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Feb
22
2024
Most people want fulfilling, happy, lifelong marriages, but we don’t get a lot of direction on how to get there. The Bible teaches that if you want something not many people seem to have, then you’ve got to do what few people are willing to do.
Feb
21
2024
Singleness is a gift. That might not be how we’re told by culture to view it—or even what the church sometimes tells us about it. In this message from the “Forever Family” series, Pastor J.D. teaches how to see singleness as a unique opportunity in ministry, relationships, and God’s kingdom.
Feb
20
2024
If you’re single, do you ever feel like the world is telling you that you’re missing out on something because you’re not married? Even in the church, we often equate marriage with completion—but Jesus taught something altogether different and more beautiful.
Feb
19
2024
What does God really think about divorce? In this message from “Forever Family,” Pastor J.D. walks us through Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 19 and helps us see that, though God’s command about divorce is clear, there is no situation that he cannot redeem.
Feb
16
2024
Even if you’re not married, how you think about marriage affects the way you view so much more of life, like dating, sex, conflict, and even singleness.
Feb
15
2024
When it comes to giving, many of us want rules to follow and boxes to check. As Pastor J.D. continues in the “First” series, he helps us see why, though our tithe is a great place to start, God wants our giving to display what is first and best in our hearts.
Feb
14
2024
Have you ever felt guilty about your giving? Many people assume that, because there are still people in need around the world, God’s only purpose for our money is to get the gospel to them.
Feb
13
2024
Jesus doesn’t just expect his followers to give their tithe. He expects us to be out-of-this-world generous! As part of the “First” series, Pastor J.D. helps us understand in this message how being a spender, saver, or steward defines what kingdom we serve and if we have surrendered our finances to God
Feb
12
2024
If we were really living for Jesus’ kingdom, how would it change our giving? In this message from the “First” series, Pastor J.D. explains what our decisions on money reveal about what we love and treasure in this world.
Feb
9
2024
Something is going to be first in our lives, and the Bible makes it very clear that it should be God. Pastor J.D. continues in “Time’s Up” to show us that, while both God and money can be important to us, we cannot serve both of them.
Feb
8
2024
Why does the church have to talk about money? As Pastor J.D. begins this series on why God should be “First” in our lives, he helps us see that to become a committed disciple, we must understand how to have the right relationship with money.
Feb
7
2024
In this final teaching from our series through the book of James, Pastor J.D. Greear reminds us that in the end, we can be encouraged that God does indeed hear the prayers of his children, and it is often through them that he chooses to accomplish his work on earth.
Feb
6
2024
Is prayer actually effective? And if it is, should we still pray even if we have a less-than-robust faith? In this brand new teaching, Pastor J.D. sheds light on a crucial—and often misunderstood—passage about prayer from James 5.
Feb
5
2024
In this teaching from the book of James, Pastor J.D. Greear shows us how even in the midst of suffering and the many challenges thrown at us by life, we can be sure that God is working all things for our good—we need only be patient and wait on him.
Feb
2
2024
In a society of one-click shopping and seemingly endless streaming services, patience is one thing that is often in short supply. In today’s teaching from James 5, Pastor J.D. Greear explains what patience is, why it's necessary, and how we can develop it.
Feb
1
2024
In this teaching from James 4 and 5, Pastor J.D. Greear provides a helpful perspective on how to approach our lives in light of the fact that God is the one in control, not us. The choice is ours: a life characterized by trust in God, leading to humility and generosity—or one characterized by self-sufficiency, leading to arrogance and greed.
Jan
31
2024
We all make plans, whether they concern what we will do the next day or in the coming years. While the Bible acknowledges that it is certainly wise to plan, it also recognizes that the posture behind our planning is crucial. In this teaching from the book of James, Pastor J.D. shows us how to make the most of the short time God has given to each of us.
Jan
30
2024
In this teaching from James 4, Pastor J.D. answers the question James poses to us all: Why do we fight? At the deepest levels, where do our quarrels and jealousies come from? For most of us, we might think we know the answer. We fight because THEY started it! But James has a much different answer.
Jan
29
2024
In this teaching from James 4, Pastor J.D. answers the question James poses to us all: Why do we fight? At the deepest levels, where do our quarrels and jealousies come from?
Jan
26
2024
Taming the explosive power of our words is a difficult battle that we have to fight every day. But in today’s teaching, Pastor J.D. shares the good news that, through the transforming power of the gospel, we can become people whose words are used to encourage others and to restore life.
Jan
25
2024
The tongue is such a small part of our bodies, and yet it has astonishing power—both to wound and to heal, to bless and to curse. In this teaching, Pastor J.D. walks through James 3 to show us the dangers of the tongue and what it can reveal about the state of our hearts.
Jan
24
2024
In today’s teaching, Pastor J.D. unpacks a section of Scripture that talks about what a serious error it is when we show partiality to anyone… especially in the church!
Jan
23
2024
Though we don't like to admit it, we are often guilty of judging others based on very limited information. In this teaching from James 2, Pastor J.D. describes the dangers of showing favoritism, particularly within the church.
Jan
22
2024
Unfortunately, trials can present us with the temptation to sin, rather than wait on God. Pastor J.D. Greear shows us how, in the face of such temptation, we can either embrace the truth that every good gift comes from God—or we can turn to other things for comfort and peace.
Jan
19
2024
The Book of James takes the lofty doctrines of the gospel and brings them down to earth. You can’t read James without being confronted, and Pastor J.D. Greear continues introducing us to one of the most practical books of the Bible in this teaching called “Here Comes Trouble.”
Jan
18
2024
The Book of James takes the lofty doctrines of the gospel and brings them down to earth. You can’t read James without being confronted, and Pastor J.D. Greear continues introducing us to one of the most practical books of the Bible in this teaching called “Here Comes Trouble.”
Jan
17
2024
No other New Testament book is quite like James. Catchy, practical, and in your face, the book of James jumps straight into the nitty gritty of daily life.
Jan
16
2024
When the church pursues ethnic unity, the Enemy usually sends obstacles to try to stand in the way. In this teaching, Pastor J.D. shows us that the effort and commitment needed to achieve ethnic unity are undoubtedly well worth it.
Jan
15
2024
Pastor J.D. Greear leads us through a beautiful passage in Ephesians 2 that speaks to the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to do what we could not: break down the wall of hostility between us.
Jan
12
2024
As Pastor J.D. concludes our series called Castaway, he explains how Jonah’s message to the Ninevites compares to Jesus’ message to a lost and dying world. Pastor J.D. is teaching from Matthew 12.
Jan
11
2024
Pastor J.D. wraps up our study of the reluctant prophet, Jonah, by turning to the New Testament. We’re discovering that Jonah’s whole story is really a sign that’s pointing ahead to something greater!
Jan
10
2024
In your high school English class, you probably learned that any good book or movie has something called a dénouement at the end, where the story gets wrapped up and we get closure for all the characters.
Jan
9
2024
For generations, the book of Jonah has challenged believers because we see ourselves reflected in Jonah: his disobedience, fear, and reluctance to obey.
Jan
8
2024
As Pastor J.D. continues our study in Jonah 3, he shows us that evangelism isn’t about schmoozing or entertaining—it’s about sharing the free gift of salvation.
Jan
5
2024
As we continue to study the life of Jonah, Pastor J.D. reminds us that people don’t come to Christ through our eloquent speeches or our persuasive arguments.  People come to Christ through God’s relentless love.
Jan
4
2024
Haven’t we all gone through the motions to do something we really didn’t want to do? Like pulling weeds, or taking out the trash!  Pastor J.D. is continuing our Castaway series with another teaching from the book of Jonah.  We’re in Chapter 2 to learn what obedience really means.
Jan
3
2024
In the middle of life’s storms, it’s easy to think God’s mad at us. Have we done something wrong? In our new series title Castaway, Pastor J.D. explains how God turns our tribulations into restoration.
Jan
2
2024
Have you ever found yourself resisting God’s will? You hear him calling you in one direction, but you have another direction in mind?
Jan
1
2024
We’re looking at the life of one of the most important figures in human history. Pastor J.D. investigates how God multiplied Abraham’s life for eternal significance. How can our lives matter in a significant way as well?
Dec
29
2023
The biggest cause of atheism is people who claim to follow Jesus but are in no way distinct from the world. Jesus said this kind of complacency in the church makes him sick, and it tells the world a lie about him.
Dec
28
2023
Jesus said that when the church becomes so complacent that it is neither hot with the passion that fuels sacrifice nor cold and refreshing, it makes him sick.
Dec
27
2023
While Christmas may not be a season of hope for many people, there is a vision of Jesus beyond the cradle that will help us remember his love and power and worship him in the midst of trouble.
Dec
26
2023
Christmas is not a season of hope for many people. Good cheer and glad tidings are a painful reminder of a broken relationship, a long sickness, or an empty place at the table.
Dec
25
2023
In this teaching from one of Summit Church’s Christmas services, Pastor J.D. teaches us that there are only two responses to Jesus: worshipping or weeping.
Dec
22
2023
It’s been said that there’s a “God-shaped hole” in every heart. We all have a sense that there’s something missing—something bigger than us that would give us purpose and meaning. And yet, we often look in all the wrong places.
Dec
21
2023
Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind some of your favorite Christmas songs? Well, Pastor J.D. takes us behind the scenes of the holiday favorite, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. You’ll never hear it the same way again! It’s part of our series called, Carols.
Dec
20
2023
Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind some of your favorite Christmas songs? Well, Pastor J.D. takes us behind the scenes of the holiday favorite, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. You’ll never hear it the same way again! It’s part of our series called, Carols.
Dec
19
2023
Sometimes the road ahead is blocked by obstacles or “mountains” that seem too big to overcome.
Dec
18
2023
You’re in for a special treat as the Summit Worship team opens this teaching with a stirring rendition of the popular Christmas classic, Go Tell It on the Mountain.
Dec
15
2023
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and peace. But the reality is for most of us, December is just as hard as the rest of the year, if not more!
Dec
14
2023
As Christians, we tend to use the term “blessed” pretty loosely. When something good happens, we say we’re blessed.
Dec
13
2023
Imagine this: It’s the First Century A.D. You’re an unmarried teenage girl. And suddenly, you learn that you’ve got a baby on the way.
Dec
12
2023
Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re singing along with a song that you’ve heard a million times before, but all of a sudden something clicks, and you realize what the lyrics are actually about?
Dec
11
2023
If you really think about it, the incarnation can seem pretty mysterious and confusing. God coming to earth and becoming flesh.
Dec
8
2023
Just like the Wise Men chose to respond with great joy to finding King Jesus, we, too, have to choose how we will respond to the stars, or the signs, that God puts in our lives to point us to him. Pastor J.D. explains the four responses you can have and how, when you choose to keep seeking Jesus, you can experience the same joy the Wise Men had.
Dec
7
2023
In this teaching from Matthew 2, Pastor J.D. walks us through one of the most recognizable, iconic stories of Christmas: the coming of the Magi, or “Wise Men,” to see Jesus.
Dec
6
2023
Abraham is given the ultimate test of surrender and sacrifice as Pastor J.D. Greear concludes the series called, Multiply. God is committed to us far more than we could ever imagine.
