Be Here, Be Human and Be Humble by Living in the Overlap

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Aug 24, 2014

In the final message of our "Ecclesia vitae"/small group reboot series, Pastor Mitch explains how living in the overlap equips us to Be Human, to Be Here and to Be Humble.

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Bearing Fruit through the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Aug 17, 2014

You please God and bear fruit when you love your neighbor. Nothing else needs to be added. And we must remember that the Great Commandment and the Great Commission are two separate commands.

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Gospel Fruit in a Post-Christian Context

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Aug 10, 2014

The gospel is good news. And good news is heralded. God wants his children to bear fruit by proclaiming the good news of his grace. But how do we proclaim it in an affluent, post-Christian society?

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Small Group Reboot Q&A Forum No. 6

Speaker: Summitview Pastors  Date: Aug 10, 2014

Travis Swan and Mitch Majeski take questions during our sixth small group reboot Q&A following the service on August 10, 2014. Most of the questions dealt with forming a team with people who go to other churches besides Summitview.

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Called to Be Fruitful (John 15:1-17)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Aug 03, 2014

Jesus is clear: Bearing fruit is the mark of a true disciple; it is the sign of authentic salvation. But what counts as fruit? If we define this too narrowly, we risk putting the works of our own hands in front of the beautiful and life-changing grace of Jesus.

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Finding the Overlap

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Jul 27, 2014

In Acts 3 and 18, and even in Matthew 4, we see narrative threads that demonstrate how the Kingdom of God was advanced through the normal flow of everyday life. So, as we continue our small group reboot, it's good to remember that making the most of every opportunity is not the same as making the most opportunities. Let's focus. Let's get out the "No" knife.

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Be Here: God has Determined Our Times, Places and Spaces

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Jul 20, 2014

Acts 17:22-28, 1 Corinthians 1:2 and Acts 10:1-24 provide the biblical framework for our small group reboot. Because a healthy church community needs to have a clear sense of purpose and mission. God has a redemptive purpose for when and where we live. We have no way to comprehend the downstream, eternal effects when we are faithful with the opportunities God has given each one of us. Let the ecclesia-oikos overlapping begin.

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Eternity, Authority and Entreaty (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:22)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Jul 13, 2014

As we conclude the 1 Thessalonians portion of "Ecclesia vitae," Aaron Ritter unpacks three vital signs of a healthy church: A longing for the Lord's return, respect for authority and "unceasing" prayer.

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An Ambitious Quiet Life (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12)

Speaker: Mark Saunders  Date: Jul 06, 2014

What is the Christian life supposed to look like? How do we define "success" in the Christian life? Mark Saunders takes us through the iconic passage of 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 and explains why Paul's charge to "live a quiet life" was and is still profound for Christians wanting to make an impact in their world. 

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Sanctification and Sexual Immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Jun 29, 2014

Many of us fall into one of two categories: We're either far too casual about our sexuality and sexual sin; or, we are completely overwhelmed by the shame and guilt of past sins. Our sixth installment in our "Ecclesia vitae" series takes a look at the seriousness of sexual sin — and the healing and regeneration that Jesus brings in this area.

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Remember the Love (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Jun 22, 2014

"That day" is coming. And Paul's prescription for how we prepare for that day is a bit counter-intuitive — and counter-cultural. Our unconditional, passionate commitment to the well-being of all is what grounds us in holiness. This is only possible when our heart-level affections are moved by the gospel.

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Comfort Strengthens (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:10)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Jun 15, 2014

Your life matters. It has weight. And in your life, as we live for Christ, we are destined for affliction. But we are also destined for glory. The importance of vital, healthy community is to bring a strengthening comfort that addresses these realities. Gathering together is not just "one more thing" to do. We must gather together around the Word in order to battle our afflictions and discouragement.

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Exhortation Is Vital (1 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Jun 08, 2014

The key to giving and receiving exhortation? Being in a position to receive it. There must be proximity and vulnerability in order for us to follow the Bible's commands about exhortation.

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So We Speak, Not to Please Man? (1 Thessalonians 2:1-8)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Jun 01, 2014

Our words matter. But our motivations matter even more. Only the gospel can properly define and affect our motives and our words. Why does this matter so much? Because gospel-motivated speech will bring life, health and unity to our relationships and our community.

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Not in Word Only (1 Thessalonians 1:4-10)

Speaker: John Larsen  Date: May 25, 2014

What does it mean to be a Christian? What are the distinguishing characteristics in the life of someone who claims to believe in and follow Jesus Christ? John Larsen offers three proofs of faith embodied by "legit" Christians.

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Vitality Begins with Thanksgiving (1 Thessalonians 1:1-3)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: May 18, 2014

Aaron Ritter begins our "Ecclesia vitae" series with some context on the Thessalonian church and a call to being thankful for our spiritual family. There's nothing that strengthens genuine love and care for one another like thankfulness for those running the race with us.

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