Wow, Mary and I have been blown away by the outpouring of support and excitement for Restoration Church this week. Your energy gives us hope and fuels our passion to build a church for followers of Christ who have a burden for the lost-ness of Chicago and desire to be mobilized for a missional-movement that seeks to see lives, our community, and world restored by the gospel. If you’ve been praying for us, thank you. Some of those prayers are already being answered!
I’ve been leaning into James 4:2 a lot this week; “You do not have, because you do not ask.” I’m being reminded in a very tangible way that the God of the universe is near to us and listens to our prayers. He is a great heavenly Father that desires to lavish his children with good gifts (see Matthew 7:7-11). He calls us to rest and lean into his grace, his character, and his provision, over our will, our desires, and our strength. All we have to do is ask with pure motives through prayer. I’m blown away already by how he is answering those requests! Here’s a short list of answered prayers that we (and many of you) have been praying for:
- I met with an old friend early this week who is pursuing his Masters of Divinity and expressed a desire to be part of our core-group with Restoration Church. We’re both praying about the possibilities!
- I had a meeting with a pastor friend of mine this week who shared valuable wisdom and insight into leading a church and tips on becoming a better preacher. At the conclusion of our meeting, he invited me to a monthly gathering of like-minded pastors for regular encouragement and support. I’ll be joining them in July.
- I had coffee with one senior pastor from Lake Zurich who received me with open arms, encouragement, and offered support. Already the Lord is working to build favor among us in our new community, including a heart for a greater partnership among gospel-centered churches.
- PLUS, as I’m writing this, we received a great offer on our home tonight after being on the market for only a week!
God is clearly at work and laying the foundation for Restoration Church in Lake Zurich. We’re grateful for your on-going support by prayer in this journey!