Welcome to The 40-Day Challenge!
You are joining Christian students from all over the United States
who are participating in The “Yes, I Believe in God” 40-Day
Challenge. Our desire is to live out the Great Commandment and
the Great Commission on our Middle School, High School, and College
Our Vision Statement
"A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission
leads to a Great Campus!"
What is the Great Commandment?
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind [and with all your
strength].” This is the first and greatest commandment. And
the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew
What is the Great Commission?
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely
I [Jesus] am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew
When does the 40-Day Challenge start?
You should have/attend a Boot Camp sometime
before the Challenge starts. Find out how to get your "Bootcamp
in a Box" here.
Day One begins at your school on the same day as “See
You At the Pole.”
Click here to open an article about
The National Network of Youth Ministries
Principles of Fasting
How do I make this work?
What to STOP doing: Living
out the Great Commandment and Great Commission over these next
forty days is going to require intense focus on your
part. “Fasting” is choosing to give up something you
really want, to focus on Jesus and prayer for a period of time. The
word “fast” doesn't mean to speed up, it means to slow
down, to stop the common and ordinary things (like eating for example)
in order to focus your attention on your relationship with Jesus.
Prayer normally involves your spirit and your soul (mind, will and
emotions), but when you “fast” you get your body involved.
You are praying with your whole self. The Bible has numerous examples
of fasting's effect:
1. It shakes the devil. Mark 9:29 (KJV)
2. It stirs your soul. Isaiah 58:6-7a
3. It submits your desires. Matthew 4:2
What to START doing: The most Biblical and profitable “fast” is
to give up eating. Nothing like a hunger pain to cause us to pray.
Some have “fasted” a meal a day, some a day a week, some
have given up certain types of food for the whole forty days (fried,
fast-food, soft-drinks, sweets). If you “fast” food,
check with your parents and if necessary a doctor before getting
too extreme in your “fasting”. Another type of “fasting” could
be to give up something that you really like and consumes your time
like playing video games, watching TV, talking on the phone, wearing
make-up, your boyfriend/girlfriend (yes that has happened). Fasting
these things can free your time and can focus you on your relationship
with Jesus Christ.
One word of caution: There is no such thing as “fasting” things
that God has called sin. You repent and turn from sin permanently
not for a period of time. So make sure that what you decide to “fast” from
for forty days is not something you need to run from for life.
Why 40 Days?
A goal of The 40-Day Challenge is for one day to lead to 40 days,
and for 40 days to ultimately lead to a Lifestyle! Here is the
significance of 40 Days:
Judgment. 40 Days was a sign in the Bible that God was removing
evil. (See Noah and the Flood Story. Genesis 7:4)
Preparation. 40 Days was a sign in the Bible that God was getting
people ready for action. (See the story about Jesus being tempted
by satan in the wilderness. Matthew 4:2)
Restoration. 40 Days was a sign in the Bible that
God wanted to win people to Himself. (See the story where Jonah
to Nineveh for 40 Days. Jonah 3:4)
It takes 21 days to create a habit.
In 40 Days you can form a lifestyle!
Bless. Pray. Serve. Tell.
These are ways you live out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
You will see the icons below on each day of The 40-Day Challenge as a reminder
of what each day is all about.
|Bless. Do not let any unwholesome talk come
out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others
up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
|Pray. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful
and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door
for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ… Colossians
|Serve. Serve whole-heartedly, as if you were
serving the Lord and not men. Ephesians 6:7
|Tell. But in your hearts set apart Christ
as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who
asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do
this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15