COME & SURRENDER 1% MORE OF YOUR LIFE TO KINGDOM LIVING FOR KINGDOM MOVEMENT
In a world full of distractions and competing priorities, it can be easy to lose sight of what truly matters. What if we could make a small but significant change that would have a lasting impact on our lives and the Kingdom of God?
Imagine dedicating just 1% more of your life – whether it’s time, resources, money, or energy – to spending time with Jesus and making an impact for His Kingdom. This simple act of surrendering ourselves completely to Him has the potential to ignite a Kingdom movement within us and within our community.
When we come and surrender our lives to Jesus, we open ourselves up to His transformative power. By committing that extra 1%, we are signaling our willingness to go above and beyond in our pursuit of Him. It is an act of faith that says, “I believe He is worth every ounce of my devotion.”
1% more of your day: 14.4 minutes
1% more of your week: 1 hour, 40 minutes
1% more of your month: 7 hours, 10 minutes
1% more of your year: 3 ½ days
1% more of your income: $750 to $1,000
Surrender 1% more of my life to my personal walk with Jesus.
Surrender 1% more of my life to serving the ministry of Jesus’ church.
Surrender 1% more of my week to spiritual community.
Surrender 1% more of my annual income to live generously as a Jesus follower.
Studying the Bible every day holds immense value and significance in every believer’s spiritual journey. It allows us to delve into the depths of God’s Word, gaining insights into His heart, His love for humanity, and the teachings of Jesus.
Taking the time to read and reflect on Scripture allows us to cultivate an intimate relationship with God. As we spend time in His Word each day, we draw closer to Him and experience His presence more profoundly. Click on any of the Bible images below to purchase.
SURRENDER 1% MORE OF MY LIFE TO MY PERSONAL WALK WITH JESUS.
Did you know that you can read the whole Bible in a year with just 15 minutes a day? Check out our Bible reading plans and jump in any time.
Harold Schofield, a brilliant Oxford doctor who had labored as a missionary in China for many years, was on his knees praying, “Lord, give me missionaries from British Universities to help in China.”
The day he died, D. E. Hoste applied to Hudson Taylor for mission work in the China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship). Schofield’s prayer was answered as seven Cambridge students volunteered to leave behind cozy lives of wealth and privilege to serve God in whatever way they were led.
These seven inspired thousands of others to think seriously of missionary service. Included among them was C.T. Studd, captain of England and the finest cricketer of his day – if he could give all that up, then so could anyone!
The story of these seven are an inspiration that God can take people and use them in incredible ways – if they are willing to serve.
As Pollock says in his book “Theirs is the story of ordinary men, and thus may be repeated.” Will it be repeated in your life?
For challenge and encouragement in your Christian life, read about the life of Charles Spurgeon. In this biography, you’ll get to know the English Baptist who became known as “the Prince of Preachers”—a man who led a 6,000-seat “megachurch” decades before the term was coined, and whose sermons and writings are still readable a hundred years after his death. Appropriate for readers from junior high through adult, helpful for believers of any background, this biography encourages greater Christian commitment through the example of Charles Spurgeon.
Millions have read books and listened to sermons by Timothy Keller. But which people and what events shaped his own thinking and spiritual growth? With unfettered access to Keller’s personal notes and sermons – as well as exclusive interviews with family members and longtime friends – Collin Hansen gives you unprecedented understanding of one of the 21st century’s most influential church leaders.
Spend any time around Timothy Keller and you’ll learn what he’s reading, what he’s learning, what he’s seeing. The story of Timothy Keller is the story of his spiritual and intellectual influences, from the woman who taught him how to read the Bible to the professor who taught him to preach Jesus from every text to the philosopher who taught him to see beneath society’s surface.
For the first time, Hansen introduces readers to Keller’s early years: the home where he learned to tell stories from the trees, the church where he learned to care for souls, and the city that lifted him to the international fame he never wanted. This is the untold story of the people, the books, the lectures, and ultimately the God who formed and shaped the life of Timothy Keller.
With over ten million copies sold, God’s Smuggler has thrilled and inspired readers for more than forty years. It tells the true story of how a young Dutchman risked his life to bring faith and hope to believers behind the Iron Curtain.Now updated with new material from interviews with Brother Andrew, he tells of his adventures as his ministry took him to the Middle East, Africa, China, Israel, Pakistan and other places of great danger and extraordinary opportunities. With new relevance, and at such a poignant time for persecuted Christians, this book is set to inspire a whole new generation of readers.
Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) was a missionary and author who spent over 50 years of her life overseas, without returning home, serving mainly low-caste girls and boys in South India. Iain Murray’s concise biography provides an enlightening and moving account of her remarkable life and love for her Savior, as well as perceptively drawing lessons from it.
This is a biography of the famous missionary, James Hudson Taylor, a British Protestant Christian missionary to China, and founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM) (now OMF International). Taylor spent 51 years in China, and the society he began was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country who began 125 schools and directly resulted in 18,000 Christian conversions.
Taylor was known for his sensitivity to Chinese culture and zeal for evangelism. He adopted wearing native Chinese clothing even though this was rare among missionaries of that time. Under his leadership, the CIM was singularly non-denominational in practice and accepted members from all Protestant groups, including individuals from the working class and single women as well as multinational recruits.
His unbreakable faith in God during a life dedicated to reaching China’s millions with the Gospel has been a lasting inspiration to many.
In 1956, five young men, including Elliot’s husband, Jim, traveled into the jungles of Ecuador to establish communication with the fierce Huaorani Tribe, a people whose only previous response to the outside world has been to attack all strangers.