Dec
5
2023
Pastor J.D. asks a few important diagnostic questions to determine your value systems and priorities. Are you more like Lot who valued his own self interests? Or are you more like Abraham who prioritized generosity?
Dec
4
2023
Does God get your first and best? Where does he fall in your list of priorities? Pastor J.D. explains that whatever it is that gets our first and best reveals what serves as god in your life. 
Dec
1
2023
See how serious God is about teaching us to live by faith. Before God can do something through us, he’s got to do something in us. Discover the path you must walk for God to multiply your life.
Nov
30
2023
See how serious God is about teaching us to live by faith. Before God can do something through us, he’s got to do something in us. Discover the path you must walk for God to multiply your life.
Nov
29
2023
Pastor J.D. looks at the life of Abraham, a man who gives us a picture of how God wants to use all of us in the world.
Nov
28
2023
Pastor J.D. continues our brand new “Begin Again” teaching series by taking us to the tiny book of Haggai
Nov
27
2023
Pastor J.D. continues our brand new “Begin Again” teaching series by taking us to the tiny book of Haggai
Nov
24
2023
God has done great things for us, liberating us from the slavery of sin. Now he invites us to become a part of his rescue plan for our neighbors and the nations.
Nov
23
2023
In a brand new teaching from our series called “Begin Again,” Pastor J.D. invites us to rediscover God’s purposes for our church.
Nov
22
2023
The world seems darker and more confusing by the day, but now is not a time to shrink back in fear. It’s a moment for us to renew our commitment.
Nov
21
2023
In this teaching from Exodus 13, Pastor J.D. invites us to learn from the Old Testament people of God, who—like us—were coming out of their own trauma into a new land of opportunity.
Nov
20
2023
If you were to ask a hundred people what it means to be “Christian,” you’d probably get a ton of different answers. Some think it means that you come from a Christian family.
Nov
17
2023
The term “Christian” has become almost meaningless in recent years, especially in America. If you believe in God and don’t really identify with any other religion, then you probably call yourself a Christian.
Nov
16
2023
Most people are familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan. It’s a nice story about loving others and being the bigger person. Isn’t it?
Nov
15
2023
How good do we have to be to get into heaven? J.D. Greear answers that question as we jump into a brand new series called, In Earth as it Is in Heaven.
Nov
14
2023
As we come to the end of our time in First Peter, our theme has been “together we endure”---together, we press through difficult times.
Nov
13
2023
In the middle of summer heat you know how good a moment of shade can feel, like when you’re in a parking lot and look for that one tree to park under.
Nov
10
2023
We’re jumping into a sensitive and controversial subject: the biblical roles of husbands and wives
Nov
9
2023
Our nation has experienced an unusual few years, and the amount of stress that comes with following the authorities set before us is at an all time high.
Nov
8
2023
1 Peter says we’re supposed to be different than the world around us. What does that mean to leave as a citizen of heaven and not of earth?
Nov
7
2023
Grow up. It’s a simple command God gives in 1 Peter. But what does that mean? In our spiritual lives, it can be hard to judge whether or not we’re really “growing up.”
Nov
6
2023
Most of us don’t feel like exiles – we live in communities that we enjoy, with shelter and friendships that sustain us.
Nov
3
2023
This teaching series called “Together We Endure” was originally preached during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the world was on lockdown — and yet, over three years later, our world is still in the midst of so much chaos!
Nov
2
2023
What do you think is the greatest sign of Christian maturity? We close the “Romans” series in today’s message by looking at a seemingly unimportant list of acknowledgements of people serving in the church that fill the last pages of the letter.
Nov
1
2023
After spending 15 chapters in Romans explaining how the gospel has the power to change the world, the Apostle Paul then closes the book with a list of commendations.
Oct
31
2023
Do you know what your calling is? It’s a big concept that many people want to talk about, because if we knew what ours is, then we would be able to make decisions that fall in line with God’s bigger purpose.
Oct
30
2023
Have you turned the will of God into an idol? Many people today desire to know God’s will more than they do his purposes and seek it more than they do his glory.
Oct
27
2023
What are the issues not directly addressed in Scripture that you would let divide you and someone else in the church?
Oct
26
2023
What do you think would happen if the church made unity in the gospel more important than divisions over debatable things?
Oct
25
2023
Jesus once told the Pharisees to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s but to God what is God’s.” In today’s message, Pastor J.D. continues to look at Romans 13 and its instructions on how to honor and obey those in government.
Oct
24
2023
For the first century church and the worldwide church today, one of the most difficult places to overcome evil with good is in its relationship with the government.
Oct
23
2023
When you’re fighting evil in the world, you’re facing two battlefronts: the evil in another person but also the evil that wants to grow in you in response to what someone has done to you. In today’s message, Pastor J.D. continues to show us how to overcome evil with good.
Oct
20
2023
How do you normally respond when someone treats you unfairly or disappoints you? We can all probably quote verses from the Bible about what gospel love looks like, but it’s often difficult to show that kind of love to our enemies.
Oct
19
2023
Can you imagine a church that didn’t need great musicians or special events to attract people because of the way that it loved each other and the world?
Oct
18
2023
The only way to love like Jesus is to understand how great a love you are a recipient of. In this teaching, we turn to Romans 12, where Paul shows us how we should love in light of God’s mercy to us.
Oct
17
2023
Pride messes up our lives in a lot of ways. But one way you may not have thought about it being a problem is when it keeps you from pursuing your spiritual gifts.
Oct
16
2023
You don’t hear a lot about pride when people talk about spiritual gifts. But the truth is, when we think rightly about ourselves because of the gospel, then we realize how desperately we need the spiritual gifts.
Oct
13
2023
Do you want to know what the will of God is for your life? Pastor J.D. continues in this message from Romans 12 to talk about the two things that summarize what Christianity is all about.
Oct
12
2023
If you grew up in the church, you may have viewed the gospel as a starting point in Christianity, and then you had a bunch of new things you had to do.
Oct
11
2023
Does thinking about God’s mercy ever lead you to pour out your heart in worship? In today’s message, Pastor J.D. turns to Romans 11 and Paul’s exuberant response to the gospel.
Oct
10
2023
Does thinking about God’s mercy ever lead you to pour out your heart in worship? In today’s message, Pastor J.D. turns to Romans 11 and Paul’s exuberant response to the gospel.
Oct
9
2023
If you were put on trial for being a Christian, and the only evidence came from what your friends observed about you at work or at school, would you be convicted?
Oct
6
2023
How do you think God feels about people who claim him as Lord but do not walk with him or submit to his lordship? In this message, Pastor J.D. looks at Romans 11 to show us how, while God has kept his promise to Israel, he will also remove anyone who does not demonstrate a staying faith, like he did with Israel.
Oct
5
2023
Everyone wants to be happy, so why does happiness seem so elusive? Is there a secret to obtaining happiness that we’ve all been missing?
Oct
4
2023
The Bible offers plenty of practical wisdom. For instance, Proverbs says that, “A generous person will prosper.” Or, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Oct
3
2023
The author of Ecclesiastes repeatedly states that life is meaningless, “a chasing after the wind.” But as Pastor J.D. continues our series called, Full of Nothing, we’re discovering what that phrase means, and we’re finding hope in this seemingly pessimistic passage!
Oct
2
2023
Have you ever been in the middle of a crisis—maybe a spouse left you, a loved one passed away, or your business went under—and you started to question whether or not there’s any meaning to all the seemingly random tragedies of life?
Sep
29
2023
Though it’s rarely pleasant, honest introspection is an important part of life. It’s essential to regularly search our own hearts, to see if there’s any secret sin we might be ignoring.
Sep
28
2023
The Hoover Dam is one of the most impressive feats of modern engineering. And yet, all it would take is one little crack being overlooked, and the entire structure would come tumbling down.
Sep
27
2023
In a commencement address, the speaker usually tries to summarize all their wisdom and life advice into one speech. And that’s what King Solomon did at the dedication of the temple.
Sep
26
2023
Popular thought says there are lots of ways to know God, and claiming to have exclusive access makes you sound prejudiced and narrow-minded. But is that really how it works? Does every religion get you to God in the end?
Sep
25
2023
A lot of us tend to see pastors and missionaries as “super Christians,” and we think that getting serious about God means giving up our day job and going into full-time ministry. But as he continues our series called, “The Man Who Had it All,” Pastor J.D. reveals that every job is a full-time ministry! 
Sep
22
2023
Have you ever noticed that most of us have different personas for different places? We have our “work self,” our “home self,” and our “church self.” It’s not that we want to be hypocritical or disingenuous.
Sep
21
2023
Have you ever been facing a really big decision and you prayed for God’s guidance, but all you heard back were crickets? What’s the secret to unlocking God’s wisdom?
Sep
20
2023
As we kick off a new series called, “The Man Who Had It All,” we’re looking at the life of King Solomon, a fascinating Old Testament figure whose story is a string of seeming contradictions.
Sep
19
2023
As we wrap up our brand new teaching series in Psalm 23, Pastor J.D. reminds us how the Apostle Paul never asked for his “thorn in the flesh.”
Sep
18
2023
Have you ever wondered how much goodness God can bring about in your life? Pastor J.D. Greear tackles that question as he examines the sufferings of the Apostle Paul.
Sep
15
2023
As we continue our series through Psalm 23, Pastor J.D. Greear examines the life of Namaan—a powerful king with a powerful problem: leprosy. Naaman would eventually get the healing he was after, but not before God led him in a direction he never expected to go.
Sep
14
2023
As we continue our series through Psalm 23, Pastor J.D. Greear examines the life of Namaan—a powerful king with a powerful problem: leprosy. Naaman would eventually get the healing he was after, but not before God led him in a direction he never expected to go.
Sep
13
2023
As we continue through Psalm 23, we’re finishing up a look into the life of Joseph. Joseph’s life was characterized by betrayal, injustice, confusion, and—above all—years and years of waiting.
Sep
12
2023
In the next teaching from our series called “Goodness In the Middle,” Pastor J.D. draws a parallel between this psalm of David and the life of Joseph – one of the most engaging characters in the entire Bible. Joseph lived a life of high’s and low’s, but through it all, he trusted that God was ultimately in control.
Sep
11
2023
Ever wondered what it would be like to say, “I have no needs?” As Pastor J.D. wraps up the first teaching from a brand new series through Psalm 23 called “Goodness In the Middle,” he shows us exactly what it looks like to have no needs—straight from one of the most famous chapters in the Bible.
Sep
8
2023
Theology isn’t just about learning a lot of impressive terminology. Good, biblical theology is practical, and it changes the way we interact with our world.
Sep
7
2023
In the rush of everyday life, we often find ourselves hungry for a bigger destiny. Pastor J.D. describes the only thing that can fill that desire.
Sep
6
2023
Everyone wants to feel that their life has a bigger purpose. But does anything we do actually last into eternity?
Sep
5
2023
What does it mean to have faith through trials? Does it mean that we just put on a smile and act like everything’s fine, even when we’re hurting inside?
Sep
4
2023
It seems like we’re constantly hearing news of hurricanes, wildfires, and mass shootings. And on a more personal level, we face chronic pain, broken marriages, and unfulfilled dreams. Will it ever get better?
