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Jul
30
2020
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, because Pastor J.D. is explaining the true purpose of prayer.  It’s part of our series called START, getting back to the foundations of our faith.
Jul
29
2020
What is prayer at its most basic level? Is it a wish list that we send up to the genie in the sky, a way to unleash the power of positive thinking, or a ritual we have to go through to gain God’s favor? Or is it just a waste of time, telling God things he already knows? Fortunately, prayer isn’t any of those things! Pastor J.D. takes a fresh look at the basics of our faith as he continues our series called, START.
Jul
28
2020
If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you probably know that the Bible is important. And yet, many of us struggle to read it on a regular basis. And when we do read it, we have trouble staying interested. Why is that? And how can we start to want to read the Bible? That’s our subject as Pastor J.D. continues our study called, START.  
Jul
27
2020
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? That’s our subject as Pastor J.D. continues our series called, START.
Jul
24
2020
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 as a kid? How can we know if we’ve done the right ritual or if we were sincere enough? Pastor J.D. answers those questions as he continues our new series called, START. 
Jul
23
2020
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! 
Jul
22
2020
In our series called Everyday Theology, we’ve been focusing on the book of Titus. But Pastor J.D. concludes this study by turning to another book: the New Testament epistle of Philemon. This short letter contains a little-read story of a runaway slave and the power of the gospel. 
Jul
21
2020
Pastor J.D. often says that the gospel isn’t just a philosophy we believe; it’s the power for the Christian life. And as we continue our series called Everyday Theology, we’re looking at a picture of the gospel at work in the lives of two first-century believers who couldn’t be more different. It’s a fascinating account that shows that the gospel is for everyone.  
Jul
20
2020
For those who have been attending church for a while, phrases like “resurrection,” “salvation,” and “born again” can become kind of worn out, and we can lose sight of how incredible they really are. As he continues our series called Everyday Theology, Pastor J.D. calls us to take a fresh look at the glory of the gospel.
Jul
17
2020
When we talk about the gospel, everyone wants to get to the part about God’s love and forgiveness. It’s a lot more pleasant than the parts about being dead in our sin and enemies of God. But Pastor J.D. reveals that without the bad news of sin, the good news wouldn’t be good! It’s part of our study in Titus called Everyday Theology.
Jul
16
2020
When you’re coaching a team, one of your main jobs is to ensure that everyone knows their role. If players aren’t clear on their position, then the game is going to end in total chaos. And the same is true in our spiritual lives. As we continue our study called Everyday Theology, Pastor J.D. is digging into the book of Titus to help us understand our roles as believers.
Jul
15
2020
When most people think of theology, they usually picture a seminary professor lecturing about obscure terms like dispensationalism, hypostatic union, or substitutionary atonement. It doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that “normal” Christians need to know. But as he continues our study in Titus, Pastor J.D. explains that good theology is essential in our everyday lives. It’s not about knowing fancy terminology; it’s about knowing the gospel.
Jul
14
2020
Back in the earlier part of the 20th century, most Americans would go to church on a regular basis, even if they weren’t really saved. But 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? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our study in Titus called Everyday Theology.
Jul
13
2020
Theology isn’t just about learning a lot of impressive terminology. Good, biblical theology is practical, and changes the way we interact with the world. In our new study of Titus called, Everyday Theology, we’re discovering how to develop a theology for everyday life.
Jul
10
2020
No matter how much you love your life, we all fall into patterns and become bored. In the rush of punching the clock, getting the kids to soccer, and getting dinner on the table, we find ourselves hungry for a bigger destiny. Pastor J.D. is describing the only thing that can fill that desire as he concludes our study in Psalms called Question Everything.
Jul
9
2020
Everyone wants to feel that their life has a bigger purpose. We try to find meaning in our careers, our families, charity work, or special talents. But at the end of the day, none of that is going to last into eternity. So where is true meaning found? Pastor J.D. explains how to start living out your ultimate purpose as he continues our series, Question Everything. 
Jul
8
2020
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? Or is it okay to tell God how we really feel, to express our anger, hurt, and confusion? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our study in Psalms called, Question Everything.
