Calendar for groups

This calendar lists Bible passages for your Just Do It Group each week, and it tells you when to consider whether it is time for your group to divide and go viral. You do not need to follow this calendar at all. You and your group may choose any Bible texts you want and set any schedule you want.

 

If you do choose to follow this calendar for groups, you can do that with or without paying any attention to how the whole annual cycle of the SYNC calendar fits together. The logic of the annual cycle gets complicated, including the seven SYNC "seasons" and the relation of the seasons to particular holidays. If that is your kind of thing, explore it and enjoy it, but don't get bogged down there if it isn't.

Next 12 months of the Just Do It Group calendar

Nov. 21, Vision - See Yourself iN Christ as a trailer for a movie about the coming world of peace

Jan. 1, Life - See Yourself iN Christ as a life-bringer who connects, heals, and blesses

Mar. 2, Roots - See Yourself iN Christ as a fruitful branch on the Abraham family tree

Apr. 10, Freedom - See Yourself iN Christ as an activist for the new Era of Freedom 

May 26, Power - See Yourself iN Christ as walking evidence of God's power

Aug. 7, Mercy - See Yourself iN Christ as a forgiveness agent

Oct. 6, Honor - See Yourself iN Christ as an honorable finisher

The calendar dates and the length of the seasons shift slightly from year to year because several of them are linked to holidays that shift with the moon, like Easter and Pentecost. The list below starts with the current season and then covers the seasons coming in the next 12 months. This page is updated each time a new SYNC season begins, which is also a great time for Just Do It Groups to go viral.

FAQs

Am I really supposed to start a new Just Do It Group at the end of every set of Bible passages on the Calendar--seven new groups every year??

Where did these seven themes come from? And why aren't love, peace, and grace included?

What are some other options for choosing Bible passages for our group?

What about copyright?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Vision Season:  Nov. 21 - Dec. 31, 2021

See Yourself iN Christ as a trailer for a movie about the coming world of peace

Bible texts for Just Do It groups:

 

Nov. 21-27. Revelation 11.15-19. The last trumpet (the end of the world)

Nov. 28-Dec. 4.  Luke 2.8-20. Glory at the birth of Jesus

Dec. 5-11.  Isaiah 60.1-9. God's people shine with his glory

Dec. 12-18.  Colossians 1.21-29. Jesus Christ brings glory into us

Dec. 19-25.  Daniel 7.9-14. The vision of the Ruler of the world

Dec. 26-31.  Revelation 22.12-17. Going viral in expectation of Christ's return

 

Optional additional text on the Vision theme 

Revelation 21.1-8. The vision of the New Jerusalem​

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Next occurrence for Life Season:  Jan. 1 - Mar. 1, 2022

See Yourself iN Christ as a life-bringer who connects, heals, and blesses

Bible texts for Just Do It groups:

Jan. 1-7.  Genesis 1.1-13. Creation, part one

Jan. 8-14.  Genesis 1.24-2.3. Creation, part two

Jan. 15-21.  Psalm 96.1-13. What life is supposed to be like

Jan. 22-28.  Genesis 3.1-9. Death gets its foot in the door  

Jan. 29-Feb. 5.  Deuteronomy 30.11-20. The choice of life or death

Feb. 6-12.  John 10.1-10. The shepherd of life 

Feb. 13-19.  Revelation 22.1-7. The river of life and the tree of life

Feb. 20-22. (Only for Sun-Tue groups) John 1.1-14. The source of Life

Feb. 23-Mar. 1.  Viral week 

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Next occurrence for Roots Season:  Mar. 2 - April 9, 2022

 

Bible texts for Just Do It groups:

 

Week 1. Genesis 12.1-8. Abraham, the root of the whole family tree

Week 2. Exodus 6.1-12. Why Abraham's descendants owed God their loyalty

Week 3. Ephesians 2.11-22. How Jesus enlarged the family tree

Week 4. Romans 11.17-24  Being grafted into the tree (adopted into the family)

Week 5. Galatians 5.16-26. The fruit growing on the family tree  

Week 6. John 15.1-8. The power to bear fruit as a person attached to the Messiah   

Week 7. Colossians 3.11-17. The DNA of the new family of the Messiah

Week 8. Mention one reading that stands out to you as you look back at them all. Check for any of your "Just Do Its" that aren't done yet or that should be done again. Decide what list of readings to do next and whether it is time to start a new group.

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Next occurrence for Freedom Season:  Apr. 10 - May 25, 2022

Bible texts for Just Do It groups:

 

Week 1. Luke 4.14-21. The "Freedom Declaration" of Jesus

Week 2. Luke 13.10-17. Jesus sets a woman free from being crippled

Week 3. Matthew 21.6-14. Jesus is hailed as the Liberator 

Week 4. John 10.11-21. Jesus lays down his own freedom so others can be free

Week 5. Acts 2.22-32. Jesus is freed from death

Week 6. Hebrews 2.14-18. Jesus frees others from the fear of death

Week 7. John 8.31-38. Obedience to the truth is liberating

Week 8. Mention one reading that stands out to you as you look back at them all. Check for any of your "Just Do Its" that aren't done yet or that should be done again. Decide what list of readings to do next and whether it is time to start a new group.