Sep
1
2023
We all have a deep-seated sense that we don’t quite measure up and we need to do better. Where does that feeling come from?
Aug
31
2023
Most of us would say that we’re a pretty good person. We have faults, but our hearts are in the right place. But if our hearts are truly in the right place, then why do we keep doing wrong things? Why do we still hurt people, act selfishly, or lash out in anger?
Aug
30
2023
If there’s one thing that everyone wants in life, it’s happiness. And yet, for so many people, happiness seems like a pipe dream. We either spend our whole lives chasing the next thrill, never completely satisfied, or we end up settling for comfort and trying to drown out the nagging sense that we’re meant for more.
Aug
29
2023
In a brand new study in the book of Psalms called Question Everything, we’re discovering how an ancient book of music lyrics can help us answer some of the most pressing questions on our hearts, like, “Why am I not happy?” and “Does my life have a purpose?”
Aug
28
2023
As Pastor J.D. is concluding our series titled "Kingdom Come," he is explaining how we can have joy today, knowing that what we do in this life will count for eternity!
Aug
25
2023
As Pastor J.D. wraps up our series titled Kingdom Come, he reminds us that the resurrection of Jesus isn’t folklore or myth, but a factual, historical account supported by hundreds of eyewitnesses.
Aug
24
2023
In a teaching called The Imminence of the Kingdom, Pastor J.D. is teaching from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 17, reminding us that more people will miss the Kingdom of God because they neglect it, rather than reject it.
Aug
23
2023
You’ve probably noticed that Christian books and ministries offer endless speculation about the end times and the Kingdom of God. Pastor J.D. Greear explains that the Kingdom of God is already here, but also, not yet.
Aug
22
2023
Many people think they have to go overseas to fulfill the Great Commission. But Pastor J.D. reminds us that we have a mission field right here at home! Today’s message is part of our series called Kingdom Come. And Pastor J.D. is teaching from Luke, Chapter 14.
Aug
21
2023
As Pastor J.D. teaches from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 14, he explains who God puts on his A-list, and he notes that it’s much different than our own. This message is part of our series called "Kingdom Come."
Aug
18
2023
We’re learning a lesson in gospel irony as Pastor J.D. continues our study in the Gospel of Luke. In Luke, Chapter 14, he unpacks the meaning of two seemingly different parables. But when we see how they tie together and how much God truly loves and cares for us, we’ll never be the same.
Aug
17
2023
Not all invitations are equal. A backyard BBQ invite might show up in an email or a text message, whereas a wedding invitation is probably going to make a splash.
Aug
16
2023
Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just show up and announce himself? Wouldn’t that quiet down all the skeptics? As we continue our series titled "Kingdom Come," Pastor J.D. explains that God reveals himself to those who want to know him but hides from those who want to use him.
Aug
15
2023
In this passage of Luke 10, Pastor J.D. explains that Jesus conceals the truth from those who seek to use God as a means to an end.
Aug
14
2023
The Gospel of Luke records several times when Jesus told people not to reveal who he is. If God wants everyone to know him, why did Jesus take such great pains to hide his accomplishments?
Aug
11
2023
When someone asks, “What’s the point of prayer?” there are probably a couple of ways we could answer. As we continue our series, titled “Kingdom Come,” Pastor J.D. turns to the Gospel of Luke to teach us how to pray boldly and with persistence.
Aug
10
2023
Almost every religion teaches prayer, and even non-religious people pray. But what makes Christian prayer different? For starters, it’s not about twisting someone’s arm, or cajoling a distant god, but speaking with boldness to our loving, Heavenly Father.
Aug
9
2023
We’ve all heard the saying: “Nothing in life is certain, except death and taxes.” But Pastor J.D. explains how Jesus removed the sting and power of death
Aug
8
2023
Wherever Jesus went, crowds followed. But no matter a person’s class or station, Jesus extends compassion and tenderness to anyone who comes to him in faith.
Aug
7
2023
As we continue our study in the Gospel of Luke, we’re exploring what Jesus says about the Kingdom! It’s part of our series titled Kingdom Come.
Aug
4
2023
What comes to mind when you think about the Kingdom of God? Jesus robed in white, walking beside your loved ones on streets of gold? Well, it’s likely that we all need to broaden our perspective.
Aug
2
2023
Everyone enjoys the good things in life. But when those “good things” become our focus, we’ve landed in enemy territory. Learn how to steer clear of the temptations.
Aug
1
2023
Can God’s plan triumph over all of life’s hurts and disappointments? It’s a question most of us have asked. Pastor J.D. provides the answer as he continues the series called Kingdom Come.
Jul
31
2023
Do you have pain, disappointment, or unanswered questions in your life? This message, titled “Surprise,” teaches us what real faith is—in spite of the challenges that life throws at you. Don’t miss it Monday on Summit Life with J.D. Greear.
Jul
28
2023
In this message from Romans 10, Pastor J.D. continues to lean into the truth that those of us who have heard the message have an obligation to share it and how to send or be sent.
Jul
27
2023
Are you ready to say “yes” to whatever God asks you to do? In this message, Pastor J.D. looks at four important verses from Romans 10 that show us why, as the ones who believe in the gospel message, we owe it to those who have not heard to take it to them.
Jul
26
2023
Do your circumstances feel pretty dark and heavy right now? When we feel far from God, it’s easy to doubt that we have what it takes to be saved. But in this message from Pastor J.D. on Romans 10, we see why we can trust that what was required for salvation has been fulfilled in Jesus and how, when we confess and believe that Jesus is Lord, we will never be disappointed.
Jul
25
2023
In this message, Pastor J.D. looks at Romans 10 to show us how, no matter how much shame we feel from our past or how far we feel from God, he is as close as our mouth and our heart.
Jul
24
2023
Do God’s ways often seem confusing to you? Pastor J.D. continues today’s teaching from Romans 9 to teach us how trusting in the mystery of God’s wisdom and his goodness to save us gives us assurance that he will finish the work he has started in us.
Jul
21
2023
To answer this and some other tough questions in today’s message, Pastor J.D. looks at Romans 9 to show us how the mystery of God’s ways should point us to his sovereignty and our unworthiness. When we see ourselves rightly, we are emboldened to share his mercy with the least likely.
Jul
20
2023
As Pastor J.D. continues today in Romans 8, he teaches us that persecution and opposition may affect our situation, but, as God’s children, our lives are not defined by our situation. When we suffer, we have the assurance of being called, justified, and glorified—and that makes us more than conquerors.
Jul
19
2023
In this message, Pastor J.D. takes us back to the greatest chapter in the Bible, Romans 8, to show us how God not only delivers us from our suffering. Even more—he makes our pain and suffering serve his purposes.
Jul
18
2023
Pastor J.D. continues in this message to draw from the deep well of gospel truth in Romans 8 to remind us of how God is working in our suffering and the fact that, even when you feel like you’re barely holding onto God in the midst of your pain, he is still holding onto you.
Jul
17
2023
In today’s teaching, Pastor J.D. turns to Romans 8 to show us the myths we believe about suffering as Christians and how we can hope in our suffering, knowing that God is going to finish his good work in us.
Jul
14
2023
Pastor J.D. continues in today’s message from Romans 8 to show us how the Holy Spirit gives us assurance that God is with us and working for our good, even in our pain.
Jul
13
2023
Do you know what to do with the Holy Spirit? Many Christians repeat familiar phrases about the Spirit but still don’t know what they mean. In this message, Pastor J.D. teaches from Romans 8 about why the Holy Spirit is necessary.
Jul
12
2023
What if the worst effect of sin is not how it hurts you or someone else, but how it cuts you off from the Holy Spirit? When there is total surrender to God’s Spirit, we’re free to walk in righteousness and resurrection power.
Jul
11
2023
If some part of your life feels dead because of the effects of sin, then you need to hear this: there is resurrection hope for you. In this message, Pastor J.D. turns to what many people consider the greatest chapter in the Bible, Romans 8.
Jul
10
2023
Can you relate to the Apostle Paul, who was so torn between his desire to do good and the ongoing sin in his life that he needed to cling desperately to God’s mercy? We’ll see how acknowledging the battle with sin and our ultimate victory over it doesn’t just change how we view the fight.
Jul
7
2023
Ever feel like you’re living a double life? There’s one side of you that wants to do the right thing and another that doesn’t want to do it at all—and that can’t be right, because you’re a Christian, and you think you shouldn’t struggle with sin anymore.
Jul
6
2023
Have you ever wondered why, even though you made Jesus Lord of your life, sin still seems so powerful? It’s a question every believer asks at some point, and it’s a struggle the Apostle Paul understood firsthand.
Jul
5
2023
At some point, every follower of Jesus will ask, “If Jesus is Lord of my life, then why do I keep sinning?” In today’s teaching from the “Romans” series, Pastor J.D. shows us how believing in our righteous identity in Christ releases power in us to live up to that identity.
Jul
4
2023
Some of us think if only we could see Jesus with our own eyes, like Paul, then we would never have any doubts about faith.
Jul
3
2023
Do you ever have doubts about faith? If so, you’re not alone. Even the first disciples had unanswered questions. In today’s message from Romans 6, Pastor J.D. walks through how the resurrection shows us not just that Jesus is who he said he was and that his death accomplished what he said it would.
Jun
30
2023
Many of us felt confident and invincible as young kids, but as we grew older, insecurities set in and we started questioning ourselves. Pastor J.D. explains that those insecurities aren’t really a reflection of ourselves — they’re a reflection of our view of God.
Jun
29
2023
Self-improvement is an American obsession, and the self-help industry churns out an endless supply of books, seminars and training programs, raking in about $10 billion each year! But Pastor J.D. teaches about the real path to confidence and significance.
Jun
28
2023
When God doesn’t show up when we want him to, we tend to get worried and anxious, which often leads to disaster.
Jun
27
2023
Sometimes when we’re afraid or in a bind, we try to bargain with God. We’ve all been there — trying to get Jesus to agree to our demands.
Jun
26
2023
Conflict isn’t anything new. It’s as much a part of life as breathing! And while most of us run from conflict, what if conflict is the very thing God wants to use to shape our lives?
Jun
23
2023
Remember how frustrating it was when you were in school and the teacher was describing a big concept, but you couldn’t make heads or tails of it? Nobody likes when they can’t understand something
Jun
22
2023
The battle for holiness was won two thousand years ago on the cross. So why do we still struggle with sin today? And what tools has God given us to break free?
Jun
21
2023
When we’re facing a personal tragedy, we might wonder if we’re being punished for something we did wrong. Certainly, we can cause ourselves a lot of pain when we ignore God’s Word.
Jun
20
2023
Deep down, a lot of people believe the biblical view of submission in marriage is outdated and unequal. But God’s design for marriage is perfect, timeless, and beautiful.
Jun
19
2023
A quick look at the divorce statistics in the U.S. will make one thing abundantly clear: as a culture, we’re bad at marriage. Even couples that manage to stay together often end up living parallel lives rather than the “happily ever after” they dreamed of. So what are we missing?
Jun
16
2023
As Pastor J.D. often says, the gospel is the power for the Christian life. And on this edition of Summit Life, we’re discovering how the gospel transforms our view of marriage.
