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  • Greater Things (Week 5)

    Greater Things (Week 5)

    October 6: Greater Going

                        

    922 has not turned inward. Our leaders and members have not lost their focus for the unchurched, dechurched, and unbelieving members of our community. So many people have invested and invited and evangelized. But God, who loves every soul, wants greater things! Jesus’ mission for his followers was clear—Go and be my witnesses. While we may be excited about the ministry plans of our Greater Things campaign and a new downtown location, what matters so much more is the message of Jesus, the Savior who is coming back soon.

  • Greater Things (Week 4)

    Greater Things (Week 4)

    September 29: Greater Growth

                        

    2019 was a great year for our Grow Root. We maxed out a plan to read through the Gospel of John. Pastor Bill launched the Lead Me Father Project and has met with x families. But God is after greater things! He wants every 922 member to love his Word enough to meditate on it every day. So, when life is busy and time is short, how do you convince yourself the Bible is a “get to” and not a burdensome “have to.” The author of the longest chapter in the Bible would like to answer that question as he gushes for 170+ verses about the beauty and power of the Word of God.

  • Greater Things (Week 3)

    Greater Things (Week 3)

    September 22: Greater Giving

                        

    So many people give so much at 922. Given the number of dollars and volunteers need to make our ministry work, we are so blessed. God has done great things! But he wants to do something even greater—to make 922 as abnormal as the early Christian Church. The power of Jesus and the grace of God moved their hearts to give like few people had ever given before. That story reminds us of the impact the Church can make when “all the believers” give in response to Jesus’ love. As we kick off a ministry campaign, we are not just thinking of dollars and cents, but of resurrection power and saving grace.

  • Greater Things (Week 2)

    Greater Things (Week 2)

    September 15: Greater Groups

                       

    Life Groups and Seasonal Groups are something that sets 922 apart. Other churches call us, looking for advice on how to create community and bring people together to carry out the “one anothers” of the Bible. Yet there are still greater things to come. One of the best ways that we want to leverage our “one another” groups is to understand the words and promises of God. The story of the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip is the perfect reminder of why doing life together is the best way to do life.

  • Greater Things (Week 1)

    Greater Things (Week 1)

    September 8: Greater Gatherings

                        

    In the past decade, 922 has exploded in Sunday attendance. God has blessed us with great things—2 campuses, 6 services, and a humbling number of souls who regularly gather around the Word of Jesus. But God still desires greater things. There are still so many from our church family who rarely gather (mid-40% of our membership=weekly attendance; that number includes guests!). There are still so many temptations that keep us from church and so many distractions that keep us from worshiping once we get there. This message reminds us why we gather every week in Jesus’ name.

  • Roots (Week 5)

    Roots
     (Week 5)

    October 8: Go: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    In an age where fewer and fewer people know even the basics of Christianity, the mission of the Church is urgent. No wonder Jesus spoke with urgency as he gave his followers their mission before his return to heaven. This message explores the outward-focused mission God has given to Christians today.

  • Roots (Week 4)

    Roots
     (Week 4)

    October 1: Give: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    Jesus knew one of the most powerful ways to transform your life was to give. He also knew it would be one of the hardest. Yet when we give our time and money to others, trusting that God will provide all that we need, our hearts soon follow, finding joy in sharing God’s love.

  • Roots (Week 3)

    Roots
     (Week 3)

    September 24: Grow: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    Sometimes the Word grows like a seed in our hearts, producing a crop of peace and love and joy. And sometimes it doesn’t. What gets in the way of spiritual growth? And how can God help us grow to become more mature in faith as the years go by? This message explores the value of bringing the Word of God home and protecting your “time with God” so that your faith grows.

  • Roots (Week 2)

    Roots
     (Week 2)

    September 17: Group: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    “Two are better than one,” wise King Solomon wrote. He knew the power of two (or more) people grouped together for the purpose of spiritual transformation. Have you experienced that power? This message explores the value of have a Life Group, a small circle of Christians who love you, love God, and love to see spiritual growth in you.

  • Roots (Week 1)

    Roots
     (Week 1)

    September 10: Gather: Want Fruit? Grow Roots!

                   

    “Let us not give up meeting together,” the author of the Hebrews wrote. He knew the power of regularly gathering around the gospel to be taught, corrected, challenged, confronted, and forgiven in Jesus’ name. This message explores the value of gathering together every week (and the lures the Enemy uses to prevent God’s people from gathering).