Jul
7
2020
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, unfulfilled dreams, and many other deeply painful struggles. Will it ever get better?  Pastor J.D. deals with that question as he continues our study in Psalms called, Question Everything.
Jul
6
2020
The German writer Franz Kafka once said that life is like a never-ending trial in which you are the defendant, and no one will tell you what you’re accused of. 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? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our study in Psalms titled, Question Everything.  
Jul
3
2020
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? Why don’t our actions fit our ideals? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our study in Psalms called, Question Everything.
Jul
2
2020
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. As he continues our study in Psalms called Question Everything, Pastor J.D. describes the solution.
Jul
1
2020
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?” 
Jun
30
2020
In Mark 13, while talking about his second coming, Jesus claimed, “But concerning that day, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” But is it possible for Jesus to be God and not know everything God the Father knows? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he concludes our powerful series, The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.
Jun
29
2020
When it comes to end-time prophecy, there are some Christians who look at their view as absolutely essential doctrine and spend tons of time trying to map out the last days with charts and graphs. Others see that as a waste of time and prefer to focus on the here and now. So which approach is correct?  Pastor J.D. answers that question today as he continues our series, The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.
Jun
26
2020
In Luke 10:17-20, Jesus told his followers, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” What exactly did Jesus mean by that promise? Was he implying that Christians can never be harmed? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our series, The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.
Jun
25
2020
When many of us picture Satan, we think of a cartoon character with little red horns and a pitchfork. But is he really just a figment of Hollywood’s imagination, or is Satan alive and active in our world today? Pastor J.D. dives into Scripture to answer that question as he continues our series, The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.
Jun
24
2020
Have you ever been in a fight with someone, and they quoted back something you said, but completely out of context? It’s incredibly frustrating to have your words twisted. And on this edition of Summit Life, Pastor J.D. explains that many of us do that to Jesus without even knowing it. It’s part of our series called, The Difficult Saying of Jesus.
Jun
23
2020
A lot of people use Matthew 7:1 to argue that we should never tell anyone that they’re sinning. In fact, if you’ve ever gotten into a debate about morality or challenged a friend about a sin they were dealing with, there’s a good chance they brought up this verse. But is that what Jesus really meant when he told us not to judge others?
Jun
22
2020
In our culture, it’s a common belief that every religion leads to God, as long as you’re sincere. It seems like a kind, accepting worldview, and even some supposedly Christian churches have started teaching it. But that’s not what Jesus taught! Pastor J.D. brings some biblical perspective on what Jesus actually said about salvation.
Jun
19
2020
For the most part, everyone likes the Jesus of Christmas, who brings peace on earth and goodwill to men. And they usually like the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount, who urges us to love one another and turn the other cheek. But uncontroversial people don’t get crucified. On this edition of Summit Life, we’re unpacking more of the Difficult Sayings of Jesus.  
Jun
18
2020
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. Pastor J.D. breaks this scene down moment by moment, and explains how it reveals God’s love for you. It’s part of our series called, The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.
Jun
17
2020
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. Pastor J.D. reminds us of the incredible truth that Jesus knows exactly how that feels. It’s part of our series called The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.
Jun
16
2020
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 us. Pastor J.D. describes what it really takes to go from spiritual death to eternal life as he continues our series called The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.
Jun
15
2020
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. A lot of us picture Jesus in a flowing white robe with a purple sash, carrying around a lamb on his shoulder, and smiling sadly. But as we’ll discover, the true Jesus is so much more exciting! 
Jun
12
2020
The Bible says, “How can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” When you hear that, does it give you any urgency about sharing the gospel with people in your community and around the world? 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.
Jun
11
2020
If Christians really believe we know the only way to salvation, then what are we doing to share that knowledge with the rest of the world? 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. Are you ready to say “yes” to whatever God asks you to do?
Jun
10
2020
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.
Jun
9
2020
Have you ever wondered if you’ve done enough to be saved? Did you say the prayer right? Are you sorry enough to be forgiven? 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. When we believe in our heart and confess that Jesus is Lord, then that will always be enough.
Jun
8
2020
Do God’s ways often seem confusing to you? J. Oswald Sanders said, “What will amaze us as we look backwards from eternity is not the severity of God’s justice but the greatness of his mercy.” Pastor J.D. continues in today’s message 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.
