

John 5:24: [Jesus said] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life."



HURDLE #3

Since the second key to getting comfortable in sharing your faith is to practice sharing it, choose one person in your life (that is not a fellow runner) and share with them the gospel by using your own personal testimony. Make sure to incorporate your chosen two passages.



The Soul Winner will often get the opportunity to help reaffirm to Christians who are unsure of their salvation.

2 Peter 1:10: Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.

This passage is a great reminder for those who claim salvation but have drifted from their relationship to the Lord.

James 4:7-8: Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.




Rest & Reflect

Take a break - Take this week to rest and reflect on what you have learned so far. Recite from memory Isaiah 1:18,  John 5:24 and James 4:7-8 before moving on.

The blessed man delights in meditating on God's law.

Psalms 1:1-2: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.

Now that you have been trained on how to lead others to the Lord, go out and put your learning into practice so that you too can be a discipler of all the nations.

Matthew 28:19-20: [Jesus said] "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

Do not waste your training. Use it to train others and to grow in the Lord.

2 Peter 3:18: Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.


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Finish Line

Congratulations! You have finished The Faith Race 2022!  Second Timothy 2:15 says: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." You have completed this year's challenge. Don't waste what you have learned. Instead endeavor to live it every day!





This Year's Runners

You are not running alone, these are your brothers and sisters in Christ who are running with you. 

Pray for your fellow runners, encourage them, and help them as they work to encourage and help you. If you are not on this list and you would like to be, please reach out to us at: cbcfamily@campbellbc.org and we will add you on.

All updates on your race will be posted weekly in this area.

Bonnie Lamar - 2 Timothy 2:15

Tracy Stiekes - Hebrews 4:12

Nicole Enquist - 1 Corinthians 9:25

Teresa Daley - 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

Maryann Thrash - First Hurdle

Keira Daley - Titus 2:11-12
Jerry Thrash - Second Relay

Quinlan Daley - Psalm 145:17

Eion Daley - First Rest & Reflect

Pastor Geoff - Titus 2:11-12

*If you would like to be on this list, please reach out to cbcfamily@campbellbc.org








Achievements

Way Finder

Psalms 25:4-5: Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.

This Achievement is awarded to the runner who completes the first tier:  Basic Runner.

Path Finder

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

This Achievement is awarded to the runner who completes the second tier: Intermediate Runner

Disciplined Runner

1 Corinthians 9:27: But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.       

This Achievement is awarded to the runner who completes the entire season's Faith Race Challenge.


Discipleship

Philippians 2:13: It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

This Achievement is awarded to the runner who completes all of the Relays.

Serving Others

John 13:35: [Jesus said] "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This Achievement is awarded to the runner who completes all of the Hurdles

Pace Runner

Proverbs 27:17: As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

This Achievement is awarded to the runner who sets the pace for another runner, encouraging them, and helping them to persevere to their goal.


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