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What would happen at Cross View if we took the words of Jesus, read them, and actually put them into practice? What kind of response would our non-Christian friends and neighbors have to us? It seems like a simple idea, right? Sometimes it’s difficult to begin or to know where to go once we start.

This Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Cross View will kick off this “Red Letter Challenge” (RLC), a 40-day challenge where we as brothers and sisters in Christ are challenged to read the words of Jesus for 40 days straight. We’ll do this by reading daily devotionals, attending Bible studies that go along with what we are learning, listening to sermons Sundays and Wednesdays, and by being challenged in our walk with Jesus each of those 40 days.

We’ll learn five principles that were important to Jesus: Being, Forgiving, Serving, Giving, and Going. This church-wide campaign is based on the book The Red Letter Challenge by Lutheran pastor, Zach Zehnder. He wrote it with the hopes of equipping Jesus’ followers through 40 days’ worth of readings and challenges to practically and daily live out our faith. Following Jesus is simply reading His words and then acting on them.

If you’ve never heard of Jesus, this challenge is for you. If you’ve known Him for your whole life, this challenge is for you. If you’ve been waiting to invite the spiritually curious friend from work or yoga class with thought-provoking questions about faith, this is the study to get them involved with at Cross View.

We’re challenging small groups and everybody to meet six times from February 25–April 5. If you’re not in a small group, but interested in serving as a host or facilitator for a Challenge Group (Lent only), please contact Pastor Toby Schmidt at

Each week, Cross View member Pastor Paul Emmel will reflect on his experiences participating in the Red Letter Challenge on the Cross View blog. Click here to read his thoughts.

ADULT SUNDAY STUDY: Red Letter Challenge 
How can we follow Jesus better? Let’s read His words. Join us at 9:30 on Sunday mornings as we consider the words of Jesus and how to better follow them. Questions? Contact Pastor Toby with questions:

Join our large Small Group this Lent (March 4 - April 1) as we dig into the Red Letter Challenge. We’ll learn, through the words of Jesus, the five main principles of being a disciple. This study meets 7:15 - 8:00 PM in Room 218. Questions? Contact Pastor Toby with questions:

We are excited about this adventure of faith that we will take together as a Cross View faith family.