Jun
5
2020
It’s a question people have struggled with throughout the ages: If God is merciful, then why does he choose to save some and not others? 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 of his mercy with the least likely.
Jun
4
2020
When we’re going through suffering, it’s hard to imagine how God might be working it out for good. 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 go through suffering, we have the assurance of being called, justified, and glorified—and that makes us more than conquerors.
Jun
3
2020
You’ve probably heard and repeated the verse that states, “... in all these things we are more than conquerors ...” But do you really know what it means to be more than a conqueror? How is that even possible? 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.
Jun
2
2020
Are you going through a season of suffering? There are a lot of untruths we believe as Christians about why we experience suffering. 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.
Jun
1
2020
In your darkest hour, have you ever been able to sing, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father ... Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine with ten thousand beside ...”? Seems impossible, doesn’t it? In this message, 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.
May
29
2020
Many scholars consider Romans 8 the greatest chapter in the Bible, and many Christians suffering around the world would agree. 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. That assurance is hope for every Christian who must ask, “If following Jesus leads only to suffering in this life, is he worth it?”
May
28
2020
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, and it’s easy to be confused. In this message, Pastor J.D. teaches from Romans 8 about why the Holy Spirit is necessary, where he leads us, and how he gives us assurance that we are not slaves who need to be afraid but sons and daughters who stand secure in God’s love.
May
27
2020
What if the worst effect of sin was not how it hurt you or someone else but how it cut you off from the Holy Spirit? In today’s message, Pastor J.D. continues to walk through Romans 8 and shows us how the amount of spiritual power in our lives is tied to how much we have surrendered to the Holy Spirit. When there is total surrender to God’s Spirit, we’re free to walk in righteousness and resurrection power.
May
26
2020
If some part of your life feels dead because of the effects of sin, then you need to hear today that 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, to show us how surrendering to the Holy Spirit and committing to walk in step with him sets us free from pretending like everything’s okay and gives us power to change and move forward.
May
25
2020
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 falls in desperation on God’s mercy? In this message, Pastor J.D. continues in Romans 7, where Paul outlines his personal struggle with sin. We’ll see how acknowledging the battle with sin and our ultimate victory over it doesn’t just change how we view the fight. It also changes how we view grace.
May
22
2020
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. In today’s message from Romans 7, Pastor J.D. looks at the battle within every Christian and how knowing you have ultimate victory should change your outlook in the fight.
May
21
2020
Have you ever wondered why, even though you made Jesus Lord of your life, you keep on sinning? It’s a question every believer asks at some point, and it’s a struggle the Apostle Paul understood firsthand. Pastor J.D. continues to show us in this message from Romans 6 how we get the power to live up to our new identity in Christ and how, when we give ourselves to Jesus, we experience eternal life now.
May
20
2020
Every follower of Jesus will ask at some point in their lives, “If Jesus is Lord of my life, then why do I keep on sinning?” In today’s message 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. If we want the power to change, then we need to start by changing how we see ourselves–from dead in sin to alive in Christ Jesus.
May
19
2020
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. Pastor J.D. shows us in today’s message from Romans 6 that, because we have the testimony of Paul and so many others, we see that Jesus is who he said he was. And, when we accept that, we find that the resurrection doesn’t just change minds about Jesus. The resurrection changes lives.  
May
18
2020
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. The resurrection is about new power in your life to defeat every stronghold and make you doubt your doubts. The resurrection changes everything!
May
15
2020
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? Pastor J.D. is answering those questions and arming us for the fight against sin as he concludes our study in First Peter called, I Am an Alien.  
May
14
2020
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. But sometimes, our suffering comes from obeying God! Why would God allow us to suffer for doing what’s right? We’re diving into scripture to find the answer as we continue our series called, I Am an Alien.
May
13
2020
Deep down, a lot of people believe the biblical view of submission in marriage is   outdated and patriarchal. But God’s principles for marriage transcend our cultural norms. As Pastor J.D. continues our series called I Am an Alien, he’s joined by his wife, Veronica, to discuss the interconnected roles of marriage and the gospel.  
