Everyday Disciples. Learning to Walk by Faith Everyday
Discipleship is a process of learning to follow the way
of life taught by Jesus of Nazareth. It is a way of being human in a
covenant relationship with God and with all others. At Zion/Peter's
Porch, we are learners, who are passionate about Jesus and His mission.
We invite you to join us in a process of learning, growing, and
maturing in faith. Like following a path that has been walked before, we follow the wisdom and practices of other faithful disciples who learned by walking in the footsteps of the master, Jesus. This page provides content for personal
growth, group faith formation, family and home faith formation. We hope
you enjoy the gift and opportunity to learn more about God and God's world.
Growing Together. Fall 2017
“Race, Faith, and Resistance” Sundays at 11 am “Race, Faith and Resistance” discussion group is meeting on Sundays after worship to learn and listen, in light of current events and cultural history that provoke strong feelings about racism, patriotism, and Christian faith. You are invited to join the conversation today.
Reformation 500: Luther, the Church, and You Wednesdays at 7 pm October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of the German Lutheran Reformation of the church. His life, work, and legacy continue to shape global Christianity and our witness in the world. We are Lutheran Christians. What does that mean today? Why does it matter? What gifts do Lutherans bring? What challenges are we facing? Luther and the Reformation offer us many riches as a church in mission on Main Street. Join Pastor Matt on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 pm (October 4, 11, 18, and 25) to mine out of Luther and Reformation history a story that gives hope and purpose to us today. We begin this week with a viewing of Rick Steve’s “Luther and the Reformation.”
This is Discipleship
Feed Your Faith with Daily Bible Reading and Prayer
"Spirit given gifts are special abilities that God gives every Christian to be used cooperatively for the strengthening of the body of Christ so that it might fulfill its purposes." -David Ewart, Spirit Given Gifts, 2008. What gift and calling has God given you? Discover today. Download the PDF on the left and take the questionnaire.
Check out this website by Luther Seminary. Its a virtual bible classroom with engaging videos, podcasts, and blog entries.
FAITH 5 FAMILY TIME
How do we teach our children to be faithful to God? There are 168 hours in a week; If we subtract 70 hours for sleep and 40 hours for school, we are left with 48 hours a week. TV time accounts for another 24 hours a week! What will be more effective in raising faithful kids; One hour on Sunday or 23 hours at home? We have one shot with our kids. How will we use it? FAITH 5 is about bringing church into the home. It’s a short daily practice that any family can implement.
Share highs and lows for the day
Read a bible story or verse
Discuss how the bible connects to our highs and lows
Pray for each other's highs and lows; pray for others.
Bless each other with the sign of the cross.
Everyday Disciples: Living a God-centered Life 24/7
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Being faithful to God means to recognize God's presence in the world. God is not far away or inaccessible to you. God is near. God sees and hears you at all times. God has spoken in ages past through the ancient prophets. Now God speaks to us through His Son, Jesus. Jesus of Nazareth is God's message to the world. In the New Testament, Jesus' story is shared with the world. We can access God, the source and meaning of life, through Jesus. Christians are people who have come to see and know God through Jesus, called the Christ. He was anointed as God's Son and was raised from the dead as a sign of God's power and promise to renew and restore a decaying world. After he died, he was resurrected and appeared to his devoted followers. Then, he left. He said he was going to the Father. He said he would send an advocate, a helper, a spiritual guide. And the result was a gathering of inspired servants sent out to share His compassion, mercy, and grace with the world. He was gone and they were left behind. Over 2,000 years have past since the time of Jesus. As his people, the church shares his story. Church is a people who are coming to trust and believe that God is in Jesus Christ and that we are called to follow His way. His way is practiced by disciples who devote themselves to faithful living everyday. His way includes:
Prayer and Meditation;
Nonviolent Resistance to oppressive and unjust rule (peace-making);
Feeding hungry people;
Opposing religious authorities;
Identifying with women, children, and other vulnerable people;
Inviting others to come along.
Eating and Drinking, giving thanks.
As followers of Jesus, this church will practice His ways together. See below to get started.