Jun
15
2023
The Bible makes it clear that if you’re really following Jesus, then the world is going to oppose you in one way or another. So what do we do when we’re mocked or excluded because of our faith?
Jun
14
2023
The Bible clearly calls believers to submit to authority, whether that’s parental authority, a boss at work, or the government. But what about when those in authority are morally corrupt?
Jun
13
2023
In the book of First Peter, Christians are called to be aliens on this earth. That phrase appears on plenty of bumper stickers and T-shirts, but what does it actually mean?
Jun
12
2023
As Christians, we’re supposed to be different than the world around us. We’re called to be outsiders and aliens. But what does that look like on a practical level?
Jun
9
2023
Most teens start feeling grown up when they get their driver’s license or graduate high school. But what are the marks that a person is growing up spiritually?
Jun
8
2023
We can’t help getting older, but growing up is a choice. Pastor J.D. challenges us to Grow Up spiritually and reach true maturity in our faith.
Jun
7
2023
The word “holiness” gets thrown around a lot in church, and most of us have a vague idea of what it means, but do we really understand the implications of calling God holy?
Jun
6
2023
Most Christians think that trusting God means we just have to put on a happy face no matter what, even when we’re hurting inside. But that’s not at all what the Bible teaches us.
Jun
5
2023
Most Christians think that trusting God means we just have to put on a happy face no matter what, even when we’re hurting inside. But that’s not at all what the Bible teaches us.
Jun
2
2023
A lot of people come to Jesus with the expectation that he’ll make their life better. But Jesus said that in this world, we will have trouble. So how should we respond when life gets hard?
Jun
1
2023
From the first century to the 21st, Christians around the world have gladly given their lives for the sake of the gospel. There are countless stories of believers singing as they went to their execution and praying for their enemies. Where did they get that otherworldly courage? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he begins a brand new series called, I Am an Alien. We’re learning what it means to be in the world but not of the world. 
May
31
2023
We talk a lot on Summit Life about living our lives on a mission… “sent” into the mission field God has placed us in. Today, we’ll hear more about how we can fulfill the Great Commission in our families, our workplaces, and whatever situation we find ourselves in. Because, no matter what season of life we’re in, our calling as followers of Jesus is to “Live Sent.”
May
30
2023
Did you know that every single worship service at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, where Pastor J.D. pastors, ends with the same three words? Those words are: “You are sent.” We love gathering to worship God together every weekend, but we always want to remind ourselves that once we leave the church service, the real work begins… because we’re all missionaries being “sent out” into our mission field!
May
29
2023
This is the Tale of Two Adams: While one man brought the curse of death upon the human race, another man sacrificed and took that curse into himself. Pastor J.D. continues to teach in this message how we have chosen sin, like the first Adam, but we can choose life through the second man, Jesus Christ. When we do, we’ll understand why every son and daughter of Adam needs to hear how they, too, can be redeemed.
May
26
2023
We all have a problem: We are living under the curse of sin and death, all because of the choice of one man: Adam. That’s pretty depressing, isn’t it? But there’s hope in the gospel. In today’s message, Pastor J.D. walks through Romans 5 and shows us how, even though we all made the same choice as Adam to sin, we can all make the choice today to accept salvation through another man—the second Adam, Jesus Christ.
May
25
2023
We won’t always know how God is working in our suffering. That doesn’t sound very comforting, but we know from the Bible that we can trust in two things: first, the cross shows us that he hasn’t forgotten us and, two, the resurrection shows us that he always finishes what he has started. Pastor J.D. continues in this message from Romans to remind us how and why we can have joy in the midst of our suffering.
May
24
2023
How is it possible to rejoice when we are suffering? You may think it’s not possible. But, Romans 5 shows us that the gospel changes everything, including how we look at suffering. In this message, Pastor J.D. teaches us how we can rejoice in the hope that God will keep all his promises ... a hope rooted in the assurance that one day, even if nothing else in our lives works out, God will restore everything that is broken.
May
23
2023
Do you have the kind of faith Abraham had? The Apostle Paul says that, even when he faltered, Abraham “did not waver in unbelief.” As Pastor J.D. continues to teach from Romans 4, he helps us understand that faith is not about never failing; it’s about placing your trust in the God who always keeps his promises. Faith is about admitting that you cannot save yourself, but that, in God’s grace, he has done it for you.
May
22
2023
One of the most common questions about Christianity is, “How did people in the Old Testament get to heaven?” In today’s teaching, Pastor J.D. teaches us not only when and how Abram — the “father of our faith” — was saved, but also how our faith is the same as Abraham’s. Through his story, we see that the Christian life is started and sustained by faith that God will keep his promises and that he fulfilled his most important one in Jesus.
May
19
2023
When we experience division in the church, the first question we should ask is, “What are we boasting in?” As he continues in Romans 3, Pastor J.D. shows us in this message the three things we tend to boast in and why they contribute to conflict. When we understand that, while God only accepts those who are repentant, he also accepts repentant people from every background and race, only then will we have unity in God’s family.
May
18
2023
We often like the concept of diversity, as long as other people adapt to our customs and styles. But the gospel teaches us a different way. In this message, Pastor J.D. teaches from Romans 3, where we learn that, while there is only one way to salvation, God doesn’t accept us because of anything about us but because of what he’s done for us. This makes Christianity, as Tim Keller says, “the most inclusive exclusivity there is.”
May
17
2023
If you’ve never known how to reply to someone who asks, “What’s the big deal about Jesus?” then this is the message for you. Pastor J.D. continues through the passage in Romans 3 that some scholars say is the most important in the Bible. Through its message, we learn what makes Christianity so different from every other religion and how accepting Jesus’ forgiveness changes the foundation of our lives.
May
16
2023
Have you ever wondered how to respond when someone asks you why you think Jesus is the only way to salvation? In this message, Pastor J.D. walks through one of the most important passages in Romans, what Martin Luther called “the very central place ... of the whole Bible.” In it, we find not only the answer to why Jesus saves but also a confidence that is found only through our justification.
May
15
2023
Billy Graham said that what sends most people to hell is not their sins but their good works, because good works make us think there is something good about us that can save us from ourselves. Pastor J.D. continues in this message from Romans to show us how religion cannot reform us and willpower cannot change our hearts—and the one thing we need to come to Jesus for salvation.
May
12
2023
You’ve got a problem. We all do! Salvation through Jesus has always been available, but many people still have not received it because they’re not willing to admit that there’s a problem with their heart. In this message, Pastor J.D. walks through Romans 3 and helps us see how the law showed us our need for a Savior, but that we cannot do anything to be made righteous except believe in Jesus who kept the law in our place.
May
11
2023
Good news! Though religion can’t change us, the gospel gives us a new heart. In Romans 2 Paul admonishes religious people who have grown up in church and have never recognized their need for repentance but reminds us that there is hope. In this message, Pastor J.D. shows us the only way for religious and irreligious people to be saved and how God stands ready not with condemnation but mercy and kindness.
May
10
2023
In Romans 2, Paul goes after religious people who think they’re better because they know the Bible and go to church—and he’s talking to us. Pastor J.D. continues in the “Romans” series in this message as he explains why, on the final day, God will look beyond the outward performance of religion to our inward motivations and how both religious and irreligious sinners are welcomed back into God’s family through the cross.
May
9
2023
It’s easy to look at the sins listed in Romans 1 and think, “What was wrong with those people?” But the gospel teaches us that the same idolatry in the hearts of people throughout history still exists in us today. In this message, Pastor J.D. continues to show us in Romans that, while we all stand under judgment of a righteous God, he is also a merciful God who spares us through his grace.
May
8
2023
We often look back at our country’s history of slavery, oppression, and racism and think, “How could they have been so blind?” And yet we continue to practice the same idolatry today, where we reject God as the center and ruler of our lives. As Pastor J.D. returns to the “Romans” series in this message, he shows us why, thank God, it doesn’t matter what kind of sinner we are but what kind of Savior Jesus is.
May
5
2023
Have you ever wondered what happens to people who have never heard the name of Jesus? In this message, Pastor J.D. turns to Romans, where the Apostle Paul shows us that God has revealed truth to us in creation and in us through a longing for meaning and eternity. Learn why those longings are no cruel joke; they are, as C.S. Lewis said, evidence that we were made for another world.
May
4
2023
When it comes to the gospel, you have to get lost before you get saved. Pastor J.D. shows us in this message from the “Romans” series that though the Bible makes it clear that we have all turned away from God and our hearts are corrupt, God did not stop pursuing us. If you’re lost, just look to the cross, where God shows you his holiness, your unrighteousness, and his willingness to come after you anyway.
May
3
2023
What would it take for you to give up your life as you know it so others could hear the gospel? In this message, Pastor J.D. continues to examine the life of Paul, who wasn’t just unashamed to share the good news around the world—he was eager to faithfully proclaim what Christ had done. His example shows us just how unworthy we were to hear the gospel and how much we owe to Jesus for giving it to us.
May
2
2023
The gospel that compelled Paul to forsake his life and carry its message around the world for the sake of the lost is the same gospel that calls you today to do the same. Pastor J.D. continues in the “Romans” series by examining the life of Paul—the former Pharisee who understood that with the privilege of hearing the gospel comes the responsibility of sharing it—and showing how the gospel should change the way you look at your life.
May
1
2023
The power to continue in the Christian life comes from the same place you got the power to start in the Christian life. In this message, Pastor J.D. continues his introduction to the “Romans” series and explains what it means for the gospel to go deeper in you and through you in the world.
Apr
28
2023
In this introduction to the “Romans” series, Pastor J.D. explains how the gospel is not just the diving board off of which we jump into the pool of Christianity. It is the pool itself.
Apr
27
2023
Is it possible for Jesus to be God but not know everything God the Father knows? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he concludes our series called, The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.
Apr
26
2023
When it comes to end-time prophecy, some Christians spend a ton of time trying to map out the last days. Others want to focus on the here and now. So which approach is correct?
Apr
25
2023
Jesus told his followers that they would have authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. What exactly did he mean by that?
Apr
24
2023
When many of us picture Satan, we think of little red horns and a pitchfork. But is Satan just a figment of Hollywood’s imagination, or is he really alive and active in our world today?
Apr
20
2023
A lot of people use Matthew 7:1 to argue that we should never tell anyone that they’re sinning. But is that what Jesus really meant when he told us not to judge others?
Apr
19
2023
In our culture, it’s a common belief that every religion leads to God, as long as you’re sincere. But the offensive truth is: that’s not what Jesus taught!
Apr
18
2023
Everyone likes the idea of Jesus bringing peace on earth and goodwill to men. But uncontroversial people don’t get crucified.
Apr
17
2023
In the Garden of Gethsemane, we witness one of the most shocking moments in all of history. God the Father turned his face away from his Son so that he could welcome us into his presence.
Apr
14
2023
Have you ever felt abandoned? Maybe a spouse left you, a friend betrayed you, or a parent wasn’t there when you needed them most. Jesus knows exactly how that feels.
Apr
13
2023
Most people believe that they’re going to go to heaven when they die because they’re a good person. But in truth, our salvation has nothing to do with our moral successes and failures.