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Next occurrence for Power Season:  May 26 - Aug. 6, 2022

Bible texts for Just Do It groups:

 

Week 1. Acts 2.1-8. The Holy Spirit arrives on Pentecost Day

Week 2. Matthew 28.16-20. Jesus lays claim to absolute power

Week 3. Acts 3.1-16. The power of Jesus's name heals a lame man

Week 4. Acts 16.22-34. A strategically timed earthquake

Week 5. Ephesians 1.15-23. Christ's power at work in us as his people

Week 6. 2 Timothy 1.5-10. The Spirit of power 

Week 7. 2 Peter 1.1-8. All the power we need to live differently

Week 8. Mention one reading that stands out to you as you look back at them all. Check for any of your "Just Do Its" that aren't done yet or that should be done again. Decide what list of readings to do next and whether it is time to start a new group.

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Next occurrence for Mercy Season:  Aug. 7 - Oct. 5, 2022

Bible texts for Just Do It groups:

 

Week 1. Hebrews 9.1-15. The last "Day of Atonement" (Yom Kippur)

Week 2. Romans 5.1-11. How mercy changes us

Week 3. Isaiah 53.3-12. Jesus suffered what we deserved

Week 4. Matthew 6.7-15. The "Mercy Prayer"

Week 5. Luke 24. 36-49. Spreading the message of mercy

Week 6. Psalm 103.1-12. The Lord's amazing mercy  

Week 7. Isaiah 54.6-15. God's merciful restoration of his people

Week 8. Mention one reading that stands out to you as you look back at them all. Check for any of your "Just Do Its" that aren't done yet or that should be done again. Decide what list of readings to do next and whether it is time to start a new group.

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Honor Season -- Oct. 6 - Nov. 19, 2022

See Yourself iN Christ as an honorable finisher

Bible texts for Just Do It groups:

Oct. 6-12.  Mark 15.15-21. Jesus is beaten and mocked

Oct. 13-19.  Hebrews 12.1-13. We look to Jesus as our example of honor

Oct. 20-26.  Luke 9.20-26. Saving our lives by losing them

Oct. 27-Nov. 2.  John 15.18-25. The world hates those who honor Jesus
Nov. 3-9.  1 Peter 4.12-19 Suffering according to God's will

Nov. 10-12. (Th, Fri, Sat only) Matthew 5.1-12.  Jesus blesses those who suffer for him

Nov. 13-19.  Viral week. 

FAQs

Am I really supposed to start a new Just Do It Group at the end of every set of Bible passages on the calendar--seven new groups every year??

 

No. You only start one when God nudges you to start one. We set up the Just Do It calendar of Bible passages so that roughly every 5-10 weeks you ask God whether he wants you start a new group (it's called "go viral week" on the calendar). If he wants you to, you just do it. If he doesn't, you don't.

 

How do you know whether he wants you to or not? Every week in the Just Do It Group, you have been practicing listening for what he wants you to do next. You apply that skill to this question, "Lord, do you want me to start my own Just Do It Group now?" He knows how you are wired and he knows how to get through to you if you are paying attention.

 

And don't forget the others in your group. Don't push them into starting their own groups, but do cheer them on as they listen for God to tell them whether or not to start one at this time.

Full disclosure: God really does want to connect more people into his story, so be prepared. He may tell you to start another Just Do It Group before you feel qualified or ready. You don't have to be ready. If he is ready and you stick with him, it's going to work.

 

Where did these seven SYNC themes come from? And why aren't love, peace, and grace included?

These themes (life, roots, freedom, power, mercy, honor, vision) are seven stages in the biblical story of God's campaign to save the world from itself. For example, the story starts with the creation of the physical world, so the first theme is LIFE--human life, nature, family, food, music, etc. But humans let the forces of death loose in this life-filled world, and the rest of the story is God's campaign to restore life to its intended unity, health, and blessing. The story ends with the VISION of Jesus the Messiah coming back in person to rule a new world. The other five themes form a skeleton outline of the story from the original LIFE to the final VISION.

Love, peace, and grace do not have their own "seasons" in the story because they are pan-seasonal. The whole story originates in the grace of God, his inner goodness. The whole story moves toward the peace or shalom of God, how things will be when he puts everything right. And God's love keeps the whole story moving from his grace to his peace. His love ties the seven themes together.

What are some other options for choosing Bible passages for our group?

There are many other series of Bible readings available. For example, see a 28-week list of passages that cover the biblical story from creation to the day Jesus ascended to heaven. This is on the home page that promotes the "Discovery Bible Study" method. Our "Just Do It" method is one of many versions of that approach. 

 

You may also choose to go through a book of the Bible one section at a time, using about 10 verses per week. Lots of other lists of Biblical passages on particular topics are also available. Just be careful not to turn your "Just Do It" group into a typical "Bible study" group, since typical groups require a lot of preparation from a leader, they focus on understanding much more than doing, and they do not go viral as Just Do It groups are designed to do.

What about copyright?

Permission is granted to circulate these SYNC discussion questions and lists, whether in their current form or with your edits, whether electronically or in print, with or without our theme graphics. We will appreciate mention of SYNCx.org (our official name) in what you produce, but that is not required.