#chapteradaychallenge on The Four Gospels
Free Gospel Challenge Printable: Download Here
When I was a teenager I heard my dad give a conference talk called, “Who is Jesus, and How Can I Know Him?” His message was life-changing for me because he put into clear, concise, relatable steps how a person can know Jesus, and how we can find salvation in Him.
Up to that point I had found the Catholic Church’s teaching on salvation confusing, and maybe a bit complicated. My Dad helped me understand that it isn’t complicated, it’s just rich. full. mind-blowing. And it begins with a simple question: Who is Jesus, and how can I know him?
One of the key tenets of my Dad’s talk was that you can’t be a disciple of Jesus Christ without first knowing who Jesus is, and knowing that his mission was to point us to God the Father. Our Father. For unless we understand the Fatherhood of God and the invitation to be grafted into God’s covenant family, we don’t understand the New Testament or Christianity. (c.f. J.I. Packer, Knowing God.)
And that’s why the bedrock of the Catholic Church’s teachings, her sacraments, her mission, and her promulgation of the Holy Bible have at it’s core the purpose of sharing with everyone the “Good News” of who Jesus Christ is, and how you can have a relationship with him.
In the Catechism, we learn that one of the primary ways to encounter Jesus is reading the Four Gospels:
“The Gospels are the heart of all the Scriptures because they are our principal source for the life and teaching of the Incarnate Word, our Savior.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church Section #125
Saint John, the Apostle closest to Jesus, tells us that the Gospels were written so we can know Jesus, and have life in him: “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in his name.” – John 20:31
As a way to help my own family delve deeper into knowing God, and inviting others to do the same, I have created a “chapter a day challenge” for reading all four Gospels in three months, from February 1 – April 30th. There are exactly 89 days in February through April, and 89 chapters in the Four Gospels.
It was such a blessing to do a January #chapteradaychallenge reading the Book of Proverbs together. I heard from so many blog readers and Instagram followers who were blessed and changed by the daily reading of God’s Word. I hope to continue that momentum with this Gospel reading challenge.
To help us stay on task, my friends at AmpersandETC helped me design a free printable with a daily Bible reading calendar, introductions to all four Gospels, and a suggested weekly memorization verse from the Gospels.
This is a great resource to post on your fridge or place in your dining room with a copy of the Scriptures – it takes 5 minutes or less to read one chapter of the Bible after dinner each night. Sometimes less than 2 minutes.
I pray that this Gospel reading challenge blesses your life and your family, and helps draw you closer into relationship with Jesus.
- Please share this blog post with friends and family, and invite them to join us! Use hashtag #chapteradaychallenge and share your daily reading of the Gospels.
- If you are choosing a Bible to purchase, I recommend the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE). I do not recommend NRSVCE or RSV2CE. Ignatius Press has a nice selection of RSVCE Bibles especially this compact one and the large print family edition.
“And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” – John 17:3