  • 922.0 (Week 4)

    922.0 (Week 4)

    October 2:  Every Member Is A Missionary  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    Unfortunately the 21st century Christianity has an image problem in the eyes of unchurched people. Sadly, this impacts the opportunities we have in our community to carry out our mission to reach people that aren’t being reached. So what can we do as a church to change this perception? What if we were a church where every member invests, invites, evangelizes and serves unchurched/non-Christian people in Jesus’ name. Why? Because our community, coworkers, neighbors, teammates and friends all have a soul that will spend eternity somewhere. You might be the person God uses to draw them with love and then share the message of God’s love.

  • 922.0 (Week 3)

    922.0 (Week 3)

    September 25:  Every Home Is A Sanctuary  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    What if we were a church where every family was stronger - where the home was a place of love not disfunction? Would it make for a stronger church family? Why is this so vital for us as a church? Because home is where the heart is (shaped). While we love church, most spiritual growth happens at home when we meditate on God’s Word. This is where marriages are made and children come to know the most about God. We want a church where every home is filled with the Word, prayer, worship and casual conversations about God.

  • 922.0 (Week 2)

    922.0 (Week 2)

    September 18:  Every Group Is A Community  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    Being a Christian is more than a Sunday thing…because we are family. In order to grow as a family we need to grow in our faith and do life together. At St. Peter & The CORE this happens when we participate in Group Bible study and Life Groups. As a part of these groups members love one another, confess to one another, forgive one another, pray for one another, bear one another’s burdens, etc. Why? Because no one can be the kind of Christian God wants them to be by themselves. We need others to grow as God calls us to grow…and they need us too.

  • 922.0 (Week 1)

    922.0 (Week 1)

    September 11:  Every Sunday Is An Opportunity  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    Every church service is an opportunity for clear teaching, moving music, memorable visuals and a “you first” guest culture. Why? Because every Sunday people are coming to church for the first time in a long time! In order to make the most of our opportunities as 1 church on 2 campuses to love them, inspire them and introduce them to our amazing God, what might we do to “win” souls for Jesus? Why? Because every soul matters to Jesus!

  • Vision Sunday

    Vision Sunday

    February 21:  Vision Sunday  Notes / Podcast / Video

    What if every Sunday was an opportunity to grow in faith, in hope, in love, in community, in grace?  And what if every CORE group was a community, a gathering of honesty, encouragement, and mutual building up in the faith?  And what if every CORE member was a missionary, a Christian focused on eternal things, investing and inviting and evangelizing and serving as many as possible in Jesus’ name?  And what if every home was a sanctuary, a place of worship where God was seen every day in the Word, where God was conversed with every day in prayer, where parents pastored their children and raised them up in the faith, where husbands and wives loved each other in Jesus’ name?

    What if?  That’s the question Vision Sunday wants to answer.  So, don’t miss it—Vision Sunday 2016.

     

  • 922church (Week 5)

    922church (Week 5)

    October 5: Beyond Our Walls   pdf  /  mp3

    There is power and beauty in light. As Christians it's our privilege to share God's Light with the whole world!

  • 922church (Week 4)

    922church (Week 4)

    September 28: Run For The Crown   pdf  /  mp3

    While here on earth, we are in strict training to run for the Crown of Life....the ultimate prize!

  • 922church (Week 3)

    922church (Week 3)

    September 21: The Motivation   pdf  /  mp3

    "I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings." (1 Corinthians 9:23) What is your motivation doing what you do?

  • 922church (Week 2)

     

    922church (Week 2)

    September 14: Jesus Jump!   pdf  /  mp3

    Paul ridiculously prioritized the lost over his own comfort, preferences, childhood, customs, etc. Everything but the Word is up for grabs as we seek to best connect with those who don't yet know Jesus!

  • 922Church

    922church (Week 1)

    September 7:  As Many As Possible  pdf / mp3

    A 922church in the 21st century....knows everyone we see today is loved by God, admits that many people still don't know that wonderful fact, and has a passion for saving the lost!  

    922church (Series Summary)

    • September 7: As Many As Possible
    • September 14: You First
    • September 21: For Christ's Sake!
    • September 28: We're The Strict Ones
    • October 5: Mission Partner

    In January 2014, St. Peter and The CORE launched their new website - 922church.com.  Since that time many people - both guests and members - have asked the much expected Lutheran question, “What does this mean?”   After directing people to the “About” section on the website’s home page, they will find that the website is based on 1 Corinthians 9:22.  Since this new name has generated so much curiosity, we figured this year’s Mission/Vision series would be on what it means to be a “922church”.  As we dig into 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 in this series, we will see just what that means and the implications this has on our vision and mission as one church on two campuses.  We will see over the course of this series that this entire section of Scripture is an amazing summary on putting the lost first, the incredible calling we have to "save" people, Paul's push for excellence in ministry, and the stunning blessings of the gospel that we get to experience even as we work and push and sacrifice.