Since 1988, USC Challenge has been striving to infuse the world with life by training students to know, love, and follow after Jesus with all their hearts. We’re on this journey together and would love for you to join us!
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A Time to Worship Together
Thursday night is our time to engage in worship and teaching with all of our students. We see this time as a great opportunity each week to refresh, train, and focus vision. Our large group meetings also create fantastic opportunities for students to connect with new people from different areas of campus. Join us as we fellowship in the Lord each week.
If you’re thinking about coming and want to learn what Challenge is about, Thursday night is a great place to start! We’d love to meet you this Thursday at 7:30pm.
Neil talks about how people will know that we have faith by the way that we love one another. He walks us through the first part of 1 Corinthians 13 and how living a life of love is a process that isn't just accomplished over night.
Eric talks about the importance of keeping your focus on the Kingdom of God. He walks us through a passage at the end of Matthew 6 that demonstrates that if we focus on God first, He will take care of us.
Eric talks about the dangers of comparing ourselves to others in our walk with Jesus. He shares how God desires us to be faithful with what He has given us. Each person is given different resources in their life that God wants them to use to the best of their ability.
Steven talks about how when we step into a relationship with Christ we are transformed from the inside out. He shares from the New Testament on how being concerned with the outward appearances doesn't mean real transformation has taken place.
Neil talks about the importance of mental Ebenezers (reminders of what God has done in our lives). He shares several stories of things that God has done in his life and the way that those have impacted his faith.
Neil walks through some questions that we should ask ourselves, including what is it that's going to make it "enough" for me? What will I do with what's been entrusted to me? He talks about the importance of living our lives to hear God's words.
Jeremy begins a new series by talking about three shifts that happen when we step into a relationship with Christ. A shift in motivation, in actions and pursuits, and in hope. He talks about what these shifts mean for our lives.
Neil continues the series by talking about the things that we are called to put to death and the things that we are called to put off when we step into a relationship with Christ. He walks through what those things are and how we can follow through in putting them to death or putting them off.
Steven talks about Colossians 3:12-14 and how we are to put on certain things in the new life we have if we have a relationship with Christ. He talks about how we have to view ourselves correctly and that everything we put on flows out of putting on compassion.
Steven continues through Colossians 3:15-17, identifying three commands for us: letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly, and doing everything in the name of Jesus. He talks about how gratitute is the key to fulfilling these commands.
Erin talks about how when you devote yourself to yourself you deplete yourself. She shares on the importance of prayer, how every person is called to testify with their lives, and the importance of filling our lives with things that matter, eternal things.
Steven walks us through the roles that Jehoiada and Jehosheba played in helping the lineage of David remain on the throne of Israel. He talks about how it took courage and planning and that God really used them to fulfill His promise.
Steven walks us through the story of David and Goliath. He takes a look at what David, Goliath, and Saul were drawing their courage from and how that plays out in the story, leading to David's victory over Goliath.
Erin takes us through the story of the widow and Elijah in 1 Kings 17 and how their interaction points the widow to God. She challenges us to look for ways to share the hope that we have with the people that God has placed around us.
Neil talks about how advent is a time that helps us to remember, prepare for, and anticipate the celebration of the birth of Christ. He talks about how our lives
should be spent in a state of advent, expecting and preparing for God to work in and through us.
Neil talks about the three enemies that we are battling and what can be used to combat each of them. He digs a little deeper into what attacks from the enemy (the devil) look like and how to begin to build a life of readiness to resist the enemy.
Erin helps us look at the lie, "It's not what I want." She takes us through Jesus' night of prayer in the garden of Gesthemane and how He found power in surrendering His will to God's. She shows how this lie can affect our life and gives three things that can be done in order to have victory over the lie.
Jeremy takes us through the enemy lie of "I'm too tired". He shares the truth that we may be tired, but with God's help we are not too tired. He also shares three different preventative measures to take in order to help prevent this lie from coming up.
Erin speaks about the enemy lie of, "I'm the only one." She talks about how the enemy tries to isolate us and make us believe this lie. Erin walks us through the life of Elijah to demonstrate this and help us to see our need to lean in and listen to God and community. She gives very practical steps on how to do this.
