The Summit Church
You ask, "Pastor J.D., Do you use the same sermon illustrations over and over again?" To which I reply, "Is Nic Cage the greatest actor of our generation?"
We are concerned to avoid two errors in regards to women in ministry. On the one hand, we do not want to encourage women to do what God has forbidden. On the other, we must not discourage women from legitimate opportunities God has opened to them in the kingdom of God.
As a follow-up to this weekend's sermon, here are several resources—about abortion, homosexuality, and racism—from our archives and around the web.
When we were first challenged to give financially to the church through messages at the Summit five years ago, we both felt this undeniable and simultaneous nudge to finally start giving. So we made a commitment to give. And then we did what came naturally to us: We gave nothing.
The first generation of a movement does whatever it takes. They expect personal sacrifice. But the second generation does only what’s asked of them. They don’t expect sacrifice, but comfort. I really believe that this season is paramount for our church. The premise of FIRST is ultimately about the Lordship of Jesus. God saves sinners so that they will say, "Jesus is Lord."
Every Christ-follower has heard the call to pray. Yet, if we’re honest, prayer is not easy, and obstacles to prayer abound. In our sinful self-reliance, we hesitate to ask for help in any area of our lives. We want to rely on our own time, talents, and abilities. Maybe we believe the lie that prayer doesn’t work, or we blame our (self-induced?) busyness. These statements are all common justifications for our prayerlessness.