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More than ever, Americans are giving up on church. Yet God is radically committed to the place of church in our spiritual lives. This series, our fall mission/vision series, is a reminder of what church is, why we all need it, and how putting down “roots” at 922 will lead to spiritual fruit.
September 8 - Greater Gatheringss
n 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.