May
12
2020
A quick look at the divorce statistics in the U.S. will make it abundantly clear that, 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? Pastor J.D. answers that question as we look at First Peter 3:1-7. It’s part of our series called, I Am an Alien.
May
11
2020
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, and particularly the roles of husbands and wives. It’s an important perspective shift no matter what your relationship status might be, and it’s part of our study in First Peter called, I Am an Alien.
May
8
2020
In America today, Christians aren’t facing torture or death for speaking the truth. But 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? What if we’re shunned by our family or fired from our job because we held to our convictions? Pastor J.D. describes the biblical response to persecution as he continues our series, I Am an Alien.
May
7
2020
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 morally corrupt? What if they’re mistreating you or denying you justice? Pastor J.D. deals with these sticky questions as he continues our series, I Am an Alien.
May
6
2020
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? What does it look like, practically, to live as a citizen of heaven? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our series, I Am an Alien.
May
5
2020
In our series called, I Am an Alien, Pastor J.D. has been explaining that, 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? How does that calling affect our everyday lives?
May
4
2020
When you’re a kid, there are several big milestones you usually look forward to hitting as you grow up, like getting your driver’s license, graduating high school, and moving out of your parents’ house. But in our spiritual lives, it can be harder to judge whether or not we’re “growing up.” As he continues our series called I Am an Alien, Pastor J.D. describes the marks of a maturing believer.
May
1
2020
From midnight feedings to carefully buckled car seats, it takes a lot of work to keep a newborn healthy! As cute as they are, it’s a bit of a relief when they start getting older and can manage some of those tasks on their own. And the Bible talks about our spiritual lives in similar terms. As he continues our series in First Peter, I Am an Alien, Pastor J.D. challenges us to Grow Up in our faith.    
Apr
30
2020
Have you ever noticed how little kids will pick up a new word without really understanding the nuances? If we’re honest, a lot of grownups still do the same thing with “churchy words” like holiness. We throw it around all the time, and most of us have a vague idea of what it means, but do we really understand the implications of calling God holy? Pastor J.D. clears up any confusion as he continues our series called, I Am an Alien.    
Apr
29
2020
When a soldier is in an active warzone, they’re not going to be getting distracted or daydreaming. They’re going to be on high alert, every thought focused on the battle at hand. And as Christians, we’re constantly engaged in spiritual warfare. So how do we train our minds for the battlefield? Pastor J.D. answers that question as continues our study in the book of First Peter called, I Am an Alien.
Apr
28
2020
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 the case at all! In fact, Jesus himself wept bitterly on multiple occasions. Pastor J.D. describes the biblical response to suffering as he continues our study in First Peter called, I Am an Alien.
Apr
27
2020
A lot of people come to Jesus with the expectation that he will make their life better. They know things won’t be perfect, but they still expect some improvements: a happier family, financial stability, and a “help line” when things get sticky. But the Bible never promised us an easy life! In fact, Jesus said that in this world, we will have trouble. So where does our hope come from when life gets hard? Pastor J.D answers that question as he continues our series, I Am an Alien.  
Apr
24
2020
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.  
Apr
23
2020
As we conclude our powerful series in 1 John 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! Pastor J.D. has described several tests that give us assurance, and the final test of salvation is our love for others.  
Apr
22
2020
We tend to use the word “love” pretty loosely in our culture. It can refer to your feelings about your pets, your spouse, or your favorite food! Obviously, those are not the same kind of love. So what does the Bible mean when it talks about loving your neighbor? Pastor J.D. unpacks that question today as he continues our series in 1 John called Assured.
Apr
21
2020
When most people think of idolatry, they picture a temple with little golden statues. But Pastor J.D. explains that idolatry is a much broader term. While worshiping a statue is certainly a form of idolatry, it’s not the only kind! Pastor J.D. is continuing our series titled, Assured.
Apr
20
2020
In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus makes it clear that it’s possible to call yourself a Christian, believe all the right things, but still not truly be saved. Even more than that, Jesus even says that it’s possible to prophecy, cast out demons, and do mighty works in his name without even truly knowing him. So how can we tell where we stand? What’s the difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing him? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our series called Assured.  
