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25Oct '17
Join us for The Five Solas

Join us for The Five Solas

The Five Solas: Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Sola Christus, Soli Deo Gloria - do you know what they mean? Join us for our upcoming sermon series as we unpack these and celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation!

05Jul '16
Rhythms & Rest

Rhythms & Rest

Every July, the elders at Summit Crossing graciously give me a preaching break from Sundays. This allows me a time to rest, reflect, and re-focus for the future. This is an important rhythm of rest for me. This is the seventh year in a row for me to do this, and it is one of God’s good gifts to me. What types of rhythms of rest have you incorporated into your year? Seasons of rest are not only helpful; they are biblical. Also, it’s important to understand what a season of rest looks like.  First of all, here are three things a season of rest is not: 1. Replacing work with other types of work. 2. Replacing busyness with idleness. 3. Replacing disciplines with no disciplines. 

Instead, a season of rest is a time to spend time listening, mediating, and refocusing our time and efforts on things that have eternal impact. This means extended times alone with God and God’s word. This means extended times simply listening to God’s voice and shutting out the noise of this world. It means diving into greater spiritual disciplines that will take root in our lives when the daily grind kicks back in. 

Therefore, by God’s grace, here is how I plan to spend my next month. I am going to take the month off from social media. I am going to spend more time in books and God’s word instead of binge watching another season of the latest show. Here are the two books I’m going to be hanging out in this summer, “The Gospel of the Kingdom” by George Ladd & “Dangerous Calling” by Paul Tripp. Also, I plan to spend extended times journaling and jotting down notes that God speaks softly to me (or loudly) through his Word and through prayer times. I am going to spend more time being present with my kids and wife. They need to know how much their dad and husband love them and treasure them.  I’m going to laugh, listen, and love being with my family and friends. My prayer is that God will enable me to enjoy his good gifts to me while not idolizing them. 

God is a good and gracious Father. I’m very thankful for the family He has called me into, and by His grace, this season of rest will drive this truth even deeper into my heart. I pray I come out on the other side of July refreshed and ready to go for another 40 years as a worshipper of our great God.

See you on the other side. I love you greatly SC3!

Paul Whaley

03Apr '16
Why do we plant churches?

Why do we plant churches?

Church planting is at the heart of Summit Crossing. We believe God has called us to be disciple-makers, multiply missional communities, and plant churches. As we seek to press out the mission of God in our context and around the world, we believe our Missional Outpost, what we call the “Redemption Project”, will play a vital role in that.

First, why it’s important that we plant churches. We believe the scriptures teach us that the church is God’s change agent for the world. God’s Word is taught and lived out in a gospel-centered community. When the community of God lives out the mission of God, it brings glory to God. Therefore, we need more gospel-centered churches. Churches that will not only hint at the gospel but will proclaim it boldly in a Christ-haunted culture. A culture that has heard just enough of Jesus that has led to a false sense of security. This dangerous position breeds self-centeredness and self-righteousness. We want to proclaim a gospel that both confronts our self-centeredness and slays our self-righteousness. We need more churches so the gospel can continue to keep pressing out the gospel of Jesus. It’s important that we teach, train, and send church planters out that will spread the beauty and power of the gospel. One church alone cannot reach a city, state, nation and world full of unreached people. We need thousands more. We are praying God gives us great vision and direction in planting gospel-centered churches.

Second, there are at least three ways our Missional Outpost is used to help plant churches. 1) It will act as a hub for the South Central Acts 29 Church planting network. Pastors from across Alabama and Tennessee will attend a monthly church planter luncheon where equipping and encouraging will happen for church planters. A large percentage of church planters burn out. We will be a catalyst in our region in helping church planters feel encouraged and equipped for the mission to which God has called them. 2) We will offer a church planter school designed to train church planters. This church planter school will host 6-8 church planters a year that will come from all over to attend and to learn. Last year there were six pastors in this school and this year there are 7 registered. 3) We will offer conferences and other seminars that will be helpful for church planters and other leaders. We hosted a small training for six church plant pastors last month where we taught on “How to plant churches with a missional community mindset.” God has blessed us with this missional outpost, and we want to be a blessing to others by stewarding it for the glory of God.

Will you join us in praying that God will use the Redemption Project for His glory? Will you also join us on April 17th as we bring a sacrificial financial gift that will go toward paying down the debt on the building? The more we pay down, the more money that is freed up for ministry.

It’s a joy serving with you!

Paul Whaley