The men’s mission combined modern technology with innate ingenuity, sparked by a passionate determination to get the gospel to those without Christ. In a nearby village, their wives waited to hear from them. The news they received – all five missionaries had been murdered – changed lives around the world forever.
Written while she was still a missionary in South America and at the request of the men’s families, Through Gates of Splendor was Elisabeth Elliot’s personal account of the final mission of these five courageous men.
Filled with quotations from letters, material from personal journals, a wealth of photographs, and an epilogue update, this book tells a lasting story of God’s grace, unconditional love, and great courage.
Corrie ten Boom was the first licensed female watchmaker in the Netherlands who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable ministers of hope in the twentieth century.
In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis. In 1944 their lives were forever altered when they were betrayed, arrested, and thrown into the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived.
This is her incredible true story – and ultimately the story of how faith, hope, and forgiveness triumphed over unthinkable evil. Now in a beautiful deluxe edition, this beloved book continues to declare that God’s love will overcome, heal, and restore. There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still, and no darkness so thick that His light can’t break through.
Many people will remember Eric Liddell as the Olympic gold medalist from the Academy Award-winning film “Chariots of Fire”. Famously, Liddell would not run on Sunday because of his strict observance of the Christian sabbath, and so he did not compete in his signature event, the 100 meters, at the 1924 Paris Olympics. He was the greatest sprinter in the world at the time, and his choice not to run was ridiculed by the British Olympic committee, his fellow athletes, and most of the world press. Yet Liddell triumphed in a new event, winning the 400 meters in Paris.
Liddell ran – and lived – for the glory of his God. After winning gold, he dedicated himself to missionary work. He travelled to China to work in a local school and as a missionary. He married and had children there. By the time he could see war on the horizon, Liddell put Florence, his pregnant wife, and children on a boat to Canada, while he stayed behind, his conscience compelling him to stay among the Chinese. He and thousands of other westerners were eventually interned at a Japanese work camp.
Once imprisoned, Liddell did what he was born to do: practice his faith and his sport. He became the moral center of an unbearable world. He was the hardest worker in the camp, he counseled many of the other prisoners, he gave up his own meager portion of meals many days, and he organized games for the children there. He even raced again. For his ailing, malnourished body, it was all too much. Liddell died of a brain tumor just before the end of the war. His passing was mourned around the world, and his story still inspires.
In the spirit of The Boys in the Boat and Unbroken, For the Glory is both a compelling narrative of athletic heroism and a gripping story of faith in the darkest circumstances.
Christian biographies offer more than just historical accounts; they provide valuable insights into the struggles, triumphs, and unwavering faith of those who have gone before us. Through their stories, we can learn valuable lessons about perseverance, courage, and the power of God’s grace.
By immersing ourselves in these accounts, we gain a deeper understanding of our own spiritual journeys. We see how ordinary individuals faced extraordinary circumstances with unwavering faith and reliance on God. Their experiences serve as beacons of inspiration and encouragement for us to navigate our own challenges with grace and trust in God’s plan.
Getting into the habit of doing a daily devotion along with Bible reading is a great way to grow spiritually, gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word, and learn practical ways to apply scripture to your own life. There are thousands of excellent Christian devotionals to choose from, but we’ve compiled a short list of some of our favorites that we’d recommend.
Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
It’s not enough to read God’s Word—we must carry it in our hearts. To love someone is to pay attention—careful, “remembering” attention—to what they say. When we love someone, we remember their words.
To help you become more deeply rooted in God’s Word, we’ve created a scripture memory verse pack consisting of 52 verses—one for each week in 2024. You can print these at home and bind them however you’d like. You can also download our custom wallpapers to keep each week’s verse front and center. Verses are categorized by specific themes so that you can choose which verse to memorize depending on the season of life you’re in.
SURRENDER 1% MORE OF MY LIFE TO SERVING THE MINISTRY OF JESUS’ CHURCH.
If you want to get more involved, we invite you to come to Growth Track, a weekly opportunity to help you discover your unique design and live the life God created you for. Whether you’re new to Journey or have been going for years, Growth Track is for every person at our church!
SURRENDER 1% MORE OF MY WEEK TO SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY.
While many of us read specific chapters and verses in our Bibles, very few Christians read the Bible from cover to cover. Every part of God’s Word offers something to be learned, which is why we’re encouraging all students to participate in a Bible reading plan. Whether you want to read the entire thing or just the New Testament, we have several plan options to choose from.
Learn from leaders of the faith through stories of their lives. Reading about the trials and triumphs of other followers of Christ can bring us courage, hope, and boldness to walk fully in our faith.
Game Changer by Kirk Cousins
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey by Tim Tebow
Uncommon by Tony Dungy
Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet & Geoff Benge
Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer by Janet & Geoff Benge
Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by Janet & Geoff Benge
Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems by Janet & Geoff Benge
Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den by Janet & Geoff Benge
What better way to motivate everyone in the family to read their Bible daily than for everyone to do it together? While you follow along with one of our adult plans, your kids can work through key Bible stories each week as well. Each of these plans has additional activities and questions to engage your kids and equip you to have family discussions about what your children have read.
Just as we seek out pillars of faith whose example we can look up to, our kids also need Christian role models (besides you, parents!) whose life they can explore and understand. One great way to engage with your kids is to read these stories aloud to them at night, or you could even read about the same person! Check out just a few of our favorites below as a starting point.
We believe one of the best ways for kids to grow in their walk with Jesus is simply to attend church regularly! That’s why we’re challenging every family to attend at least 36 Sundays in 2024.
Statistics show that the average family only attends church once a month. Will you join us in this challenge? You don’t need to turn the tracker in to us – it’s simply a fun way for your kids to mark their