Apr
17
2020
Sin isn’t a very popular subject. No one likes being reminded of their failures, and even in Christian circles, the subject of sin tends to get glossed over. It’s easier to ask for prayer for an illness or a job situation than it is to admit your deepest struggles. But Pastor J.D. explains that the way we think about and deal with our sin is a crucial sign of where we stand with God. This message is part of our series in 1 John called, Assured.  
Apr
16
2020
As we continue our series in the book of 1 John called, Assured, Pastor J.D. is talking about an often-uncomfortable subject: sin.   He’s revealing that the way we think about our own sinfulness can be proof of our standing with God and can give us assurance of our salvation.  
Apr
15
2020
The deepest-held beliefs in your life are probably not things that have been proven to you through philosophic reasoning. Usually, our deepest beliefs are based on the things we’ve experienced in our own lives. We believe them because we’ve seen, heard, or felt them. But we can’t see God. Is it even possible to know him beyond just an intellectual knowledge? Can we ever really experience him? Pastor J.D. argues that we can. And he’ll explain how as he continues our series called, Assured.
Apr
14
2020
The first disciples believed in Jesus because of the miracles they witnessed: the healing of the sick and blind, the calming of storms, and the resurrection. But now that Jesus has returned to heaven, how can we have that same experience and the same assurance that those first disciples had? We’ll discover the answer as Pastor J.D. continues our new series titled, Assured.    
Apr
13
2020
If you ask a dozen people at your church how they got saved, you’ll probably get a dozen different answers. Some probably grew up in church and have always believed in God. Others might have prayed a prayer in Sunday school or at a youth camp. Still others might have had a dramatic conversion later in life. Are all those experiences valid? Or is there a certain formula you have to follow to truly be saved? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our series called, Assured.  
Apr
10
2020
Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to lose your salvation? Or why some people who seem to be saved later walk away from God? Those are the questions we’ll be looking at over the next two weeks in our new series called Assured. We’ll discover the freedom and power that comes from being secure in Christ.  
Apr
9
2020
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. Others think it means you go to church. Still others just think it means that you believe in God.   So what’s really the defining factor? Pastor J.D. brings some clarity on this issue and defines what it truly means to be a follower of Christ. It’s the final message in our series called, In Earth as it Is in Heaven.
Apr
8
2020
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. But is that really all it takes to be a “follower of Christ?” Pastor J.D. challenges us to reevaluate what we really mean by the term “Christian”.   It’s part of our series called, In Earth as it Is in Heaven.
Apr
7
2020
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? Pastor J.D. suggests that Jesus had a deeper message and a bigger purpose in mind when he told this story. It’s part of our series called In Earth as it Is in Heaven. Download the Margin Auditing Tool that Pastor J.D. referenced in this message.  
Apr
6
2020
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. Pastor J.D. is unpacking the story of the Good Samaritan. He’s getting right to the heart of the difference between works-based religion, and the gospel of Christ. We’re discovering why religion and good works are never enough to save us.    
Apr
3
2020
What are the core components of the gospel centered life? As we wrap up this study on King David, J.D. Greear finds the answer by looking at David’s end-of-life legacy, and the way in which he responded to God’s judgment and mercy by pointing to an even greater King who was yet to come.  
Apr
2
2020
David may have been a man after God’s own heart, but he also made some terrible mistakes. In this message, we’re studying 1 Chronicles 29:10-22 to discover how David’s response to his most devastating sin is a crucial part of what makes him a great example for our lives. It’s part of our series called, Search for a King.
Apr
1
2020
The Bible records two different versions of the end of David’s life: One in 2 Samuel, and one in 1 Chronicles. One version focuses on David’s failures and lack of faith, while the other reveals God’s redemptive power. And both of them point ahead to the coming Savior! That’s our subject as we continue our series called Search for a King.  
Mar
31
2020
Why would a census from a king, known as a “man after God’s own heart,” incite divine wrath? In this message, Pastor J.D. teaches from one of the most perplexing stories in the Old Testament, a story that occurred near the end of David’s incredible life. It’s part of our series called, Search for a King.
