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Next Steps | #2016ChallengeAccepted (Adventure)

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January 31: #AdventureGoals

God want us to a live life to the fullest, with fun, joy and adventure. He wants us to delight in Him first, but also to enjoy the adventure that He has for us. Unfortunately, the day-to-day responsibilities of life, and the challenges that come with them, are often off-ramps on the road to delight. And some of us fight against boredom, play it safe, and give in to cynicism, causing us to miss out on all that God has for us. This week we’re looking at goals that will help us get back on track to the adventure-filled life God has for us. Spend time with these questions, and then discuss them with your running partner, family over dinner or life group, and use them to help you create 2016 adventure goals.

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Next Steps | #2016ChallengeAccepted (Financial)

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#FinancialGoals

Money is involved in everything, such as day-to-day living, going to the doctor, starting a company, and taking a vacation. Everything. So naturally we spend a lot of time thinking about money—what we can do with it and what can happen when we don’t have enough. Many of us spend a good amount of time worrying about money despite that fact the Bible says we’re to do otherwise. We’re meant to both enjoy our money and steward it wisely, with God as the foundation. Work through the following questions, and get together with your running partner, life group, friends, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | #2016ChallengeAccepted (Fitness)

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#FitnessGoals

Being physically healthy plays a role in how you experience life, which can impact your relationships, faith, and joy. Busy schedules and convenient access to unhealthy food makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle challenging, although it’s worth the effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | #2016ChallengeAccepted (Relational)

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#RelationalGoals

Relationships can be beautiful. At the same time, they can be messy and challenging. The bottom line: they require both work and are necessary for our personal growth and support. While lasting life-change and accountability happens in the context of healthy relationships and groups, people frequently isolate or turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms rather than stick with relationships and community. This is often because they require intentional commitment and effort including grace and forgiveness, which isn’t always easy. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | #2016ChallengeAccepted (Spiritual)

Slide1January 3: #SpiritualGoals

What if this new year you didn’t just approach life’s external realities, but what if you began by addressing internal realities? What if you enacted a plan to take things to the next level spiritually? Might this not only impact your life spiritually, but might this give you the needed strength to address other areas of life? That’s what #2016ChallengeAccepted is all about. But don’t go it alone…join in with community for encouragement and accountability. Work through the following questions, and get together with your running partner, life group, friends, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Keys of Change

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Questions—Keys of Change

Uh oh, it’s almost January 1, which means it’s the start of another new year, which for many of us means lamenting what we didn’t do over the past year, while simultaneously fretting about what we ought to do in the year ahead. Sound familiar? Has fear of the unknown been holding you back from pursuing your passions? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | My Crazy Christmas—Blessing Family (Gateway North)

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December 20 | Blessing Family

The Christmas season tends to stir up a lot of emotions in people as the holidays draw near. Some feelings are exciting and joyful, others are painful and difficult, and most can be traced back to our families and memories of childhood. However, as Christ’s coming represents an unconditional love and undeserved blessing for all mankind, we look at how He may be calling us to bless our families this year despite the wounds from our past. Work through the following questions on your own or get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Life Giving Life (Gateway South)

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One thing you’ll hear us say around Gateway is “come as you are, but don’t stay that way.” We encourage spiritual growth, which leads to life transformation. Spiritual growth takes many forms, and one way it’s evident is in our commitments to both serve and give. While not always easy or comfortable, serving and giving are rewarding, and allow us to exercise unique gifts and talents.

Work through the following questions on your own or get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | My Crazy Christmas—Family Boundaries (Gateway North)

Mycrazychristmas_nextstepsSpending time with family around the holidays can be fun yet stressful and challenging, as we navigate various types of dysfunction and broken ways of relating to each other. As we strive to better care for our families and others in our lives, learning to develop healthy boundaries in our relationships can provide space for love and intimacy to grow. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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