Apr
12
2023
As Pastor J.D. begins a series called The Difficult Sayings of Jesus, we’re putting aside our assumptions and taking a fresh look at who Jesus really is.
Apr
11
2023
In this message on 1 Corinthians 16, Pastor J.D. continues to walk through Paul’s concluding thoughts to the Corinthian church, through which we get a helpful look into the biblical motivation for giving and how to make a Spirit-led decision.
Apr
10
2023
As Paul bounces from topic to topic—principles on giving, the need for courage, dealing with opposition, discerning God’s will—we see a snapshot of a faithful Christian life.
Apr
7
2023
Pastor J.D. helps you understand what Jesus has done for you and how to make the most important decision of your life.
Apr
6
2023
In this Easter message, Pastor J.D. explains that whether or not the resurrection is true, we should all want it to be true.
Apr
5
2023
Pastor J.D. teaches the four ways the truth of the resurrection should make a difference in our lives and how to be included in the resurrection to eternal glory.
Apr
4
2023
In this message from 1 Corinthians 15, Pastor J.D. takes a look at how Paul responds to some of the Corinthians who are saying there’s no resurrection of the dead.
Mar
30
2023
Pastor J.D. explains why the love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13 must be received before it is shown—and how that love is found only in Jesus.
Mar
29
2023
A dive into 1 Corinthians 13 shows us the most profound, powerful, and counter-cultural description of love ever written.
Mar
28
2023
Pastor J.D. continues in this message to show how God works in your life not just through your spiritual gifts but also the spiritual gifts of others.
Mar
27
2023
None of us—and none of our brothers or sisters—can truly flourish until we know and exercise our gifts. In God’s community, everybody has a special role to play. Every. Body. Including you.
Mar
24
2023
When the apostle Paul was completely exasperated by the divisions in the Corinthian church, he laid out a theology of communion, because remembering the gospel cuts through all the noise of the chaos in the church.
Mar
23
2023
In this message from 1 Corinthians 11, Pastor J.D. picks up the most fundamental element of Christian worship—the bread and the cup of communion.
Mar
22
2023
Pastor J.D. wants you to see how difficult topics demonstrate created order and the gospel. In this message, Pastor J.D. continues to look at what this passage in 1 Corinthians 11 communicates to us today.
Mar
21
2023
Pastor J.D. walks through one of the most confusing and misinterpreted passages in the entire New Testament. Along the way, we’ll learn just how relevant first-century head coverings are for the hot button questions about gender (and gender identity) in the twenty-first
Mar
20
2023
Pastor J.D. helps you understand what competes with God for first place in your life so that you can get rid of your idols, put God first, and surrender to and serve him.
Mar
17
2023
In this message, Pastor J.D. helps you understand what competes with God for first place in your life so that you can get rid of your idols, put God first, and surrender to and serve him. The only way to overcome idolatry is to lean in to God’s presence and faithfulness!
Mar
16
2023
If athletes train like they do for crowns that perish and names in rafters that fade into oblivion, how much more should we be willing to discipline our lives for the souls of people that last forever? Pastor J.D. explains in this message how to order your life when the crown you are striving for is the soul of your neighbor, coworker, or family member.
Mar
15
2023
Athletes are ruthless, eliminating everything that stands in the way of winning. And we should be the same. Whether we’re looking at our personal preferences, our worship services, our political decisions, even our ethnic identity … we lay it all on the line for the sake of the gospel—that we might save some.
Mar
14
2023
As Pastor J.D. continues to look at what the Bible says about divorce, he answers three practical questions about staying in a difficult marriage, remarriage, and how God views divorced people.
Mar
13
2023
Broken marriages affect so many of us in the church, and we often fail to apply gospel hope to this painful experience.But the Apostle Paul offers real-world wisdom and gospel hope to those who are divorced, those who have considered divorce, those who have been hurt by divorce. Essentially, to all of us.
Mar
10
2023
Pastor J.D. wants to help believers know when it’s the right time to be married, because God created you for relationship, but also that the ultimate place you find companionship is in the church.
Mar
9
2023
Outside the church, marriage seems less and less important. But inside the church, it can sometimes be elevated to the status of idol! So how do we understand God’s design for both marriage and singleness?
Mar
8
2023
Pastor J.D. continues in this message to help Christians know how to respond to a culture that says sex is no big deal and how to flee temptation with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Mar
7
2023
In this message from our series in 1 Corinthians, Pastor J.D. explores a topic that is as contentious to us today as it was to the people in Corinth—sex.
Mar
6
2023
Because sin is serious, the church has to take it seriously and follow the example of church discipline Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 5.
Mar
3
2023
In this message from 1 Corinthians 5, Pastor J.D. teaches about the messy but necessary process of church discipline.
Mar
2
2023
In this message, Pastor J.D. explains further the four characteristics the apostle Paul says should be championed in those who lead.
Mar
1
2023
Join Pastor J.D. as he unpacks what biblical leadership looks like as we continue our series in 1 Corinthians, Cutting Through the Noise.
Feb
28
2023
The same divisions that were present in the early church are still at work in the church today. Because of this, it’s important for those in the church to recognize the roots of self-righteousness and separation.
Feb
27
2023
Pastor J.D. kicks off our series in the book of 1 Corinthians, showing how the gospel cuts through the noise and chaos of our lives.
Feb
24
2023
As Pastor J.D. continues in this message from the “Love Incorruptible” series, he shows us why feeling weak and unqualified makes us more likely to lean on God’s power and how, when we apply gospel truth to our lives, we are strengthened knowing we are fighting from a victory Jesus has already won.
Feb
23
2023
In this message, Pastor J.D. walks through each piece of spiritual armor so that you know how to arm yourself for the spiritual attack happening right now but also so you understand that you need every part of your body covered—because where the gospel has built you up, Satan cannot attack you.
Feb
22
2023
Pastor J.D. continues in this message from Ephesians 5 and helps us understand the biblical meaning of submission and how, when we use our relationships in marriage, family, and work to love and serve like Christ, we grow deeper in joy and unity and put the gospel on display.
Feb
21
2023
In this message, as part of the “Love Incorruptible” series, Pastor J.D. walks us through Ephesians 5, a passage that stirs up a lot of confusion about submission, and helps us see that God uses the relationships in marriage, family, and work as laboratories to help us grow in spiritual maturity.
Feb
20
2023
You can find plenty of instruction in the Bible on how you should walk as a Christian. As he continues this message from Ephesians 5, Pastor J.D. helps us see that we don’t just need to know how to walk. We need to know how to get the power to walk with Jesus. When we are transformed by the gospel, the wonder of it fills our hearts, and we are compelled to walk in love, light, and wisdom.
Feb
17
2023
You may think you’re being a good Christian because you’re trying to imitate God. But are you doing it because you adore him?
Feb
16
2023
In this message, Pastor J.D. continues in a study of Ephesians, where we learn how moving beyond awareness to engagement helps us create the kind of gospel community that celebrates our cultural differences.
Feb
15
2023
As the church, we cannot insist that people bow to our preferences when it comes to worshiping a Savior who gave up all his rights to rescue us.
Feb
14
2023
As sinners, we don’t just need improvement. We need to be saved. We don’t need a life coach to help us start over. We need a resurrected Savior to raise us from death.
Feb
13
2023
Believing in the gospel is kind of inconvenient, isn’t it? When we don’t understand how necessary it is in our lives, the demands it makes on us, like giving generously and reaching out to people who are different, can seem pretty bothersome.
Feb
10
2023
If you feel dry spiritually or just plain bored in your faith, then you don’t need to learn some new facts about Jesus. You just need to have the eyes of your heart enlightened to the truth you already know.
Feb
9
2023
Have you ever felt like something is missing in your spiritual life? What’s often missing is the difference in knowing something in our head and having it come alive in our heart.
Feb
8
2023
If God has already chosen the people who will be saved, then why do we keep sharing Christ with people?
Feb
7
2023
There are a lot of things in the Bible that are hard to understand. In this introduction to the “Love Incorruptible” series from Ephesians, Pastor J.D. explains predestination.
Feb
6
2023
The gospel is the power for the Christian life. And in the book of Philemon, we see a real life example of the gospel transforming two first-century believers who couldn’t be more different.
Feb
3
2023
The gospel is the power for the Christian life. And in the book of Philemon, we see a real life example of the gospel transforming two first-century believers who couldn’t be more different.
Feb
2
2023
Phrases like “resurrection,” “salvation,” and “born again” can become kind of worn out, and we can lose sight of how incredible they really are. So we’re taking a fresh look at the glory of the gospel.
Feb
1
2023
When we talk about the gospel, everyone wants to get to the part about God’s love and forgiveness. But without the bad news of sin, the good news wouldn’t be good!
Jan
31
2023
When you’re coaching a team, it’s essential that your players are clear on their position and role. And the same is true in our spiritual lives.
Jan
30
2023
The word “theology” usually brings up images of seminary professors in dusty libraries. It doesn’t seem very practical. But good theology is actually essential in our everyday lives.
Jan
27
2023
Over the past 70 years or so, our country has become increasingly secular. So how do we continue standing for the truth when it seems like everyone’s against us?
Jan
26
2023
Theology isn’t just about learning a lot of impressive terminology. Good, biblical theology is practical, and it changes the way we interact with our world.
Jan
25
2023
Our society tends to define success by how many things you accomplish. But God has a different standard! Pastor J.D. challenges us to slow down and make room for rest.
Jan
24
2023
Most of us live our lives at a frantic pace. But Pastor J.D. urges us to observe the principle of the Sabbath, explaining why it’s so important to make space for rest and relationships.
Jan
23
2023
Why do you get up and go to work every morning? Pastor J.D. explains how God wants us to think about our careers and challenges us to view them through the lens of the gospel.
Jan
20
2023
Whether you’re working your dream job, or are dreaming of the day you can retire, your work is way more important than you think!
Jan
19
2023
There are many different parenting theories, and it can all be a little overwhelming. But Pastor J.D. reminds us of our most important task when it comes to raising kids.
Jan
18
2023
We all want to be good parents and do right by our kids, but they don’t exactly come with a manual! So how do we know what to do and what to prioritize?
Jan
17
2023
Everyone wants to find a career where they can use their gifts and talents. But Pastor J.D. reminds us that as believers, we all have one calling that outweighs any other!
Jan
16
2023
Everyone wants to have a calling in life, a task that they are specifically designed to accomplish. And Pastor J.D. explains that if you’re a follower of Christ, you do have a calling!
Jan
13
2023
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been through seasons when you felt like your prayers were just bouncing off the ceiling and wasting your time. But get ready for a perspective shift!
Jan
12
2023
What is prayer? It’s not a wish list, a way to unleash the power of positive thinking, or a ritual we have to go through to gain God’s favor. It’s so much more.
Jan
11
2023
Most Christians know that the Bible is important. And yet, many of us struggle to read it on a regular basis. So how can we start to want to read the Bible?
Jan
10
2023
For most Christians, reading the Bible is like getting a shot. We know it’s good for us, but it’s not something we look forward to. But is that really how God wants us to approach his word?
Jan
9
2023
How do you know if you’re saved? Is it because you prayed a prayer at some point asking Jesus into your heart, or because you were baptized?