Mar
30
2020
According to Romans 8, there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. So why do believers still face consequences for sin?   Pastor J.D. answers that question as we look at the tragic story of King David, who lost his family and kingdom through a single night of lust. But thankfully, that’s not where his story ends!
Mar
27
2020
We know that because of the cross, our sins are forgiven, and when we surrender to Jesus, there’s no condemnation left for us! Jesus took all God’s wrath. And yet, sin still has consequences in this life. Why is that, and how should we respond? Pastor J.D. answers those questions as he continues our study in the book of Second Samuel. We’re looking at the tragic results of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the hope of the gospel that shines through it all.  
Mar
26
2020
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. And most of us will admit that we often respond the same way when our sins come to light. But Pastor J.D. explains that for true repentance and healing to happen, we can’t keep ignoring or excusing our sin. On this edition of Summit Life, we’re looking at a Psalm that King David wrote after he was caught in sexual sin, and we’re learning the steps to biblical repentance.  
Mar
25
2020
When you’ve messed up big time and done something that you can’t take back, how do you move forward? What’s the next step? Pastor J.D. shows us how King David responded when he was called out on his sin with Bathsheba, and we’re discovering the steps to true, biblical repentance. It’s part of our series in 2 Samuel called Search for a King.
Mar
24
2020
In our study of King David called Search for a King, we’re dealing with the uncomfortable but important topic of sexual sin. If there’s one area where almost everyone has regrets, it’s this one. But even in the midst of David’s greatest failure, God was painting a picture of the coming Savior. Pastor J.D. is teaching from 2 Samuel 11.
Mar
23
2020
King David is one of the greatest Old Testament heroes. He’s known as a man after God’s own heart, the one who defeated Goliath and saved Israel. But even he wasn’t perfect. In fact, he messed up big time! And as we learn about his greatest failure, we’ll discover the importance of fleeing from sexual sin.
Mar
20
2020
How much do you have to give to please God? Is an hour of your Sunday morning enough or ten percent of your income? What if you went into full time missions and gave away everything but the clothes on your back? Would that be enough? As Pastor J.D. leads us through the story of King David, he explains that it’s not about what we do for God, but what God does for us. And our service to him flows out of that!
Mar
19
2020
What do we have to do to be good enough for God? Some think it’s enough to just live a decent life and not hurt other people. Others think they have to give everything away, and they constantly worry if they’ve done enough! On this edition of Summit Life, Pastor J.D. brings clarity on this issue, as he explains what God really wants from us. It’s part of our study in the book of 2 Samuel called Search for a King.
Mar
18
2020
If you visit a few different churches, you’ll probably notice several kinds of worshipers. Some people sing in solemn reverence, while others raise their hands, dance, or maybe even fall to their knees. Is one way better and more pleasing to God than the other? Pastor J.D. addresses that question as he continues our study of King David titled, Search for a King.
Mar
17
2020
It’s popular to think that “all roads lead to God.” We like to believe that different religions are all really teaching the same thing, and as long as you’re sincere, God will be pleased with you. But while that philosophy may sound nice, it just isn’t true! Pastor J.D. explains that we don’t get to choose how we worship. We can only approach God on his own terms.    
Mar
16
2020
When we’re feeling distant from God and 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? J.D. Greear addresses these concerns as he continues our study in the book of First Samuel titled, Search for a King. We’re finding that religion that’s devoid of submission will never create a true relationship with God.
Mar
13
2020
Lots of people go to church every week, read their Bible, and even serve in Sunday School or lead a Bible study, but they still feel distant from God and worry about whether or not they’re saved. So how can we know for sure that God has accepted us? Pastor J.D. addresses that question by diving into the story of King Saul. We’re discovering the difference between true faith and surface-level religion.  
Mar
12
2020
Have you ever taken a shortcut in life? Maybe you were just a few points away from passing a class, so you cheated on the final. Or maybe you wanted a new car so badly that you took out a loan you couldn’t afford. We’ve all made little compromises like these because we want a better life now. But the truth is that God’s timing is always the best timing, and we can’t rush his plans!    
