More often than not, when I see a billboard with a Christian focus, I cringe a little, as billboards often feel like the wrong medium for so important a message, but there’s a recent set of billboard ads that I’ve been encouraged by. Perhaps you’ve seen them as you’ve driven into the city: “YOU’RE INVITED,” they proclaim, followed in slightly smaller font by “exploreGod.com.”
Beginning in January more than 700 churches in the Chicagoland area will be participating in the Explore God Chicago initiative; Trinity will be one of them. Over the course of 7 weeks our Hinsdale congregation, along with many others, will consider in sermons and discussion groups some basic but important questions. Does life have a purpose? Is there a God? Why does God allow pain and suffering? Is Christianity too narrow? Is Jesus really God? Is the Bible reliable? Can I know God personally?
Whether you’re in Trinity or Redemption, if you know of friends or family members who might be interested in this series, or maybe interested in participating in a home discussion group that considers these questions, please let me know. I’d love to see as many people as possible participate, and I’d be really excited to see a few discussion groups form.
Also, whichever of the two congregations you belong to, I’d like to ask you to pray for this initiative. Pray for the hundreds of churches throughout the area, that God would work in Chicago, drawing many people to himself. Pray that we at Trinity would see people come to know Christ through this. And pray also that through this initiative we as a congregation would be strengthened in our ability to share the gospel with others.
I’m excited to be participating with many brothers and sisters across congregations and denominations. Whatever our differences, we are one in Christ, and it is great to be able to express this. And I’m excited to see how God will work in the coming weeks through all of this!