“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or fathers of mothers or children or lands, for my names’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.” ~ Matthew 19:29
I came to Chicago in 2011 to study at Moody Bible Institute. Despite being a Bible-school student, I struggled to find a home church for over two years. For the longest time I ‘church hopped’, longing to be part of the family of Christ that I experienced while I was in Minnesota, but I never connected. I visited a variety of churches and never felt at peace about where I was going. Finally I cried out to God and said, “Whatever church I go to, I will just stick with that church and invest there regardless of how I feel about it.”
I ended up arriving at Church In The City the same Sunday and the peace and joy that flooded into my soul was only of God. I felt God had led me here, and I began to invest and became a member. Recently I went through the Equip Class “Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and Spiritual Gifts.” While in the class, I was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues and was overcome with peace. Previously I had laughed in my heart at those who were ‘slain in the spirit’, but that night I was so overcome I fell to the floor.
Since then my hunger for God and his Word has grown and the fruit of self-control is plainly present in my life. May God show you what church family he has adopted you into and may you flourish there!
– Jonathan Cox