Mar
11
2020
On this edition of Summit Life, Pastor J.D. begins a brand new series called Search for a King. In this study of King David, we’re discovering that each of us lives in one kingdom or another. So who, or what, is the king in your life? Are you submitting to God’s rule, or are you looking to something else for fulfillment?  
Mar
10
2020
It’s a tragic reality that many marriages fall apart after a dramatic and sudden loss, like the collapse of a business or the death of a child. So how do we keep it together when our life seems to be falling apart? More importantly, how do we keep our faith through all the pain? Pastor J.D. answers those questions as he concludes our series on family and relationships titled, Home Wreckers.  
Mar
9
2020
Most of us think of “good Christians” as those who are always smiling and encouraging others. So whenever we struggle with depression, despair, or doubts about God, we tend to feel a lot of shame or wonder if there’s something wrong with us. And it can be difficult to ask for help because we don’t want anyone to see us as broken. But as Pastor J.D. Greear explains, doubt can be a driving force to push us into deeper faith.  
Mar
6
2020
In the series, Home Wreckers, Pastor J.D. talks about several common stumbling blocks that destroy our ability to have healthy, God-centered families. On this edition of Summit Life, he describes one of the deadliest poisons to relationships: bitterness. We’re discovering that the only cure for bitterness is to be transformed by the grace of God.    
Mar
5
2020
Everyone is born with a natural desire for justice. That’s why we love it when the bad guy in a movie gets what’s coming to him! 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? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our series, Home Wreckers. We’re discovering how the gospel satisfies God’s justice and mercy and equips us to forgive.    
Mar
4
2020
Whenever we look at group photos, we automatically search for ourselves first–just to make sure we look good! It’s our natural tendency to focus on our own needs and desires before anything else. But for a relationship to work–whether it’s a marriage, friendship, or family–we need to love the other person like Jesus loved us: selflessly and unconditionally. That’s our subject as Pastor J.D. continues our Home Wreckers series.
Mar
3
2020
No matter how you slice it, the divorce rates in America today are shocking. Even couples who manage to stay together often find that their relationship has become distant, loveless, and unfulfilling. The flame that started out so bright has burned down to a flicker. Despite all this, the media continues to paint marriage as the key to happiness and wholeness. So what are we missing? As he continues our series Home Wreckers, Pastor J.D. describes one central issue that breaks down friendships and marriages–and how to cure it.
Mar
2
2020
Have you ever felt like a deer in the headlights, paralyzed by fear? Anxiety has unbelievable power over us, both emotionally and physically. It can even trigger heart palpitations, panic attacks, or asthma. But worse than its physical effects, fear paralyses us spiritually. As we continue the series Home Wreckers, Pastor J.D. and his wife, Veronica, explain that the cure for unhealthy fear is learning to fear the right things.
Feb
28
2020
If you were asked to list some common sins, you’d probably mention things like lying, lust or inappropriate anger. But what about fear? In this message, Pastor J.D. invites his wife Veronica to join him as he addresses this common struggle. It’s part of the series Homewreckers. We’re discovering that worry doesn’t just harm you emotionally and physically; it also destroys your ability to experience God’s blessing and can inflict serious damage on your family. But we don’t have to be slaves to it any longer!
Feb
27
2020
In the series Home Wreckers, we’ve been looking at issues that break down families and the biblical solutions to avoid them. Work may seem like a strange topic to include, but in actuality, our approach to work has an enormous effect on our homes.
Feb
26
2020
Whether you’re working your dream job or are just punching the clock to get a paycheck, we all have days when we feel like just another cog in the machine. We might even start wondering if our work even matters. But as we continue the series Home Wreckers, Pastor J.D. challenges us to take a higher view of our careers.
Feb
25
2020
The word “ambition” tends to conjure up images of greedy Wall Street executives or ruthless dictators, like Napoleon Bonaparte or Stalin. It carries a distinctly negative connotation. But is there such a thing as good ambition? Pastor J.D. argues that there is. As we continue the series Home Wreckers, we’re discovering how our aspirations affect our family life and what it looks like to have godly ambition.    
Feb
24
2020
In a new series called Home Wreckers, we’re taking an in-depth look at how to avoid many of the dangers and pitfalls that corrode our relationships and destroy our homes. But don’t let the title fool you! We’ll be covering so much more than just marital issues. Whether you’re single, married, widowed, divorced, we all have relationships that need healing and strengthening.    