Elliot talks about how to develop a heart of gratitude. He walks us through Romans 6:23 to answer the question of why we have gratitude and then gives a few pointers on how to develop a heart of gratitude.
Neil speaks to the truth that your words have great impact. He talks about how your mouth controls the direction of your life and often the lives of others. He gives five practical ways to start managing your mouth/the things you say.
Eric shares how to get the most out of a conference and talks about how retreats are for relationships. He digs in to how to focus on your relationship with God, your relationship with wiser Christians, and your relationship with your peers.
Neil talks about how the gospel isn't only about grace, it is also about life and that we should work to make the aim of our lives to know, love, and walk with God with all our hearts. He walks through three different questions to answer how to begin to do this.
Max talks about the importance of really guarding your heart in every area of your life, which all begins with renewing your mind. He speaks directly to the areas of sexual purity, love of money, pornogrophy, and use of alcohol.
Max shares about how Jesus went out of His way to serve and that we need to follow His example. He goes over a long list of ways to be a blessing to others and the importance of learning to serve where nobody sees.
Max goes through a detailed explanation of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He talks about the importance of being filled with the Spirit. He also shares the importance of spending time with the Father and how we have the freedom to go directly to God.
Max talks about the importance of looking at your own life to see if you are seeking to live a godly life. You reproduce what you are, so you need to be aware of how you are living and growing. He talks about embracing the opportunities you're given to grow.
Bob talks about the truth that everything we do has an effect. He talks about three things we need to do in order to care for our souls: tending to our past, creating space for God in our hearts, and addressing where we're headed. He shares how important it is to do these things in community with others.
Bob shares how pride isn't just arrogance, it's any strategy that we have to try to make our life work without God. He talks about how there is power in a humble heart, in letting go of our own lives, and the importance of confessing our sins to each other for healing. We have to let God into our hurts.
Dan starts out the week by sharing about how the world we live in today is our Babylon by looking at the life of Daniel. He points out five different strategies the world uses to pull us away from God.
Dan looks into ten turning points that occurred in the life of Nebuchadnezzar in order for him to fully recognize and accept who God was. He shows the role that Daniel and his friends played in this and how God turned Nebuchadnezzar to Himself.
Dan shares about different life stages line the path of influence. These include sovereign foundations, hidden years, crucible experiences, identifying and developing your strengths, learning to contribute, learning to be faithful, understanding authority, having love and respect for others, and stewardship over resources you're given.
Conventional thinking and preparation for work and career have been upended by the New Economy: the traditional idea of a job is dead. Dan shares the new thinking and skills required to be a value creating professional, to avoid obsolescence, and to re-think what it means to have a career.
Paul looks at the urgency of buying up opportunities to share Jesus as well as key principles and tools for engaging people with the gospel. He shares "Three Habits for Everyday Evangelism" that have helped people be more intentional with reaching those around them.
We are inundated with ideas every day from the culture and media about the kind of person to be and how to think. In this workshop Alex evaluates the messages our culture sends us and shares how to filter with the right perspective.
When you go to a party, are you wearing the lampshade or in a corner? Are most of your friends outgoing but you are not? Jesus commands us all to make disciples! John talks about how to have a dynamic ministry as an introvert.
Mike talks about how an invested life is an obedient life and that apart from obedience you can't experience God's love. He speaks to the idea that obeying God every day keeps you spiritually in shape.
Mike walks us through the importance of sharing and how an invested life is a sharing life. He talks about how sharing doesn't end when someone accepts Christ, but rather how that's where it really begins.
Dudley shares about his journey from cultural Christianity to personal Christianity and finally to purposeful Christianity. He talks about how we should all be asking, "What is God's will?" and making our plans from there.
Dudley breaks down the idea that the gospel is translated by relationship by walking through the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. He also speaks to the idea that discipleship is not a program, but an integrated whole life experience.
Brian takes us through how we can't avoid tough times, but we can prepare for them. He shares different points of things to do in preparation and other things to do while in the midst of the tough times.
Neil talks about the importance of developing good friendships. He walks through eleven things to work on in order to be a good friend. Due to technical difficulties we don't have a recording for this message, but you can use this link to view and/or download a pdf of the message.
