Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

Explore God - Christus Victor

January – February 2019

What is Explore God Chicago 2019?

Explore God Chicago 2019 is a Community Outreach Initiative led by a committee of local pastors and business and ministry leaders. We all have questions about God, faith, and purpose; Explore God is a unique effort to come together to look at these questions in an open, authentic way. Join us as we explore The 7 Big Questions.  

The Seven Big Questions

  1. Does Life Have a Purpose?

  2. Is There a God?

  3. Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

  4. Is Christianity Too Narrow?

  5. Is Jesus Really God?

  6. Is the Bible Reliable?

  7. Can I Know God Personally?

What will this look like at Christus Victor?

Explore God at Christus Victor will have two major components:  a seven week preaching series called “The Seven Big Questions” and small groups of both believers and seekers for conversation on these seven big questions.

Small Groups

The primary focus of our efforts will be to invite friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to participate in a weekly small group experience where we will gather to watch a short video (approximately 10 minutes) and have conversation around the week’s topic.  These groups should be a mix of believers and seekers, as we encourage people to wrestle with big, difficult questions in a safe and caring environment.

Please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to be a part of this exciting adventure, perhaps by organizing, facilitating, or hosting a small group.  

How You Can Help With Small Groups

1. Organize – gather a group of 6-12 to form a group.

2. Host – Open your home or find another place for your group to meet.  Create a welcome and open environment. Decide if your group would like to include snacks or a meal.  You will need the capacity to show each week’s Explore God video (via YouTube).

3. Facilitate – Lead the conversation.  Group facilitators do not need to have all the answers; this is a chance for exploration, not problem-solving.  Facilitators will be provided with an orientation and questions and suggestions for each weekly session.

**This could all be done by the same person or family or different group members could take different roles or even rotate hosts or facilitators.

How to Participate

If you are interested either in joining a small group or helping to organize/host/facilitate one, please contact Pastor Linda Thurston at