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In our series called All-In, Pastor J.D. is walking through the stories of five Old Testament characters who each give us a picture of what it means to be fully committed to God’s mission. This series was originally preached to Pastor J.D.’s home congregation, The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, but the principles apply to every be…
 
If you ever flip through one of those picture book Bibles for kids, one of the first stories you’ll noticed is Noah and the Ark, usually accompanied by a cute illustration of little animals walking two-by-two into the ark. But this account isn’t just a nice story about God saving some animals from a flood; it’s a powerful foreshadowing of the gospe…
 
Sometimes it’s easy to think about missions and evangelism as a task for “elite Christians” who God calls to be pastors or missionaries. But as we continue our series, “Be the Movement,” Pastor J.D. shows us that God wants to use all of us to live on mission for him—yes, God wants to use YOU!Par J.D. Greear Ministries
 
In this message on Acts 7–8, Pastor J.D. teaches on The Summit Church’s fourth core value: “We send every member.” Because Jesus sent his Spirit to us, the question is no longer if we are called to join in his mission. It’s only a matter of where and how. Living “sent” isn’t a special calling for our church planters and missionaries. It’s a calling…
 
In this message on Matthew 28, Pastor J.D. teaches on a third core value: “We make disciples, not just converts.” Most churches celebrate how many people attend services or “make decisions” or get baptized. But our central commission, as a church, is much simpler—and much harder: We are called to make disciples.…
 
Believers aren’t meant to be stagnant ponds who are always receiving and never pouring into other people. Instead, we’re meant to be rivers where gospel water flows through us to others. In this message from our series, “Be the Movement,” Pastor J.D. talks about how Jesus wants us to take the good news of the gospel to every tribe, tongue, and nati…
 
In this message on 1 Corinthians 9, Pastor J.D. explains one of the core four values of The Summit Church, “We do whatever it takes to reach all people.” Believers aren’t meant to be stagnant ponds—receiving, receiving, receiving. We’re meant to be rivers where gospel water flows through us to others. So we get comfortable being uncomfortable, know…
 
In this message on 1 Corinthians 15, Pastor J.D. begins a deep dive into the mission and values of The Summit Church with Value #1, “We prioritize the gospel above all.” The gospel alone transforms us, empowers us, unites us, propels us. This is why the Apostle Paul puts the gospel in a special class all by itself—because a church without the gospe…
 
As Christians, we know that the blood of Jesus has completely washed away all our sins. And sometimes when we hear that, we might start thinking of God’s grace as a “get out of jail free card.” But Pastor J.D. reminds us that being forgiven and justified before God, doesn’t mean we won’t still face consequences for our actions here on earth. It’s t…
 
Jesus said that the world would know we are his disciples by our love. As believers, our love for each other and for the world ought to set us apart from any other group. So what does Christian love actually look like, and how do we start to live it out? Pastor J.D. answers those questions as he continues our series called, Freedom in the In-Betwee…
 
The Bible tells us that before we place our faith in Christ, we are all dead in our sins. And when the blood of Jesus washes our sin away, the Holy Spirit comes into us and gives us new life! But it’s not like we can just check our soul’s pulse. So how do we know if the Spirit is in us? What does spiritual life actually look like? Pastor J.D. answe…
 
Stop and feel your wrist, or put a finger under the edge of your jaw. If you do it right, you’ll be able to feel your own heartbeat—proof that you are alive. So if that’s the case, then what does the Bible mean when it talks about our need for spiritual life? Pastor J.D. tackles that subject as he continues the series called, Freedom in the In-Betw…
 
As we continue our series called, Freedom in the In-Between, Pastor J.D. is tackling an issue that’s critical to understanding the gospel: the relationship between grace and actions. We’re in Galatians chapter 3, and J.D. is answering the question, “If we’re saved by grace, then what’s the point of obeying God’s law?”…
 
It’s been said that Christianity is more like a relationship than a religion. Religions are about what you do, while the gospel is about what God did for you. But if that’s the case, why do Christians still follow certain rules? Why do we still go to church, read our Bibles, and try to obey the Ten Commandments? Pastor J.D. answers these questions …
 
Next time you’re in a bookstore, go take a peek at the self-improvement section. You’ll see rows and rows of books promising to unlock the secret to a better life. But no matter how many diets you follow or how much positive thinking you do, none of those tricks are going to fill your deepest needs or fix your greatest problems! As Pastor J.D. cont…
 