Jeremy speaks to the truth that a commitment to training is a commitment to a life you love. He walks us through what that can look like in our day to day life, three people/groups of people that we should make ourselves available to, and the impact that it can have in our lives.
Erin takes us through two snapshots from the life of Peter in the New Testament. She speaks to the truth that the story God can write of your life is so much greater than anything you can imagine and talks through four practical lessons that can be learned from Peter's life.
Neil talks about how it is direction, not intention, that determines destination. He walks us through how different life can be when walking on God's path and talks about how to practically live that out.
Jeremy speaks to the idea that if you can make disciples, you can parent well and if you can parent well, you can make disciples. He talks about eight lessons he has learned about discipleship from being a parent.
Neil walks us through the truth that we are saved by grace through faith and that grace can not be earned and is not deserved. He does this through by looking at the story of Jacob and his family and the genealogy of Jesus.
Neil wraps up the message series on dating, love, relationships, and marriage. He takes us through two examples from scripture, one a bad example (David and Bathsheba) and the other a good example (Isaac and Rebekah). He walks us through the lessons to be learned from these two relationships.
New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating
Andy did a series on this topic at his church, Northpoint, and he says it so well that we are including a link here in order for you to be able to view any of the four messages from him. They can all be found on this page: http://northpoint.org/messages/the-new-rules-for-love-sex-and-dating/
Neil begins a series on dating, love, relationships, and marriage by looking at what the Bible says about romantic love. He walks us through a passage in 1st Kings about King Solomon and the lessons to be learned from Solomon's choice to give into romantic love.
Harold talks about how when we submit to Christ there is a massive reality shift (a re-birth, a life-track shift, and a Kingdom shift). Harold talks about how because of these things we have a status shift and that all of these reality shifts are important in our internal battles.
Harold walks through different insights that can help you keep the old ways of your life from overwhelming you after you have stepped into a relationship with Christ. He gives practical ways to combat the things that continue to come up.
Harold talks about how the decisions that you make "print your life", they make up the person that you become. He speaks to the truth that the "world" is a "system" opposed to God and that we constantly have to choose whether to live our life according to what's popular or what's more like Christ.
Seth takes us through the life of Hosea and Gomer. He shows how Gomer represents the people of God chasing after blessings and how God continues to pursue us no matter what. Through the story, he shares how blessings are secondary, living a God-centered life is primary.
Seth walks us through the story of Gideon and how living a protected life means trying to reduce damage in our lives, which often manifests itself through living in fear, weakness, and timidity. He talks about how to overcome this.
Seth looks at the wounded life, which is when we allow our past hurts to define us. He shares the story of the man of the tombs and how often times our problem isn't fear, but how we are defining life. He once again points us to the importance of living a God-centered life.
Neil walks us through how changing individuals can lead to change on a much larger scale. He talks about how we need to spend time with God, learn to live well in community, and get training that we need.
Erin wraps up the series on the power of habits. She takes us through the life of Daniel and shows how keystone habits that he developed when he was young defined his life and the decisions that he made much later on.
John walks us through what it looks like if we really embrace servanthood
the way that Jesus did and also how we should treat a master with
gratefulness. He then shares how these things impact leadership.
Neil takes us through the importance of having a personal schedule
and emphasizes the fact that if something is not in your schedule, it's
not in your life. One way he shows us how to do this is by using the acronym
OATS (Objective, Activities, Time, Seriously Evaluate).
Chris walks us through the importance of seeking advice in all
circumstances, especially when we think we know what to do. He talks about
the benefit of replacing the routine of making decisions on our own with the
routine of seeking advice on how to best handle the situation.
John, a missionary from Wales, walks us through
1 Thessalonians 2:8 and the importance of developing a personal ministry.
He shows that a personal ministry is driven by a love for people that leads
us to share Christ and our lives with others.
Jon shares the importance of serving others
and the impact it can have, how to get into the habit of doing so, and how
developing this habit really spills over and affects various other areas in your
Chuck talks about the importance of getting a grasp on three areas:
submitting to God as your absolute Lord, loving others, and working
at what you enjoy and are good at. He demonstrates how doing these
things lead to success.