Join all of Grace Chapel in taking The Roots Challenge
(formerly known as Plug In)
February 5 – April 9, 2017
9 weeks of daily time with God, weekly worship, and small group discussions
Our mission as a church is discovering life with God for the good of the world. God’s deep desire is for each of us to thrive, overflowing with the joy and peace that only He can give. But we can’t thrive without strong roots and healthy nutrition. If we’re not rooted in God—growing daily in our relationship with Him—then we will be of little use to the world. And if we don’t apply our faith to our lives and relationships, then we will be of little use to God.
The Roots Challenge is a 9-week experience designed to help us grow in both of these areas: refresh your passion for God and become a channel of change to those around you. It’s an invitation to engage with God, your family, friends, community, and the world in new ways.
Embrace the challenge to:
If you're already in a small group, that's wonderful! You can go through the Roots curriculum together. If not, you can join a Roots Group assembled specifically for this all-church challenge. Click on the button for your campus to learn more.
Stay on track with the daily Mizizi readings with this schedule and access the sermon series here.
Sunday, February 5 sermon: Week 1 - Our New Identity
Week 1 daily readings: Monday-Friday, February 6-10
Sunday, February 12 sermon: Week 2 - Encountering God
Week 2 daily readings: Monday-Friday, February 13-17
Sunday, February 19 sermon: Week 3 - Becoming a Christ Follower
Week 3 daily readings: Monday-Friday, February 20-24
Sunday, February 26 sermon: Week 4 - Holiness and Wholeness
Week 4 daily readings: Monday-Friday, February 27 - March 3
Sunday, March 5 sermon: Week 5 - Sharing God's Heart, Part 1
Week 5 daily readings: Monday-Friday, March 6-10
Sunday, March 12 sermon: Week 6 - Sharing God's Heart, Part 2
Week 6 daily readings: Monday-Friday, March 13-17
(Note: We're skipping Week 7: Money Matters because this topic was covered in our January teaching series. If you want to dig deeper into this area, feel free to use the Mizizi readings and journal questions.)
Sunday, March 19 sermon: Week 8 - Shaped for Service
Week 8 daily readings: Monday-Friday, March 20-24
Sunday, March 26 sermon: Week 9 - Welcome to the Family
Week 9 daily readings: Monday-Friday, March 27-31
Sunday, April 2 sermon: Week 10 - The Journey Ahead
Week 10 daily readings: Monday-Friday, April 3-7
There are a lot of good reasons! Here are just a few; perhaps you see yourself in some of these scenarios.
Stop by the Information Desk at your campus to pick up a copy of the Mizizi book. A suggested donation of $10 will help to cover the cost, but if you cannot afford it, please don’t let that stop you from participating. We want everyone who will use the book to take one.
If you can't be at the physical location, either stop by the office during the week or order your copy on Amazon.
Plug In grads: We’ll be using an updated version of Mizizi this season, so we strongly encourage you to use the new version. (Otherwise, you might be missing out on a whole chapter!)
We feel deeply blessed and privileged to use the Mizizi materials for many reasons:
We also realize that Mizizi isn’t perfect. It’s fine to disagree with or dispute aspects of the book, but we ask that you avoid getting bogged down in them. Simply acknowledge the flaws, then move on and focus on listening to what God has to say to you.
Check out the resources section at the bottom of this page for supplemental scripture readings and journal questions, an expanded version of the readings and questions listed in the Mizizi book.
We decided to rebrand Plug In as Roots because 1) it’s the translation of Mizizi, the title of the curriculum and 2) putting down roots in our faith and relationships takes time, as opposed to the “instant on” of plugging in. However, the curriculum and small group context have not changed much.
We’re glad you asked! Our hope and prayer is that you will have a fresh encounter with God. You are in a difference space of life, even if you took Plug In recently. We believe that as we walk through this experience together as a community with others who have not, God will stoke the fires of our faith and re-ignite our passion for Him.
Also, Roots is more about putting our faith into day-to-day practice than it is about knowledge. While there may be some aspects of the Christian lifestyle that I am doing well now, there may be other practical aspects that I have let slide or disappear. These practices need to be revisited and refreshed, like a car’s regular oil changes. So we humbly submit ourselves to go through this challenge together, sensing that God is calling us to be more loving, gracious agents of His Kingdom.
Finally, The Roots Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for you to guide others through this journey. You can live out the Great Commission by helping to make disciples in a very practical way by stepping up to a leadership role this season.
We challenge all LCs to meet as often as you can (weekly is optimal) from February 5 – April 9. Prior to February, have an honest conversation in your group about your hopes and realities for this season, and come to a decision together. The continuity of weekly meetings will make for a rich and deep experience, but you can also have an effective experience on a biweekly schedule.
Yes, from a curriculum perspective. The readings start at a foundational level so non-churchgoers have a good entry point, but they also get practical very quickly. In fact, we’re pausing Alpha classes during this time so that everyone can take The Roots Challenge together. However, the “seeker-friendliness” of the experience is ultimately dependent upon the climate of your group. If you are an established small group, have a conversation about this possibility prior to February and, if you want to invite unchurched friends, discuss how you might be attentive to their perspective as “outsiders.”
Our desire is for as many GC people as possible to take The Roots Challenge this season as a church-wide journey, and make whatever sacrifices are necessary to do so. However, if this is untenable, we encourage you to still attend the services/watch them online, and definitely do the daily readings from wherever you are—God will meet you. Because the full experience is received in community, consider signing up for the fall session of Roots.
Yes! Groups will remain open throughout this all-church Roots experience, so newcomers are always welcome.
There are four things we’re trusting God to do among us:
This is a new season for Grace Chapel, so we appreciate whatever comments, questions, concerns, or encouragement you may have for us regarding The Roots Challenge. Send an email to , and we will be glad to engage with you.
Supplemental Scripture Readings and Journal Questions
Prayer Experience Guidelines
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