Jan
6
2023
In our new series called START, we’re looking at the foundational elements of our faith. Whether you’re a new believer trying to figure out this whole Christianity thing, or if you’ve been following Christ for years but want to get back to the basics, this study is for you! 
Jan
5
2023
When you’re trying to discern God’s call, don’t just look for where his Spirit is moving in your life but also in the world—because even more important than what the Spirit says to you is what the Word of God says to everybody. In this message, Pastor J.D. walks through how to figure out what God is doing in the world and conform your life to his mission.
Jan
4
2023
In this message from Romans 15, Pastor J.D. challenges us to lift our eyes to the ends of the earth. When Jesus left his disciples, he promised that his gospel would go to every nation, tribe, language, and tongue. That task isn’t finished. And God is calling many of us to follow him to the most unreached parts of the planet. Is it difficult? Yes. Is it dangerous? Yes. Is he worthy of it? Absolutely.
Jan
3
2023
Pastor J.D. demonstrates how to expect great things of God and attempt great things for God as you work to complete your mission on Earth.
Jan
2
2023
Pastor J.D. takes us on a march throughout church history. The journey of a church doesn’t begin when it’s planted. It began 2,000 years ago, with 11 frightened disciples on a hillside outside of Jerusalem.
Dec
30
2022
Change is scary. But Pastor J.D. explains that, if we want to do great things for God’s kingdom, it’s going to involve some risk!
Dec
29
2022
An age-old question asks, “Do you own your things, or do your things own you?” And that’s our subject as Pastor J.D. continues our series called, Staying Faith.
Dec
28
2022
For most people, money is one of the biggest stressors in our daily lives. But Pastor J.D. reminds us that God never intended for us to be slaves to wealth.
Dec
27
2022
As Pastor J.D. kicks off a new series called, Staying Faith, we’re learning how to persevere to the end in the race of faith.
Dec
26
2022
Hope has a name, and his name is JESUS. For all that you aren’t, for all that you need, for all that you fear, for all that you crave, for literally all that you ever cannot be, he is the great I AM.
Dec
23
2022
Pastor J.D. continues today to identify four types of father wounds that our Everlasting Father heals and shows us how Jesus fills those longings and is the heavenly Father we’ve always craved.
Dec
22
2022
Today, Pastor J.D. identifies four types of father wounds from the series “Hope Has a Name” to show us how Jesus came to heal those wounds.
Dec
21
2022
Pastor J.D. continues today in Isaiah 9 to show us how to approach the Wonderful Counselor, who knows our sin but instead of condemnation offers us the righteousness of Christ.
Dec
20
2022
Today, Pastor J.D. is unpacking the promise of Isaiah 9 and showing us how we should approach the Wonderful Counselor, who brings light to our darkness and gives us the gift of himself.
Dec
19
2022
If someone looked at your Facebook profile, it might seem like you have hundreds of friends. But many of us are feeling more lonely and disconnected than ever before.
Dec
16
2022
Friendships require an incredible amount of effort and vulnerability to maintain. Many people decide it’s not worth the effort. But deep, intimate friendships are essential for our happiness and holiness.
Dec
15
2022
Dating is a confusing process, so today Pastor J.D. offers some biblical wisdom on how dating is supposed to work.
Dec
14
2022
Because courtship looked so different in ancient times, many singles feel like scripture is irrelevant for dating. But God’s word is timeless and it gives us everything we need for life and godliness.
Dec
13
2022
God designed marriage to be for life. So how can we restore a sinking relationship? And what is God’s plan for those who have already gone through a divorce?
Dec
12
2022
When the joy of the honeymoon wears off, most couples discover that their spouse isn’t the saint they imagined. So is it ever okay to divorce and remarry?
Dec
9
2022
Many members of the LGBT community feel like they’re outside the reach of God’s love. But today, Pastor J.D. reveals what the Bible really says about God’s grace and same sex attraction.
Dec
8
2022
Some churches have embraced gay marriage. And other churches have shamed the gay community. Are either of these responses biblical?
Dec
7
2022
Whether you’re married or not, every Christian should be focused on the marriage to come.
Dec
6
2022
When attending church, single people often admit that they feel like second class Christians. But the Bible has a lot to say about the benefits of singleness.
Dec
5
2022
Contrary to popular opinion, God’s plan for sexual boundaries isn’t repressive. His design for marital intimacy was intended to produce joy.
Dec
2
2022
Many people get uneasy when the preacher starts talking about personal issues.  Especially when the subject is sex. But the fact is, sex is one of the few issues that’s addressed in nearly every book of the Bible. God has a lot to say about this topic, and in this series called From the Beginning, J.D. will explore the Scriptures for clarity and direction on sexual expression and cultivating healthy relationships.
Dec
1
2022
Though he served God throughout most of his reign, the end of King Hezekiah’s life shows you how easy it is to receive God’s blessings and then make them all about you. Pastor J.D. teaches in this message how to leverage your successes, health, and resources for God’s mission so that yours is a life of faithful obedience.
Nov
30
2022
In the face of overwhelming odds, King Hezekiah led the people of Israel to believe in God, who delivered them from their trouble. Today Pastor J.D. uses Hezekiah’s prayer as an example of how you should pray for deliverance and why the prayers that are heard by heaven are the ones that start in heaven.
Nov
29
2022
Spiritual awakening will not happen in your city when other people become less wicked or when the politicians finally get it right or the professors at the local university become more moderate. Pastor J.D. continues to show in this message how revival will only happen when God’s people offer their lives so that others can live through their sacrifice.
Nov
28
2022
God is looking for people who will stand in the gap between him and the faithlessness and disobedience of the world. In this message, Pastor J.D. walks through what it will take for you to be part of a spiritual awakening that starts with repentance in the church and spreads throughout every nation.
Nov
25
2022
The gospel declares that Christ bore our sin in our place—but it doesn’t do the world any good if they never hear about it! Pastor J.D. continues in this message to demonstrate how your generosity contributes to a ministry of reconciliation and why it is best invested in the work of your local church.
Nov
24
2022
Today Pastor J.D. looks at the apostle Paul’s example of what it means to be controlled by Christ’s love when it comes to your giving and what your generosity says about Jesus’ value to you.
Nov
23
2022
What are the core components of the gospel centered life? Find out, as Pastor J.D. wraps up a study on King David with a look at his end-of-life legacy.
Nov
22
2022
David may have been a man after God’s own heart, but he also made some terrible mistakes. But it’s how he responded to that sin that makes him a great example for our lives.
Nov
21
2022
When bad things happen, some people try to blame God, while others try to absolve him from all blame. But as King David learned, the truth is often somewhere in between.
Nov
18
2022
Why would a census from a “man after God’s own heart” incite divine wrath? Pastor J.D. teaches from one of the most perplexing stories in the Old Testament.
Nov
17
2022
King David lost his family and kingdom through a single night of lust. But thankfully, that’s not where his story ends!
Nov
16
2022
Because of the cross, our sins are forgiven, and believers are no longer under condemnation. And yet, sin still has consequences in this life.
Nov
15
2022
When the sun comes up in the morning, our natural response is to pull the pillow over our head and pretend it’s still dark. Do we respond the same way when our sins come to light?
Nov
11
2022
If there’s one area where almost everyone has regrets, it’s in the realm of sexual sin. But even in our greatest failures, God can bring redemption.
Nov
10
2022
King David is known as a man after God’s own heart, but even he wasn’t perfect. As we learn about his greatest failure, we’ll discover the importance of fleeing from sexual sin.
Nov
9
2022
How much do you have to give to please God? Is an hour of your Sunday morning enough or ten percent of your income?
Nov
8
2022
What do we have to do to be good enough for God? Some people think they just have to live a decent life. Others constantly worry if they’ve done enough!
Nov
7
2022
If you visit a few different churches, you’ll probably notice that some people sing in solemn reverence, while others raise their hands, dance, or even fall to their knees. Is one way better than the other?
Nov
4
2022
It’s popular to say that “all roads lead to God.” But while that philosophy may sound nice, it just isn’t true. We can only approach God on his own terms.
Nov
3
2022
When our prayers don’t seem to get any response, we often start to wonder if God is even hearing us. And if he does hear us, does he just not care?
Nov
2
2022
Lots of people go to church every week but still feel distant from God. So how can we be sure that God has accepted us?
Nov
1
2022
Have you ever taken a shortcut in life? We all cut corners sometimes because we want a better life now, but Pastor J.D. explains that we can’t rush God’s timing!
Oct
31
2022
We’re all living in one kingdom or another. So who, or what, is the king in your life? That’s the subject of this new study called Search for a King.
Oct
28
2022
It’s a tragic fact that many marriages fall apart after a sudden loss. So how do we keep it together when our life seems to be falling apart?
Oct
27
2022
Whenever we struggle with depression, despair, or doubts about God, we tend to feel a lot of shame. Do we just not have enough faith?
Oct
26
2022
One of the deadliest poisons to relationships is bitterness. The only cure is to be transformed by the grace of God!
Oct
25
2022
Everyone wants justice. But the Bible makes it clear that Christians are called to forgive. So does that mean we’re supposed to let justice fall by the wayside?
Oct
24
2022
Our natural tendency is to focus on our own needs and desires above all else. But for a relationship to work—whether it’s a marriage, friendship, or family—we need to learn selfless love.
Oct
21
2022
The divorce rates in America today are shocking, yet the media continues to paint marriage as the key to happiness and wholeness. What are we missing?
Oct
20
2022
Have you ever felt like a deer in the headlights, paralyzed by fear? Pastor J.D. explains that the cure for unhealthy fear is learning to fear the right things.
Oct
19
2022
If you were asked to list some common sins, you’d probably mention things like lying, lust or inappropriate anger. But what about fear?
Oct
18
2022
Work may seem like a strange topic to include in a series on building strong, godly families. But in actuality, our approach to work has an enormous effect on our homes.
Oct
17
2022
No matter what your job is, we all have days when we feel like just another cog in the machine. But Pastor J.D. challenges us to take a higher view of our careers.
Oct
14
2022
The word “ambition” tends to conjure up images of greedy Wall Street executives or ruthless dictators. But is there such a thing as good ambition?
Oct
13
2022
In a brand new series called Home Wreckers, we’re taking an in-depth look at the pitfalls that corrode our relationships and destroy our homes.
Oct
12
2022
As he concludes our series called Unknown God, Pastor J.D. argues that the god many of us believe in isn’t the God of the Bible.
Oct
11
2022
For most Americans, statue worship isn’t something we’ve seen or experienced. But in truth, many of us—even Bible believing Christians—are buying into false images of God without even knowing it.
Oct
10
2022
No one enjoys being confused. We want to make sense of things. But God’s understanding is much bigger than our own, and even though we can never grasp it all, we can trust in the God who does.
Oct
7
2022
Whether you’re an atheist or a seminary professor, everyone has doubts about God. So how can we have faith if we still have unanswered questions?
Oct
6
2022
Faith is often portrayed as nothing more than a comforting alternative to the more “rational” approach of atheism. But is that actually the case?
Oct
5
2022
Many people struggle to believe in a God they can’t see or touch or hear. But not only can you know that God exists, you can know him personally!
