By Orlando Cabrera:
Hey Summit Family
As we head into this Thanksgiving Holiday, we as a staff at Summit want to 'Thank You' for your continual faithfulness and partnership in this mission.
As we have been walking through the Book of Philippians I can’t help but draw from the very words the Apostle Paul uses in expressing his thanks to the Philippian church as he writes:
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel…”
We share those same feelings and gratitude to all of you who call Summit your home. 2017 is coming to a fast end and this has been a tremendous year of ministry across all three of our campuses and we praise God for that. We've released a website that looks back on God's activity in our midst, recounting his goodness. www.EagerToGive.com
We want to run 'through the tape' as we press towards the end of the year.
As we look forward to 2018 and all that God may have for us as a church in the new year we fully understand that how we finish 2017 is vitally important. We want to run 'through the tape' as we press towards the end of the year.
A passage of Scripture that the Lord has impressed on our hearts for this season is 2 Corinthians 8. These words from the Apostle Paul are a challenge to the church at Corinth to live generously by excelling in their act of giving. Paul highlights the posture of the church at Macedonia and says they were EAGER TO GIVE and literally begging for the opportunity to join God in His redemptive mission by practicing faithful stewardship. Paul explains that the Macedonians didn’t do this as a result of their excess but they actually gave out of their poverty and from a state of deep sacrifice.
One of the outcomes here at Summit that we believe is an outcome for every disciple of Jesus Christ is stewardship of life…faithfully using all that God has entrusted us in a manner that reflects the Father’s heart and character. We are challenging you, Summit family, to finish this year strong. As we seek to finish strong there will be some areas of ministry and some Summit partners that will be directly impacted and strengthened for greater Gospel advancement by our individual and collective obedience.
We look forward to sharing with you some more of what we believe God desires to do through these remaining weeks and entering the new year, but for now, thank you again. God has and God continues to use your obedience and partnership to move this mission forward, so to borrow once again the words of the Apostle Paul…
“Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have." 2 Cor. 8:11