Giving Away the Ending…

Dear Friends:

It’s been almost a year since The Jesus Dare came out. Lives have been changed. What a privilege.

If you have not yet seen or shared the book, here’s a sample chapter. Not the first chapter, but the all-important last chapter.

 

TAKE THE DARE
 
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I John 5:11-12 NIV
 
Did we cover everything? Did we cover enough? Here’s the best news I could possibly deliver. You can take the Jesus dare right now. 

You don’t have to wait until you have the whole thing figured out. You’re only responsible for what you do know. We’ve been trying to be as thorough as possible. But we also are committed to keeping this book short enough to be read in a week or less. Maybe even one night. 

Admittedly, some parts of what you’ve been reading – God’s plan straight from the Bible – can be difficult to understand and that might be a little frustrating. There’s a quote by Mark Twain that makes me smile and helps me deal with that idea. 

“It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.”            — Mark Twain

Frankly, I’m not sure if Mr. Twain ever took the Jesus dare. But his point is well taken. He’s confirming that the Bible is not just another book. It’s inspired. It’s compelling. It’s invitational. It contains plans and guidance that need to be observed. If you find yourself put off by the bloody battles, weird rules in Leviticus, confusing names, and sheer size of the book itself, I urge you to set aside those distractions. Soon enough, you’ll have the power to see how it all fits together as part of the bigger picture.
 
If you’ve read this little book from the beginning, we’re not suggesting that you have accumulated every answer to every question ever asked. But you do have all the information you need. And now you have a decision to make. We’ve been calling it the Jesus dare, but really it’s not that daring. If you’ve been following along and nodding your head, it should be easy. 

Do you agree or disagree with the following straightforward statement? Can you make it a prayer?

Dear God, it’s pretty clear that nobody’s perfect. We’re all sinners. Because of that no mere human is worthy to hang out with You. Death is inevitable. When I die somebody has to pay for my sin. If it’s me, I don’t want to imagine how I would be spending eternity. Thankfully, You love me enough to provide a way out. You sent Your only Son to live perfectly on earth and pay the penalty for my sin on the cross. It costs Him everything.  But amazingly, that ticket to heaven costs me nothing. I just have to accept that gift. With that understanding, I trust You as Savior and Lord. Come into my life and guide me so that my life can give You glory. Amen.

Got it? Done deal? Challenge met? Welcome to the family. 

There are two things I would urge you to do very soon. One, tell somebody about this decision you just made. Two, start a journal. Nothing fancy. Simply record the changes you see in your life. Looking back a few months or years from now, you will probably be amazed at how God will work in you and through you. 

Also, if you have time, drop me a note. I love hearing from new brothers and sisters in Christ.

Yeah, it’s that simple. And simultaneously, incredibly complex, and beyond our imagination

If you happen to take the dare just now, please let me know. There’s no way I can keep a hard count, but it’s just so cool to hear. Also, if you want sermon notes, a small group discussion guide, or quantity discounts, please go to  thejesusdare.com. At that website, there’s even a 7-part podcast and “Jesus Dare” song and music video.

Be well,

/jay

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