Posted by: Derek Guyer | November 16, 2008

ROTH Challenge: The Beginning

I’ve seen a problem that troubles most every believer I’ve ever known, myself included. It’s a problem talked about quite frequently, but unfortunately that’s where it usually ends. Lots of talk, but little to no action.

How long have you been reading the word of God? How many times have you read Jesus’ sermon on the mount? What about the great stories of faith scattered all throughout the Bible? How many times have you heard a great sermon that spoke directly to your life and your own need for Christ?

In all of those times reading or hearing about God’s word, how many times did you increase in faith and stop worrying when troubling times came? What about simple commands laid all throughout scripture? Are you living them? If you’re like the majority of people out there “going to church” and calling themselves “Christians”, you’re not doing much. As the body of Christ, we’ve stopped living what we read. The effects have been traumatic on our entire lives, but especially our homes. Satan loves how we’ve become worshippers of the word of God, but rarely worship Jesus, the Word, himself. He loves how much we talk anything and everything that’s of no real substance. He wants us to make excuses about why we’re not taking steps of faith. He laughs as we wallow in our complacency. He’s got us just where he wants us. Does that make you sick? Me too.

You up for a challenge? Seriously. Are you up for a real challenge? I am.

Jesus, in John 5, was being sought by the Pharisees so they could kill Him. They were angry with Him because he was making himself equal with God, and they wanted the “blasphemy” to end. Jesus gives an incredible explanation about who He was and is and then sticks the dagger right into their hearts with some of the most piercing words I find in scripture:

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”

John 5:39-40 (NIV)

Wow. Jesus gets right to the point. We read the scriptures over and over again, yet what good has that ever done us? Have we found that life he was talking about? Are we living any different? If so, praise God! If not, what a shame. The scriptures testify about the light. If we can stop glorifying the word of God above Jesus, the Word, I think we’ll begin to understand how powerful the word can be. It can be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, if we humble ourselves before it’s author and creator. We need to stop talking about how powerful the word is and start experiencing the life it’s testifying about. 

I don’t simply want to say I believe any more. I want my actions to say it for me. I don’t want to go to church. I want to be the church. I don’t want to read the word. I want to know the Word. I pray you want it to.

If you do, then join us for what I believe can and will be an incredible challenge. We want to begin challenging you and the rest of our readers with God’s word and then experience those changes together here on the site. We want to take pieces of scripture and challenge you to read, memorize, and apply them to the glory of God and the rise of your home. Then, we want you to come onto the site and share what you did. We want to know how it worked or didn’t work. We want to know what you tried and didn’t try. We welcome your questions and challenges, alike. 

Tomorrow, we’ll be posting the first weekly challenge. Until then, we ask that you pray for open hearts and minds as you begin applying the word to your life. 

It’s time for a revolution in the body of Christ, and it starts at home. I’m ready for a challenge. What about you? Are you up for the Rise of the Home Challenge?

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Joshua 24:15 (NIV)


  1. I’m in Derek. I’ll start Challenge Number 1 tomorrow.

  2. […] pray all of these challenges will continue to change me as a man of God and you as well. Our purpose in writing these, for those who are new to the Rise of the Home site or for those who have forgotten, is to learn to […]

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