Our Western culture is highly individualistic. We all want to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and make our own way in the world. We don’t want to be dependent on anyone. But Pastor J.D. cautions us that a self-made mindset doesn’t work when it comes to holiness! We’re getting an important and humbling reminder about our dependence on God as we …
 
Most everyone agrees that freedom is a good thing. And yet, freedom inevitably leads to conflict. If I’m free to have my opinion, then you’re free to disagree! But as Pastor J.D. continues our study of Galatians, he’s explaining how our freedom in Christ actually leads to greater unity! We’re being reminded of our ultimate identity that overcomes e…
 
If you turn on the news these days or browse through Facebook for a bit, it will be pretty apparent that we’re living in turbulent times. Emotions are running high over issues like politics and race relations. Our world seems so divided. And tragically, that same attitude often creeps into our churches! As Pastor J.D. continues our study in Galatia…
 
Paul’s transformation from a Jesus-hating Pharisee to a passionate Christ-follower is nothing short of miraculous. But if you’re a follower of Christ, then your story is a miracle, too! And your testimony is powerful proof of the truth of the gospel! That’s our subject as Pastor J.D. continues our study of Galatians called, Freedom in the In-Betwee…
 
The word “gospel” literally means, “good news.” It assures us that we’re saved by Jesus’ blood alone, not by anything we do. But how can we really know if the gospel we find in scripture is accurate? How do we know it wasn’t just a clever conspiracy the disciples came up with to gain a following? Pastor J.D. addresses those questions as he continue…
 
On October 31, 2017, Christians around the world celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg church and called Christians to return to the true gospel. Pastor J.D. preached this special message in honor of that anniversary, explaining why the work of an ancient German mo…
 
In a new study of Galatians called, Freedom in the In-Between, we’re discovering how the gospel frees us to live with confidence in a world of uncertainty. Pastor J.D. kicks off the study with a message he preached in October of 2017, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It’s a great reminder of why the actions of an ancient German monk nam…
 
In art and film, heaven is usually portrayed as this ethereal place in the clouds full of harps and chubby cherubim. But, is that really all we have to look forward to in eternity? In this message, Pastor J.D. gives us a biblical picture of the new heaven and new earth promised in the book of Revelation. It’s part of our series called, The Whole St…
 
If you were to flip through the book of Revelation with no previous Bible knowledge, it would probably sound like a piece of science fiction or someone’s crazy dream journal. All that talk of dragons and beasts can be pretty confusing! But Pastor J.D. is walking us through this book of prophecy and explaining how God pulled back the curtain to give…
 
If there’s one book of the Bible that has generated more curiosity and debate than any other, it’s the book of Revelation. Some find it fascinating, while others find it terrifying. And most of us, to some degree or another, find it pretty confusing. So, Pastor J.D. is helping us wrap our minds around the main point of this prophetic book as he con…
 
In our series called, The Whole Story, we’ve been traveling from Genesis to Revelation, discovering how every page is pointing to Jesus and revealing the gospel. In this message, we’re looking at the life of the Apostle Paul and the example he set for how the gospel transforms our priorities and our definition of success.…
 
Everyone wants to feel like they’ve succeeded at life. But, what does “success” even mean? Our world often points to fame, wealth, or accolades from peers. But as believers, we should have a different metric. In this message, Pastor J.D. describes the biblical standard for a successful life and explains how we can make our days count. It’s a challe…
 
In this message, Pastor J.D. tackles a subject that can be a bit sensitive, but is vital to advancing the gospel. We’re talking about biblical generosity—in every area of life! Pastor J.D. is challenging us to surrender everything to God as he continues his series called, The Whole Story. We’re in Second Corinthians 9:7.…
 
Tragically, it’s not uncommon to hear speakers and pastors who promise God’s blessing in order to manipulate their audience into giving them money. They claim that if you give a certain amount, God will bring you physical healing or financial success. But is that really what the Bible means when it talks about blessing? What should be the heart beh…
 
When asked about their hopes for the future, 96% of teens in a recent survey said they want to make a difference in the world. Clearly, we all crave a greater purpose and for our lives to leave an impact. But, how do we make that happen? How do we find our calling? Pastor J.D. addresses those questions as he continues our survey of the Bible called…
 
