On his final day, Jesus was betrayed, taken, arrested, struck, ridiculed, scorned, crucified. He moved through unimaginable pain, willingly. And each unbearable step he took toward the cross, more of his glorious character was revealed. In walking toward darkness, Jesus would become eternal light. In taking on death, Jesus would conquer the grave. In his last breath, Jesus would rescue the world and death would forever lose its sting.
If Jesus is who he says he is, that has implications for each of us. It affects the way we relate to each other and to the world around us. But who did he say he is? When Jesus spoke of himself, he proclaimed to be the bread, the light, and the gate. In his owns words, Jesus is the the shepherd, the vine, and the resurrection. He is the way.
God came down at Christmas—not with a mystic flash of light or a trumpet heard ‘round the world. The God of the universe, in all his glory, broke through to humanity by becoming human. The Christmas story holds the stories of very real people—Mary and Joseph, the magi, Simeon and Anna, and the shepherds—who had their worlds forever changed by the birth of Jesus. Join us for God at First Sight as we see the impact of those encounters and what they mean for us.
There is a rhythm to our days, a cyclical nature to our lives, a pattern to our actions. We make room for what we decide matters—what we devote ourselves to. So, where and how do we fit God in? If our devotion brings God glory, what tools do we have to draw closer to him and reflect him better to the world around us?
Who gets the credit for the things we accomplish? What is God’s glory, and why would we—as his imperfect creation—bother trying to give it? In our brokenness, are we even capable of bringing glory to God, or are we to attempt at getting better before we can? We all have glory, praise, and worship to give. But without direction, that glory could very well end up somewhere we didn’t steer it toward.
This weekend, as we braced ourselves for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, we also marked Summit’s 15-year anniversary. Because of the timing and severity of the storm, we decided to cancel all Sunday activities and invite all Summit campuses to our Thursday evening service instead.
In the beginning, when God spoke the world into existence and got to work thinking each of us up, he built our framework in his own image. Foundational to who we are is a draw to be creators, to be relational, to be full of grace. We are these things because God is.
What does it look like for each of us to live in this broken world as a new creation? Join us this summer as we spend 10 weeks in the challenging and humbling book of James, looking to who God is and who he calls us to be.
We all have things we need or want to remember. Today we stop to think about the memorials that we may need to build to revisit and remember in our own lives by looking to the miracles God has performed in the lives of others.
In his time on earth, Jesus shared many meals, with a wide variety of dinner guests-tax collectors, religious leaders, skeptics, prostitutes, fishermen... Just as Jesus reveals his character through the words he spoke and the miracles he performed, he shows himself through the meals he shared and the people he sat across from. Join us as we sit down for Meals With Jesus.
There is a day coming when there will be no more tears. No mourning or pain—what we know will have passed away. But, until then, there is brokenness in the world around us. It’s happening right now—the poor, the prisoners, the blind, the oppressed—the here and now needs our attention. Jesus began his ministry through the proclamation of good news, freedom, and recovery. Throughout all of Scripture, we see God’s justice for and call to each of us remain the same. His invitation is clear: we are to join him.
This week reGROUP Director, Kailey Newkirk, shows us, through the book of Malachi, how the little stresses and seemingly insignificant coping mechanisms in life can bring us to a place of questioning God’s goodness and distrusting that he always keeps his promises to us.
There is risk in knowing. Once something gets into our heads, we—whether consciously or subconsciously—decide if we’ll allow it to drift into our hearts and make it all the way out through our hands. It is through the renewal of our minds that we are transformed and our calling becomes so ingrained that we can’t help but to feel and do.
How can one person impact such a big problem? This week, we examine how the actions of one person can make a huge impact. Though our church’s global partnerships are active year-round, we take an intentional Sunday each year—"Africa Sunday", if you will—to focus in on God’s mission in the world and how we can each be a part of it.
As casual observers, we often glance at this fallen world, holding out hope for better days and crossing our fingers that something brighter is coming on the horizon. Jesus was far from a casual observer of this world. Through his teaching of “The Good Samaritan”, he shows the imperative nature of slowing down, showing mercy, and joining him in bringing the Kingdom of God, as it is in heaven, to earth.
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given - a Savior has come. Each year, we celebrate the arrival of Jesus, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace . God is with us indeed!
Centuries before the manger, a prophecy of the Messiah was given. Proclaiming the coming of a child who would grow into a man of empathy, power, care, and an everlasting grace that would save us all. Who would enter into the darkness of our world that has always existed and change everything. Whose kingdom, mercies, and peace would know no end. But until then, the earth held its breath. Jesus living into his names—fulfilling the promises of who this baby would become—changes us all as different aspects of his character find their place in us.
God reveals something significant about himself when a body of believers acts on their faith together. When we, as individuals within a community, commit to confessing, serving, edifying, and encouraging, we get a long way toward what community is built for.