Are you aware that a long time ago, Jesus prayed… for YOU!? It’s recorded in the Bible, and it’s part of what’s called “the Upper Room Discourse”, what Jesus shares with His disciples just before He is arrested. Part of that prayer includes these words:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you” (Jesus, John 17:20-21).
Jesus has a hope and a prayer for us, did you catch it? It’s that His church, all who believe in Him, might be one, experiencing unity and community.
Is that hope and prayer realized? If you look around, you’ll see many ways in which it’s not (yet) realized. Churches fractured, denominations doing battle within and without, and churches feeling isolated and disconnected. In many ways, the hope of Jesus has a bit of a ways to go.
Yet part of what excites me about Explore God is that it’s an answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17, as nearly 1,000 churches are presently in the midst of this common initiative. (Trust me- it’s not easy to get almost 1,000 churches to do anything together!) So think about it, exactly what we are diving into in worship and in small groups is exactly what thousands of other believers across our region are also experiencing. Jesus is surely smiling!
And the hope behind Explore God also brings Him joy- helping people explore God’s character and identity and grow closer to Him. I hope you’re being blessed by this journey.
Join us on Sunday, in worship and in small groups between services, to tackle this week’s question: “Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?” This is the most challenging week of them all, look forward to tackling it with you!
Have a blessed day!