The “CHRIST Talk Challenge”:
Would You Dare to Take It?
Do you know about TED Talks? Many people around the world have taken the “TED Talks challenge.”
TED started as a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less), where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged. Today, almost all topics are covered—from science to business to global issues—on thousands of videos in more than 100 languages with brief presentations from experts in their fields.
At the core of their mission is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea. Furthermore, TED Talks believes that brevity in presenting powerful ideas helps make those ideas even more powerful. Economizing our words about vital topics is a challenge for any of us!
Would you be willing—would you dare—to enter a similar contest? It’s what we call the “CHRIST Talks challenge.” It goes like this:
What would your vision of Christ look like
if you were limited to just one page and
if you could use only the actual words of Scripture?
If you dare to take the challenge, then follow these guidelines:
(1) Read the sample CHRIST Talk blog post here. It is written by the originator of this experiment, Dr. Richard Ross, senior professor of student ministry at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
(2) Then create your own CHRIST Talk. Remember to keep it to just one page and use only words from Scripture.
(3) Then, email it to me: David.Bryant@ChristNow.com.
(4) ChristNow.com will pick some of the best and publish them here. That way, thousands of our followers—your fellow Christians—will get to read your CHRIST Talk and go deeper with Jesus as a result.
We dare you to try it!
Senior Professor of Student Ministry
Southwestern Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. [He] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
As they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. With the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. [God said] “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
To him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.
God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Richard Ross is a professor to the next generation of youth ministers at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has authored many resources, including his latest book, Reign: Awakening a Young Generation to King Jesus. You can connect with Richard on his website, Facebook, or Twitter.