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Our Mission is Connecting people in Chicago and beyond in real loving relationship, with God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, with each other in contagious Christian community and with their calling of servanthood in the world.

Upcoming Events

Thu 24

Celebrate Recovery – Concordia

August 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 25

Gr8 Place

August 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 26

Devotionals

Life in the Spirit – Protection – Reproducing 4

John 17:16-26 (NLT) [Jesus said] “They [the disciples] do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
“O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
We have this amazing truth—Jesus is constantly interceding for us even now. His prayer is that we would be connected to God the Father, connected to one another, and living as His servants in the world. As we encourage people to live fully on mission with God, we need to remember that we’re not alone, but are protected and prayed for by Jesus.

Life in the Spirit – Sacrificial Service – Reproducing 3

John 15:9-25 (NLT) [Jesus said] “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father. If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father. This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’”
Leaders need to understand that they won’t be treated any better than Jesus was treated. Life in Christ is truly a case of descending into the greatness of God, of emptying ourselves, just as Christ emptied himself for us, all for the glory of God. Godly leaders reproduce leaders who understand the way of the cross, the way of suffering, the way of giving of oneself for God’s people and God’s purposes.