For God So Loved You
Tens of thousands celebrated Easter at Willow Creek, many for the first time, and heard about the extravagant love of God expressed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Creative Director Nick Benoit told the story of Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish elite, whose curiosity about Jesus had the potential to threaten his career. Nicodemus cautiously met with Jesus, who told him, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again" (John 3:3). Nicodemus understood this message with crystal clarity the night Jesus was crucified. He gave up his former life and chose to be born again into a life following Christ.
Teaching Pastor Steve Carter brought a message centered on John 3:16–17 and encouraged each person to consider the scale of the universe—and the size of Earth—to see the vastness of God's love. He also painted a picture of the immensely personal nature of God's love. "For God so loved the world, He sent His Son to save you," proclaimed Steve. "Whether you are curious, cautious, or committed, God wants to use you and every part of your story." People responded by filling their names into John 3:16 handouts as a declaration of God's love for them.
Watch the full service on Willow Creek TV—and share it with those who missed it!
Get Ready for Celebration of Hope!
This weekend, April 7/8, Teaching Pastor Steve Carter brings a message to prepare our hearts for Celebration of Hope. "In Micah 6:8, God tells us to 'act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God,' and that is exactly what Celebration of Hope is all about," says Steve. "This weekend, we will prepare our hearts to bring hope and justice to our world through the local church."
Come ready to learn about some of the hardships facing our brothers and sisters across the globe. Then engage your heart, roll up your sleeves, and lace up your shoes to put hope in motion! The 2018 Celebration of Hope kicks off on April 14/15 and has a special focus: kids!
- Explore the Main Lobby and attend weekend services to learn about Willow Creek's partnerships with local churches around the globe who are bringing hope to those facing extreme poverty.
- Engage your heart by picking up a Hope Box, a new three-week experience for your family and small groups. Hope Boxes will be distributed this weekend.
- Help fill more than one million seed packs that will be sent across the world to provide food and income for families in need. Seed packing weekend is April 20–22. Learn more and sign up here.
- Run, jog, or walk the Willow Creek 5K to help build and equip classrooms for kids in the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, and Zambia. The 5K is Saturday, April 28. Learn more and sign up here.