Feb
21
2020
If you don’t think you have the strength to engage in the spiritual battle against you, then you’ve actually got an advantage in this fight. 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
20
2020
You’ve probably heard about the spiritual armor Paul describes in Ephesians. But have you ever really thought you needed it? 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
19
2020
“Wives, submit to your husbands.” That may be one of the most misunderstood lines in the Bible that raises all sorts of questions for many people. As Pastor J.D. continues in this message from Ephesians 5, he 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
18
2020
If your spiritual progress were based on how well you lived out the Bible’s instructions at home, how would you be doing? 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
17
2020
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
14
2020
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? In this message from the “Love Incorruptible” series, Pastor J.D. shows us why, when we experience the beauty of the gospel, we are compelled to walk in love, light, and wisdom–not in order to become a child of God but because as his beloved children, we can’t help but want to be like him.
Feb
13
2020
Do you feel more at ease with someone who shares your political convictions or someone who shares your faith in Jesus? 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 and where, through the power of the gospel, we are defined first by who we are in Christ.
Feb
12
2020
As the church, we cannot insist that people bow to our preferences when it comes to worshipping a Savior who gave up all his rights to rescue us. In this message, Pastor J.D. shows us as part of the “Love Incorruptible” series that when we are defined by who we are in Christ and not our cultural differences, we are able to lay down our preferences for the sake of others’ salvation.
Feb
11
2020
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. As Pastor J.D. continues in this message from Ephesians, we learn the four things we must understand about salvation to really lay hold of the gift of grace. When we do, we find the confidence that comes from accepting Christ’s righteousness as our own.
Feb
10
2020
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. In this message from the “Love Incorruptible” series, Pastor J.D. helps us see that, until we fully understand the problem of sin, we can never fully cherish the gift of grace.
Feb
7
2020
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. In this message, Pastor J.D. continues in Ephesians and the “Love Incorruptible” series, showing us how God opens our eyes to who Jesus is and the four things we understand when we pray for spiritual sight.
Feb
6
2020
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. In this message from the “Love Incorruptible” series, Pastor J.D. takes us through a passage in Ephesians and shows us why it’s not enough just to know facts. God has to grant us spiritual sight if we want to know him more and see his true glory.
Feb
5
2020
If God has already chosen the people who will be saved, then why do we keep sharing Christ with people? As Pastor J.D. continues in the “Love Incorruptible” series, he shows us that, while predestination contains some of the greatest paradoxes, we can gain confidence in disciple making from knowing we were saved to bring other people to Jesus and feel empowered to say to him, “Yes, God, use me for your purposes.”
Feb
4
2020
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 and helps us see that while some things are not meant to be understood, we can know this: we were chosen for the glory of God. When we embrace that truth, it gives us the power to persist in trials as God works out his good plan in us.
Feb
3
2020
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.
Jan
31
2020
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 the gospel is hope. 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.
Jan
30
2020
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.
Jan
29
2020
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.
Jan
28
2020
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 is about placing your trust in the God who always keeps his promises. It is admitting that you cannot save yourself, but that, in his grace, God has done it for you.
Jan
27
2020
One of the common questions in Christianity is, “How did people in the Old Testament get to heaven?” In this message, Pastor J.D. teaches us not only when and how the father of our faith, Abraham, 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.
Jan
24
2020
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.
Jan
23
2020
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.”
Jan
22
2020
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.
Jan
21
2020
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.
Jan
20
2020
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.
Jan
17
2020
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.
Jan
16
2020
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.  
Jan
15
2020
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 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.
Jan
14
2020
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.
Jan
13
2020
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.
Jan
10
2020
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.
Jan
9
2020
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.
Jan
8
2020
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.
Jan
7
2020
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.
Jan
6
2020
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. You may already know the facts, but are you ready to get intimately familiar with the truth of the gospel?
Jan
3
2020
Where do you get the power to continue in the Christian life? 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. Learn what the gospel is and what it means for you as Pastor J.D. starts his study through some of the most important and pressing questions we have today.
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