Christian Challenge is a student organization at UC Santa Cruz that wants to help people connect with an authentic group of friends, explore what it means to take the next step in their relationship with Jesus and together find practical ways to change our world. We hope to create an environment where everyone feels welcome to come make new friends and explore spiritual things. We do this through small group Bible studies, fun events, one-on-one discipleship, community service projects, retreats, conferences, and mission trips.
What We Believe
At Christian Challenge we hold to unity in central Christian beliefs:
We believe and practice a faith that finds its source in the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” – Ephesians 4:4-6
At Christian Challenge we have liberty in non-essential beliefs:
We believe that the Holy Spirit guides true believers to do God’s will within the boundaries of Scripture
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” – Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
At Christian Challenge we show love in all our beliefs:
We believe that by showing Christ-like love to others, people can develop into the people God intends.
“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” – 1 Corinthians.13:2