Oct
4
2022
As we conclude our powerful series called Assured, we’re discovering how we can know with absolute certainty whether or not we’re saved. God doesn’t want you living in fear and doubt!
Oct
3
2022
We tend to use the word “love” pretty loosely. It can refer to your feelings about your pets, your spouse, or your favorite food! So what does the Bible mean when it talks about loving your neighbor?
Sep
30
2022
When most people think of idolatry, they picture a temple with little golden statues. But while worshiping a statue is certainly a form of idolatry, it’s not the only kind!
Sep
29
2022
Jesus made it clear that it’s possible to call yourself a Christian and believe all the right things, but not truly be saved. So what’s the difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing him?
Sep
28
2022
Even in Christian circles, the subject of sin tends to get glossed over. But Pastor J.D. explains that the way we think about our sin is a crucial sign of where we stand with God.
Sep
27
2022
Sin is usually an uncomfortable subject. But the way you think about your own sinfulness can actually give you assurance of your salvation!
Sep
26
2022
Usually, our deepest beliefs are based on the things we’ve experienced, not on philosophical reasoning. But is it possible to really experience God if you can’t see him?
Sep
23
2022
The first disciples believed in Jesus because of the miracles they witnessed. But how can we in the 21st century have that same experience and the same level of assurance?
Sep
22
2022
Everyone’s conversion story is different. Some people grew up in church and have always believed. Others had a dramatic conversion later in life. Are both those experiences valid? Or is there a specific formula you need to follow?
Sep
20
2022
Many believers think ministry is a job for pastors and missionaries, not the work of “ordinary Christians.” But there’s no such thing as an “ordinary Christian!”
Sep
19
2022
A healthy relationship with God requires trust. Yet many of us doubt God’s ability to really save us. We feel like we need to earn his forgiveness.
Sep
16
2022
Money is a personal topic, and it’s often considered off-limits in polite conversation. But the Bible doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable issues, and it has a lot to say about finances.
Sep
15
2022
Some of us feel guilty for being wealthy. Others see money as a sign of God’s favor. But what does the Bible really say about our finances?
Sep
14
2022
A lot of people think of missionaries as “super Christians.” But every Christian is called to the mission field—whether it’s across the country or across the street.
Sep
13
2022
Many believers think ministry is a job for pastors and missionaries, not the work of “ordinary Christians.” But there’s no such thing as an “ordinary Christian!”
Sep
12
2022
For many Christians, church is just an event that they attend on weekends. But that’s not what God intended when he designed the church.
Sep
9
2022
Healthy believers will produce the Fruit of the Spirit. But first, you have to be rooted in Christ, and second, you need to have community.
Sep
8
2022
Jesus said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” In this message, we’ll discover how good fruit is produced by a life that’s rooted in Christ."
Sep
7
2022
When was the last time you decided to make a change and become a better person? On this edition of Summit Life, Pastor J.D. describes the only path to genuine transformation.
Sep
6
2022
Many Christians struggle to read the Bible for themselves. Isn’t it enough to just listen to Bible teaching or read a devotional?
Sep
5
2022
We often refer to the first four books of the New Testament as “the gospels.” But from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is all about the gospel.
Sep
2
2022
Our journey with God begins when someone explains the gospel to us. But then the question becomes, “What do I do next?” The answer? Keep going deeper into the gospel.
Sep
1
2022
If you’ve been a believer for a while, you might think you’ve moved beyond the gospel. But the truth is, we never outgrow the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Aug
31
2022
Every Christian knows that prayer is important, but if we’re honest, a lot of us wonder what the point is. If God is in control, and he already knows what we need, then why bother telling him?
Aug
30
2022
How’s your prayer life been lately? For most Americans, it usually consists of just a stock prayer before meals and an S-O-S when you’re in the middle of a crisis.
Aug
26
2022
A lot of us struggle to pray consistently, and we end up only going to God when we’re facing a crisis. So how do we start treating prayer as more than just an emergency hotline?
Aug
25
2022
Even after several days of Pastor J.D.’s teaching on prayer, we might still feel like our prayers aren’t heard by God. He gives one more attempt to meet us where we are.
Aug
24
2022
Have you ever heard the saying, “Prayer doesn’t change God, prayer changes me”? Pastor J.D. is going to challenge that sentiment head-on as he continues the series, ASK.
Aug
23
2022
Pastor J.D. continues walking through the familiar passage of the Lord’s Prayer. He will specifically show us how we can cast our anxiety on God.
Aug
22
2022
Most of us can recite the Lord’s Prayer, but do we really know what we’re praying and how to use it as a guide for all of our prayers?
Aug
19
2022
Pastor J.D. is showing us that’s exactly how we should approach God in prayer -- desperately, boldly, and persistently.
Aug
18
2022
We’re beginning a new series from Pastor J.D. that takes a look at the revolutionary teaching of Jesus regarding prayer.
Aug
17
2022
Time and time again, the Bible gives us examples of how important persistent prayer is. As we finish Jacob's story, we'll look at how God rewarded his persistence, and how that might be exactly what God wants from us, as well.
Aug
16
2022
Through Jacob, we learn that many of the blessings of God are released into our lives only through persistent, unrelenting prayer.
Aug
15
2022
The constant battle of what the heart loves reveals to us our desperate need for prayer. In our own battle, will we be like Lot, captured by the wonders of the world? Or like Abraham, interceding on behalf of the Lots God has placed in our lives?
Aug
12
2022
Jesus said we should pray like children. Children don’t think about how they approach, whether they are using the right words, or whether their parents are pleased with them. They just ask. Astoundingly, that’s the beginning of learning to pray.
Aug
11
2022
We all have days when we feel insufficient. Like we’re not strong enough or smart enough. But the Bible says that in our weakness, God is strong.
Aug
10
2022
Throughout history, people have invented and named mythological gods. But the God of the Bible was not invented by mankind. And unlike Zeus or Thor, he chose his own name.
Aug
9
2022
If there’s one aspect of God’s character that most people wish they could erase from the Bible, it’s the wrath of God. But God’s wrath isn’t something we should resent. His wrath should cause us to rejoice.
Aug
8
2022
Most of us have never taken scissors to our Bibles, but in our minds, we often cut out the uncomfortable passages about God’s wrath. But the wrath of God isn’t a demeaning doctrine to be ignored. It’s a glorious reality!
Aug
5
2022
Everyone likes hearing about God’s love. It stirs up warm sentimental feelings and makes us feel good about ourselves. But Pastor J.D. explains that God’s love has nothing to do with our worthiness.
Aug
4
2022
Everyone wants to feel loved and cherished. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we don’t deserve unconditional love. So why does God pursue us anyway?
Aug
3
2022
Knowing someone’s name is an important part of your relationship with them. So Pastor J.D. is helping us know God personally by knowing his name.
Aug
2
2022
If you really want to know God, you have to know everything about him, not just the parts we find appealing. So on this edition of Summit Life, we’re gaining a bigger view of God.
Aug
1
2022
What is the presence of God like? Does he give us a warm fuzzy feeling? Or an emotional worship encounter? For something we all want to experience, why can God’s presence seem so elusive?
Jul
29
2022
Some people think God set the world in motion and then stepped away. Others think he’s an impersonal force. But Pastor J.D. describes how we can know God personally.
Jul
28
2022
As Pastor J.D. concludes our study in the book of Hebrews, we’re looking at how the power of the gospel connects to real-life—in our work, our marriages, our finances, and our churches.
Jul
27
2022
The gospel is the power for the Christian life. And like a lamp, you can’t shine for Jesus unless you’re plugged in! But what does that “plugging in” look like on a practical level?
Jul
26
2022
Everyone wants to be comfortable and safe from the unknown, but that’s not always God’s plan. And even when it’s scary, God always knows best!
Jul
25
2022
If there’s one thing people want, it’s security. But we’re looking in all the wrong places! True peace of mind isn’t found in burglar alarms or home insurance.
Jul
22
2022
From day one, Christians worldwide have faced physical and intellectual attacks. So in a world that’s opposed to everything we believe, how can we stand strong?
Jul
21
2022
When a prayer goes unanswered, or you just don’t feel that connected to God, faith can be hard to come by! But throughout our study of Hebrews, we’re finding that there are reasons to believe!
Jul
20
2022
It’s not hard to say you trust God until trusting him becomes a matter of life and death. But as we’ll discover, faith is always a matter of life and death—whether we realize it or not!
Jul
19
2022
It’s really not hard to be a cultural Christian in America! But claiming to be a Christian doesn’t really require faith. So what’s the difference between mere belief and saving faith?
Jul
18
2022
All of us have made mistakes that haunt us. And whether we embrace our sins or try to hide them, apart from Christ, we’re all slaves to them. But there is hope!
Jul
15
2022
All of the Old Testament points to Jesus. On this edition of Summit Life, we’re seeing shadows of the gospel in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Jul
14
2022
If you’ve been in church for any length of time, you’ve probably known people who you thought were genuinely saved, but then they turned away from God completely. How does that happen?
Jul
13
2022
Once you’ve been saved, you’re secure forever. You can’t ever lose that salvation. Or can you? Pastor J.D. challenges each of us to evaluate where we stand with God.
Jul
11
2022
On this edition of Summit Life, we’re studying a mysterious Old Testament figure named Melchizedek, who provides an important picture of Jesus’ role as High Priest and King.
Jul
8
2022
Most of us are running so hard after success, that we miss out on God’s best for us! That’s the danger of busyness.
Jul
7
2022
Everyone feels the pressure to work harder and longer so they can get the next raise and be successful. But all that busyness takes a toll on our spiritual lives.
Jul
6
2022
What fears control you? Is it fear of missing out? Or fear of pain, loneliness, or rejection? J.D. Greear describes how you can be freed from all of that.
Jul
5
2022
The gospel flips the script of religion and frees us from every fear and every chain. It’s the difference between Christianity and every other religion!
Jul
1
2022
Imagine the best thing that could ever happen to you. Christ is better! In fact, Christ is better than anything this world has to offer.
Jun
30
2022
We’re looking at a collection of stories from Judges, Chapters 17 to 21–accounts that reveal the tragic outcome when a society turns its back on God’s leading.
Jun
29
2022
This message looks at the final chapters of the book of Judges. It’s a time when the Israelites turned their backs on God’s leading. They still acknowledged him with their lips, but they’d become, in essence, a nation of atheists.
Jun
28
2022
Just like Samson, we’ve all fallen into the trap of our own desires. So what’s the answer?
Jun
27
2022
Pastor J.D. reveals that your own heart is usually your worst enemy. This message is the third part of a four-part message on the life of Samson.
Jun
24
2022
Today, we’re continuing our study called “Broken Saviors.” As we come to the end of Judges later this week, we’ll find out that the entire book is just one portion of a much bigger story.
Jun
23
2022
During this message, Pastor J.D. invites us to look at one of the most familiar characters in the Old Testament. His life teaches us that God can accomplish amazing things through ordinary people--when they submit to his leadership.
Jun
22
2022
Man is incapable of constructing, or living up to, the true Gospel. In fact, left to our own devices we tend to twist and misconstrue what God designed as perfect.
