The Summit Church
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.
This weekend we asked ourselves two questions: (1) If your life were depicted as a party, who would be the “invited guests”? And (2) Are you including outsiders at your dinner table?
As we at the Summit go through our "Smoke from a Fire" series, exploring the ways our emotions reveal our inner struggles, we want to share follow-up resources from our Pastor of Counseling, Brad Hambrick. This week's resources focus on the topic of shame.