Have you ever come to a crucial moment where you realized that, one way or another, the decision you were about to make was gonna change your life forever? Maybe it was your wedding day or when you took the plunge and launched a new business. Well, as we continue our series called, The Whole Story, we’re looking at a crucial moment that changed—not…
 
As Christians, we all know that prayer is important. And yet, sometimes it feels like just another thing to check off on our to-do list. In this message, Pastor J.D. is reminding us of the ultimate purpose of prayer and why it matters. And when we catch sight of this vision, it’ll give us a fresh excitement for prayer like never before! This messag…
 
Have you ever noticed that people tend to be a lot more honest about their opinions when voicing them through an anonymous email or online profile? It’s easy to be bold when no one can hold us responsible for what we said. But Pastor J.D. is challenging us to take a bold, public stance for our faith. He’s calling us to step out of our comfort zone …
 
According to tradition, there are two topics you should avoid in social conversations: politics and religion. It’s much easier and more comfortable to keep our faith a private, personal thing. But Pastor J.D. is challenging us to get outside our comfort zone and make our faith known. It’s part of our series called The Whole Story.…
 
Even with all the comfort and luxury of modern life, happiness is still hard to come by. And all the self-care and positivity in the world can never truly satisfy our souls. So, what are we missing? In this message, Pastor J.D. explains how Jesus himself tackled that question in the Sermon on the Mount. It’s part of the series called The Whole Stor…
 
We all crave happiness, and yet, it often seems elusive. We pin our hopes on something in the future, like marriage, kids, career success, or retirement, and we think if we can just get to that goal, we’ll be happy. But nothing ever seems to satisfy! So what’s the solution? How do we escape the rat race and find true, lasting joy? Pastor J.D. answe…
 
When artists try to depict Jesus, they often paint him wearing a clean, white robe and holding a lamb in a quiet, green pasture. It’s a peaceful and comforting representation, reminding us that Jesus is our Good Shepherd. There’s nothing wrong with those images, in and of themselves, but they don’t capture the full picture of Jesus. In this message…
 
Sometimes, a little scare can be fun, like when you’re watching a suspenseful movie or riding a roller coaster. But aside from that, we don’t typically think of fear as a positive thing. However, when it comes to our relationship with God, fear is actually a good, healthy, and even essential emotion. That’s our subject as we continue our series cal…
 
Have you ever prayed for a miracle? At one point or another, almost everyone will end up on their knees begging for the impossible, even those who don’t consider themselves religious. Sometimes, you might get the answer you were hoping for! But other times, it seems like God doesn’t respond. Why is that? Pastor J.D. tackles this challenging topic a…
 
Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all face temptations on a daily basis. Sometimes, we’re even tempted to be prideful about overcoming temptation! So, how do we find the power to overcome and keep resisting the constant enticement? That’s the subject as Pastor J.D. continues this series called, The Whole Story.…
 
When you hear the word, “sin,” what do you picture? For some of us, it’s something along the lines of a wild party or an adulterous affair. Impatience probably isn’t first thing that comes to mind. But as Pastor J.D. continues a series called, The Whole Story, he explains that a lack of patience is at the root of a lot of sins.…
 
Baptism is one of those subjects that tends to stir up some lively debate among believers. Some people say you should be baptized as a baby; others say you should wait for adulthood. Some like to sprinkle, while others like to dunk. But what does the Bible say on the issue, and why does it even matter? Pastor J.D. addresses those questions as he co…
 
When you were a kid, did you ever get a really big homework assignment, but instead of chipping away at it over the semester, you put it off until the night before it was due? Thankfully, with a homework assignment, the worst that can happen is a bad grade. But in this message, Pastor J.D. talks about something you might be putting off that has muc…
 
If there’s one part of Scripture most of us skip over, it’s the genealogies. It’s hard to see how a list of “who-begat-who” is relevant to our own lives. But in this message, Pastor J.D. explains that those lists are actually critical to understanding God’s plan. We’re looking at the genealogy of Jesus and learning how God has been working through …
 
Recently, there’s been a growing interest in studying family histories. In fact, multiple companies have popped up that will trace your family line through a DNA sample. For some people, the results may be exciting, learning about historical figures or even royalty in their line. For others, the findings may be a little less glamorous. In this mess…
 
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