Jun
21
2022
In this message, we’ll see how over and over again, God’s people substituted his plan for their own, with tragic consequences.
Jun
20
2022
Beginning in Judges Chapter 8, we see how Gideon’s victory as a warrior began to inflate his ego. Rather than giving glory to God, he chose to act like a king who deserved special treatment. In a real sense, Gideon manufactured his own “broken savior.”
Jun
16
2022
Behind every hero in the Bible, we see a God who remains faithful even though our heroes--and let’s admit it--we are often faithless. Good news for those of us who feel unworthy--thankfully God is the one who gives us value!
Jun
15
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us how God can use anyone to accomplish his plan even when we feel stretched and afraid!
Jun
14
2022
When God transforms our generation, he’ll use ordinary men and women just like Gideon; those who are willing to step up and take the lead.
Jun
13
2022
Today we look at the story of Gideon--one of God’s mighty warriors of the Old Testament--and we see that even he had doubts and struggles as he considered the mantle of leadership being handed to him by God.
Jun
10
2022
Pastor J.D. invites us to follow along as he teaches from the book of Judges, Chapters 4 and 5, as he shares five key points that will apply to both men and women in leadership.
Jun
9
2022
When God inspires a woman to step forward and give leadership in ministry, how can the church help her become all God intended?
Jun
8
2022
When we suffer, we look for any means possible to escape. But according to Scripture, sometimes God uses our pain to draw us back to him.
Jun
7
2022
Through the Isrealites’ example, we’ll discover how to overcome our fears and choose faith instead.
Jun
6
2022
Pastor J.D. explains how we can find power and freedom in following Christ.
Jun
3
2022
On today’s program, we’re launching a new study in the book of Judges called “Broken Saviors.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll discover that we’re a lot like the Israelites who let their fear get in the way of their progress.
Jun
2
2022
Do you know any “zombie Christians,” who look and act like they’re saved but are only going through the motions? Pastor J.D. explains the vital signs that reveal whether or not you’ve been born again.
Jun
1
2022
Christians might be “in the world” and not “of it,” but we’re still impacted by our consumerist culture! But what works in the marketplace doesn’t work in the church.
May
31
2022
What does the Bible mean when it says believers are dead to sin? Does it mean that Christians never mess up?
May
30
2022
If you ask someone when they became a Christian, they’d probably point to a moment where they prayed “the sinners prayer!” But is praying a certain prayer really a magic ticket into heaven?
May
27
2022
Have you ever tried negotiating with God? “Oh God, if you just give me this one thing, then I’ll do this or that for you?” Pastor J.D. points out the absurdity of that kind of bargaining because God doesn’t need anything from us in the first place!
May
26
2022
As we dive into a brand new study called, Phantom Faith, Pastor J.D. explains the difference between true, saving faith and just going through the motions.
May
25
2022
Paul shows us in Ephesians 5 that marriage is a divine mystery that points us to something higher - and that is Christ and the Church.
May
24
2022
Today, we’ll look to Ephesians 5 for clarity and direction on intimacy in relationships. Actually, sex is one of the few topics that’s addressed in almost every book of the Bible.
May
23
2022
If we’re honest, a lot of us would admit that the biblical view of marriage seems pretty outdated and patriarchal. Pastor J.D. is talking about what it actually means for a husband to lead.
May
20
2022
Today we’re jumping into the delicate and controversial subject of the biblical roles of husbands and wives. Whether you’re single, married, divorced, or widowed, you’ll wanna listen!
May
19
2022
“Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us.” Pastor J.D. gives us practical wisdom for how our words can be grace-saturated during conflict.
May
18
2022
Pastor J.D. encourages us to mind the smoke detectors of anger and bitterness before they turn into fires in our relationships.
May
17
2022
To live happily ever after doesn’t mean you never fight with your spouse. Good couples have learned to fight fairly.
May
16
2022
For many people, our views on love and relationships are shaped by the songs we listen to and the movies we watch. But there’s only one relationship model we should care about, and it doesn’t come from Hollywood!
May
13
2022
If you were to ask most couples why they got married, they would probably say something about making each other happy. But Pastor J.D. reveals one of the most forgotten and important elements of marriage.
May
12
2022
What if every time you saw your spouse, or your friends, or your parents, or boss or your employees, you had a thought, that if obeyed, would change every relationship?
May
11
2022
At the end of the day, the interests of others are almost always secondary to our own. Pastor J.D. shows us just how important the interests are of those we love!
May
10
2022
What are you looking for when you yearn for love and romance? Pastor J.D. looks at our expectations in marriage and God’s plan for singleness.
May
9
2022
Our culture often acts like romantic love is the pinnacle of human existence. But, is that really the case? Pastor J.D. gives us a balanced, biblical view of marriage and singleness.
May
6
2022
As we begin a series called "First Love," we’re getting a biblical perspective on the purpose of marriage and singleness. It’s a drastic shift from what our culture usually portrays!
May
5
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us that distraction and the feeling of being overwhelmed and hurried often comes from being terribly out of fellowship with Jesus.
May
4
2022
It’s safe to say that our society deals with more distractions than any previous society in history. Most of us feel like we are constantly pulled in different directions. Today, Pastor J.D. talks about being a distracted people who need focus.
May
3
2022
You know, Jesus promised that for all who came to him, he would give them rest. But in today’s society, where overworking is the new norm, most of us hear Jesus’ invitation as wishful thinking.
May
2
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us that those most mature in Jesus are not those working hardest for him but those resting most in him.
Apr
29
2022
All throughout his ministry, Jesus explained that if your heart is in the right posture, and you have ears to hear, then the truth about him will be evident.
Apr
28
2022
We feel like we’ve learned from the past and look down on the actions of previous generations. But what’s different about our hearts?
Apr
27
2022
Are you a sheep or a goat? Are you a lukewarm person? We all struggle with seasons where we are lukewarm, where we are striving to maintain a commitment to Christ but we falter.
Apr
26
2022
Today, Pastor J.D. shares another one of Jesus’ parables. And this one is going to show us what it looks like to be a Christian in today’s world.
Apr
25
2022
Friday, Pastor J.D. covered the first two signs that you might be in a contract relationship with God. And today he’s going to present three more in order for us to see that we must get rid of our contract and embrace the goodness and grace of God!
Apr
22
2022
Pastor J.D. teaches about the dangers of believing God owes us something and wanting him to give us what we deserve.
Apr
21
2022
Have you had an encounter with God that you would describe like finding a hidden treasure? Like finding a treasure that brought you so much joy that you gladly left everything else to possess it?
Apr
20
2022
Jesus once told a story about two men - both of them come across something of such value that it makes everything else in their lives look worthless by comparison.
Apr
19
2022
In the parables, Jesus reveals the beauty of the gospel, but only for those whose heart is in a posture to perceive it—only for those who truly listen.
Apr
18
2022
Today Pastor J.D. begins teaching through the parables of Jesus, stories so simple a child can understand them, yet so profound that we can never exhaust their wealth of wisdom!
Apr
15
2022
Every message in this series, Pastor J.D. has shown us how Matthew places people in the story of Jesus that give us possible ways we might respond. Which ones describe you?
Apr
14
2022
We have arrived at the joy of the resurrection in our series titled, Instead of Me. This has been a heavy series, but today we find Jesus alive! And he’s not just alive, he’s alive for me!
Apr
13
2022
If you had been present during Jesus’ crucifixion, how would you have responded? Pastor J.D. is going to walk us through four characters to give us pictures of how we might have responded then and how we can still respond to Jesus today.
Apr
12
2022
Pastor J.D. will help us see how the responses of the people surrounding the events of Jesus’ crucifixion give us pictures of how we respond to Jesus.
Apr
11
2022
The events surrounding the trial of Jesus are recorded to show us that we are the ones who are actually on trial. These stories should make us consider how we are responding to Jesus.
Apr
8
2022
We are marching toward the cross in our series titled, Instead of Me. Our prayer during this series is that you will see these days that led up to Jesus’ death with fresh eyes.
Apr
7
2022
Have you ever thought that the cross must have been a scary place? Even for Jesus? But he went, when he could have fled, for us.
Apr
6
2022
Jesus was well accustomed to getting a clear response from God when he prayed. But there was once where God was completely silent.
Apr
5
2022
Judas betrayed Jesus for only 30 pieces of silver, but Jesus told the disciples that they would all fall away, sending a message that all of us, even at our very best, still fall short and need a Savior.
Apr
4
2022
By looking at the way Jesus’ friends and enemies responded to him during his final hours, we will see how we, also, respond to Jesus’ shocking, upside-down, precious sacrifice.
Apr
1
2022
Pastor J.D. addresses some of the obstacles and excuses to show us how our careers and even our dinner tables are a place to practically serve others.
Mar
31
2022
Do you ever wonder, sometimes, if anything about your life matters? Jesus used the occasion of a banquet, a party, to teach people about his Kingdom and our significance and role in it.
Mar
30
2022
It’s good news when Jesus tells us to “come to the table.” It’s an invitation to you!
Mar
29
2022
Meal time was just as important to the life of Jesus as it is in our lives today. Pastor J.D. dives into Luke 14 in our new series called Come to the Table.
Mar
28
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us how these final chapters of the book teach that in Christ, the suffering here on earth is limited, the resurrection is eternal, and the power of God is available to all who believe in him.
Mar
25
2022
As we live in the in-between, Daniel encourages us that though things are dark—and they are likely only to get darker—we don’t despair. It’s all part of the plan.
Mar
24
2022
Have you ever wondered how prayer works? Of course, we won’t ever have all the details, but Daniel, Chapter 9 gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how prayer works and demonstrates why prayer is so important.
Mar
23
2022
In Daniel 9, we not only see five principles that make for effective prayer; we also get a one-of-a-kind glimpse into what happens in heaven as we pray.
Mar
22
2022
As Pastor J.D. moves into the prophetic portion of the book of Daniel, he shows us how it’s Daniel’s prophecy about the future that makes the difference an outlook between peace and stress.
Mar
21
2022
What God says to Daniel he says to believers in every generation: If you are going to faithfully shine in the present, you need to have a crystal clear vision of the future. There’s two ways to look at the future--a stress-producing way and a peace-producing one.
Mar
18
2022
What was it that gave Daniel so much courage in the lion’s den? Is there a way to have that same courage in our own lives?
Mar
17
2022
As much as we make of Daniel’s night with the lions, his courage was actually forged long before that fateful night. Courage is not summoned in a moment; courage is developed through a lifetime.
Mar
16
2022
Have you heard the phrase “The writing is on the wall?” It usually means that something bad is about to happen; that your fate has been sealed. That phrase actually comes from Daniel, Chapter 5.
Mar
15
2022
Today on Summit Life, we come to another story of God taking down a prideful, rebellious, selfish king. We’re going to see that this problem is much bigger than just one king.
Mar
14
2022
In this message, we’ll take a look at what God has to say about pride’s fruits and pride’s cure. It’s something we all need from time to time, so let’s dig in.
Mar
11
2022
Just when we think we’ve nailed it, pride creeps in and can destroy us. Just ask the character in our teaching. He learned some pretty serious lessons about the sin of pride and its consequences.
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