The Best Invitation

April 29th, 2011 – a date I will remember for a long time. Livinroyal-weddingg in London, I was able to attend the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Duchess Catherine. It was a royal affair, and I was honored to get to witness it . . . even if it was standing outside Trafalgar Square with thousands of others watching it on a jumbotron. No, I was not one of the lucky 1,900 people to receive a proper invitation to sit inside Westminster Abbey. As great as this was though, there is an invitation with more lasting significance that will give you a front row seat to an even more exciting event: Christianity Explored.

What is Christianity Explored?

Christianity Explored is an 8 week course that does what it says on the label – it explains the basics of Christianity by honing in on Jesus. He’s the whole reason Christianity exists. Who is he? Why did he come? Why does that matter to me today? Through discussion, talks, reading the Gospel of Mark, and lots of space for questions, we introduce people to Jesus. You can see a trailer for the course here.

Where and when?

Wednesday nights, starting September 28th, from 6–8 p.m. in the back room at Shakespeare’s South. There’s no cost.

Who should come?

• Anyone who wants to consider Jesus.
• Anyone seeking to figure out what life is all about.
• Anyone thinking about becoming a Christian.

Maybe that fits you. We’d love for you to come. Or maybe you can think of friends or co-workers or neighbors or family members that describes. Why not invite them to come with you? People are far more likely to come because of a personal invitation where you join them. You can sign yourself and any guests up here (so we get the pizza order right!).

Why should I think about this?

We were part of this course elsewhere, and we believe it’s a great platform for non-Christians to come and explore Jesus. Pointing them to the Bible to find their answers to the big questions is the best way for the gospel to stick. Getting to know each other over a meal and then having small group discussions each week, offers a safe, non-threatening place for people to be real about where they are, to ask questions, and be in process. We’ve seen lives changed through this course. We believe an invitation to Christianity Explored is one of the best invites someone can get, for the chance to attend a wedding with a reception that goes on forever.

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