Explore God Chicago
Starting the weekend of January 12/13, 2019, Bloomingdale Church, along with 1,000 other Chicagoland churches, is participating in Explore God Chicago, a seven-week series discussing seven important questions commonly asked by skeptics, and at times by devoted believers as well.
- We all have questions [Jan 5/6, 2019]
- Does life have a purpose? [Jan 12/13, 2019]
- Is there a God? [Jan 19/20, 2019]
- Why does God allow pain & suffering? [Jan 26/27, 2019]
- Is Christianity too narrow? [Feb 2/3, 2019]
- Is Jesus really God? [Feb 9/10, 2019]
- Is the Bible reliable? [Feb 16/17, 2019]
- Can I know God personally? [Feb 23/24, 2019]
We will be considering these questions in our regular weekend services on Sat 5:30pm, Sun 8:30am, and Sun 11am. There will also be numerous discussion groups, including:
- Adult Education hour – Sundays, 9:45am (church library)
- Monday Night Men – Mondays, 7:30pm (use southwest lower level doors at the gymnasium)
- Tuesday Women’s Break – Tuesdays 9am & 7pm (use northeast double doors near the front stairwell)
- Numerous home groups
Why are we participating?
Many people, if you were to ask them why they don’t believe in Christianity, would respond with significant questions that haven’t been answered satisfactorily for them. These questions could be what separates someone from their salvation. The Holy Spirit, of course, must move in their life for them to submit fully to Christ, but examining arguments and reasoning through tough questions can powerfully support the spread of the Gospel, as we see in the work of the Apostle Paul in Acts 18 and the life of Lee Strobel, the atheist-turned-apologist author of The Case for Christ.
What can I do?
1. INQUIRE – Take some time to familiarize yourself with the questions being asked during this series. Explore God provides countless resources to watch or read that address these questions and can help you feel better prepared to answer them. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” -I Peter 3:15b
2. INVITE – Invite anyone and everyone to church during this time. Step out in boldness and tell people about what’s going on in Chicagoland. There will be an advertising campaign for the movement, so people will likely have heard about it. This is your opportunity to finally ask that person that God has put on your heart! “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” -Romans 10:14
3. INVEST – Continue these conversations even after the seven weeks are over. People are always going to have questions, and you can help them find answers! Don’t be afraid to use the resources offered by Explore God to start your own discussion group, Bible Study, or weekly coffee date. It isn’t only the pastors and ministers who can address these tough questions. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” -I Peter 2:9