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Through Unlikely Circumstances, Summit Couple Sent as Missionaries

Ben and Rachel Ober always thought they would go to the nations as missionaries some day. They heard this calling separately, before they met one another, and now they are being obedient to where God is leading them overseas. When Ben was in college, he started underlining his Bible everywhere he could find missions mentioned. This radically transformed his perspective. “I was accustomed to thinking of the Great Commission as a verse at the end of Mark, or the end of Matthew, not really God’s heart running from Genesis to Revelation.” After that, Ben was committed to going overseas as a missionary, and...

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Amid the Pandemic, the Care of Community Prevails

Kelly and Aaron Griffin know the importance of a small group community—they’ve seen it firsthand in their three years as members of The Summit Church. But they’ve never been more grateful for it than after having a child during the COVID-19 pandemic. When they began attending the Summit in 2017, Kelly was seven months pregnant with their first son, Brayden. Right away, Kelly expressed interest in serving in Summit Kids and was connected to Julie, a staff member who invested in her and trained her to be a leader when she was able to start serving after maternity leave. But...

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Summit Members See God Working Through Home Gatherings

The following stories are from the Summit’s Alamance County campus’ home gatherings. To find a home gathering nearest you, visit Jeff and Laura Jeff and Laura host a home gathering in Gibsonville. They started by sending an invitation to their entire neighborhood, where they had already begun to develop friendships, to gather with them on Sunday mornings. Recognizing the beauty and value of hospitality, Jeff and Laura extended the invitation to include a meal after the service. For their first weekend, two couples from their neighborhood joined to worship alongside several Alamance County friends, and one of the couples stayed afterward...

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Disciple-making Disciples: Jonathan’s Stewardship Story

When Jonathan Marrero and his wife, Marilyn, attended Financial Peace University years ago, God began calling him to trust and surrender his personal finances—and teaching him to use what he was learning to serve others.Now he and Marilyn both serve with the stewardship ministry at the Summit, coaching others on personal financial principles that honor God. As Jonathan counseled people at the church, he also felt he could offer something to his coworkers, who often talked about their financial struggles.“I would hear people talking about their lights getting cut off or worrying about a paycheck being late,” he said. “And...

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We Send Every Member | The Ashby’s Story

Emily and Reid never thought a global pandemic would be their ticket to serving with a church plant overseas. But when the world turned upside down this spring, and Emily began working remotely, God was bringing something beautiful out of something tragic. In March, Emily, an accountant in Research Triangle Park, was allowed to work remotely as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, something that didn’t seem possible before social distancing procedures became necessary. A few months later, Emily and Reid started praying about a risky possibility. Rather than working remotely from their home in the Triangle, they wanted...

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UNC Junior Sees God’s Faithfulness through Leadership on Campus

Last spring, we heard how God radically changed Asuka’s life through others’ faithfulness to share the gospel with her. Now, Asuka is back at UNC and is continuing to see God change her own life through ministry at home and on campus.When Asuka Nakamura came to faith in the spring of her junior year at UNC Chapel Hill, she knew she wanted to learn more about Jesus and take time to intentionally grow in discipleship. She decided to pursue God in these ways by applying to City Project, the Summit’s eight-week summer discipleship program for college students.Asuka believes that “when...

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Full-circle Discipleship: Step Up, Invest, and Trust God to Work

For Hubert Davis, the road to knowing Jesus Christ as Savior would start by learning from his mother, who faithfully spoke gospel truth into his life from an early age. The road became much harder, however, when his mother passed away from cancer just before Hubert’s junior year of high school. “I hated Jesus for taking my mom away, and that hatred affected all areas of my life,” Hubert said. “She was a Christian, always talked about Jesus and made us go to church, so I couldn’t understand why he would take her.” The hatred consumed Hubert for several years until his...

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Year of Disciple-Making: Hank and JR

When Hank met JR in 2012, he didn’t know where JR stood in his walk with God and shared the gospel with him, according to Hank, “at least 200 times.” As the two friends were deepening a friendship through common interests and Hank’s intentionality, God was working in JR’s heart and giving him a desire to grow in discipleship and be a spiritual leader for his family. Now, as the two men disciple each other, they look outward together as they work to make more disciples.

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Year of Disciple-Making: New Friendship with Iraqi Refugee Leads to God’s Love in Action

By Elizabeth Ashford Jill Sheets knows firsthand how nurturing a friendship with someone across cultural barriers can profoundly change your life. Her friendship with Tabarek started at a bus stop in Durham one frigid morning this past January. Jill had passed the stop twice while running errands and noticed the same young woman standing there with her two young children. She felt God telling her to stop and offer the woman a ride. She had never done such a thing before and had a million excuses as to why she shouldn’t. But then she looked in the backseat of her husband’s truck...

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Read Your Bible in 2017

Last year we had a strong emphasis on reading through the Bible along with Pastor J.D. preaching through the Whole Story series. I hope you joined us on our journey through the Scriptures! Whether or not you made it all the way through, I want to encourage you to take up the Bible reading plan again this year. I’d like to give you a couple reasons for doing this along with a recommendation or two so that you’ll get as much as possible out of your time in the Scriptures. The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:20-21, “Knowing this first of...

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Why I Want to Memorize Scripture

Today in our "Stories Worth Sharing" campaign, we hear from Eric Frost (musician, husband to Shyana, and all­American hero). Here is what he has to say: “Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!” –Psalm 96:2­3 A few months ago I made a goal to memorize all of Psalm 96. If it’s biblical to have God’s word treasured in my heart (Psalm 119:11), then memorizing scripture just makes sense. Now, Psalm 96 is a regular part of my day. I walk around repeating it to myself and...

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What's in a Name?

This blog was written by one of our own, Cassie, who helps to lead worship at the Cary Campus. Read her thoughts on worship below.  Labels are powerful. Slap a non-GMO label on a can of beans, and you’ve garnered the clout needed to raise the price by a dollar. Titles are powerful. When we see the letters PhD or hear the word President, we perk up a little, and titles like “Aunt” or “Grandpa” produce feelings of pride and joy. Terms are powerful, too. What we call something or someone matters. Calling your wife, “old lady” may not produce the...

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