Join Us On Mission!

At the Summit, our mission is to be a family of grace, believing and becoming the gospel. Now, what does that actually mean? We are glad you asked!

  • A Family of Grace

    The book of Ephesians starts with three chapters describing and unveiling the saving work of God. God saved a people unto Himself to display the glory and majesty of His grace. That family is created to live in light of their calling and display the grace of God to all. Ephesians 4:1-3

    Paul lays out traits of a family of grace: humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another in love. He calls the church to maintain that unity. Maintain means to preserve, or guard something that is in your possession. Jesus created unity and asks us to maintain it. 

    The Holy Spirit unifies us around the reconciling work of Jesus Christ, especially around our differences. A Family of Grace is not a group of people that all look the same, it is a group of radically different people that have all been redeemed.

  • Believing The Gospel

    We believe that God has most fully revealed Himself in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 2:14

    Ultimately, the gospel is the finished work of Christ – and this is good, good news that changes everything. It brings hope to us and to this otherwise hopeless world. The gospel:

    Reconciles hopeless sinners – By faith, we can be with holy God.

    Colossians 1:19-22

    Has conquered evil – Evil has no power over us now, and one day, all its power will be vanquished.

    I Corinthians 15:20-24

    Redeems fallen creation – One day creation will be restored to how it was supposed to be.

    Romans 8:18-22

    We have a limited understanding of belief. Many Christians think of belief as an experience for salvation only. But the Bible is clear that growing in maturity means allowing the historical aspect, the adoption aspect and the kingdom aspect of the gospel to be more fully realized in our lives.

    The practice for the gospel transforming us and making us into the likeness of Christ happens in the rhythm of repentance and faith. Colossians 2:6-7

  • Becoming the Gospel

    Often, we as the church merely ask for people to serve in the church. Although this is part of our calling - to the family, there is a bigger vision we are invited into. We are called to become the gospel which means that we display for all to see a taste of what the Kingdom of God will be like when Jesus returns. Ephesians 4:7-16

    We mature in the gospel by being equipped by others for works of service. Works of service are displayed throughout the world so that people can taste and see what the Kingdom of God is like. As Christians grow in humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance and unity they are not only becoming the kingdom but they are actually bringing the kingdom into our broken world. The three primary places we are called to become the gospel are:

    In Our Families Ephesians 5:18-6:4

    In Our Workplaces Ephesians 6:5-9

    In Our Neighborhoods 1 Peter 4:7-11

Our Core Values

At Summit Church we have a set of core values that

we use to guide our church vision and actions.

  • Caring For The Vulnerable

    We live out this value by bringing God's justice to the world not only with mercy but in defense of and out of love for those who have been unjustly treated. Biblically the action to which we are called is justice, and our motivation for it comes from the loving kindness that God has shown us in Christ.

  • Sending

    We live out this value through obedience to the command to be "salt and light" in the world. It is critical that we participate in sending church planters and missionaries around the world to start new works, but also that as a church we remember that each of us is sent to be God's presence in our daily activities.

  • Making Disciples

    We live out this value by following the model of our Savior's love, calling people to Jesus because we love God and we are moved by His great love for us. Discipleship doesn't begin in the church building. We are the church, so discipleship begins everywhere we go as we engage others who do not know Christ and by digging deeper into gospel-centered relationships with those who follow Christ.

  • Declaring The Word

    We live out this value by following the example of Jesus' unshakeable commitment to His Father's Word. The power in our preaching and teaching comes from the truth that Jesus is the very Word of God. He saves, transforms, and equips souls for life in Him as we declare the Word.

  • Life Together

    We live out this value by following the example of the Triune God, who has existed eternally in perfect unity, love, and joy. We were created to live in shalom (peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness) with God, so we follow the Trinity's example by gathering together in joyful fellowship. By pursuing life together we model our created purpose in relationships with God and others.

Our Beliefs

We invite you to explore our beliefs and join us in our pursuit of living out our faith in boldness and passion.

  • God

    God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities often referred to as the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

    Gen 1:1,26,27; 3:22 / Ps 90:2 / Matt 28:19 / I Pet 1:2

  • Jesus Christ

    Jesus is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will someday return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

    Matt 1:22-23 / Is 9:6 / John 1, 14 / Ti 2:1 / Heb 4:14-15 / I Cor 15:3-4

  • The Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in a believer from the moment of salvation and gives them a spiritual gift(s). He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, conviction of their righteousness in Christ, and guidance in doing right. As believers, we are to live under His control every day.

    II Cor 3:17 / John 16:7-13; 14:16-17 / Acts 1:8 / Eph 1:13 / I Cor 2:12; 3:16 / Gal 5:25

  • The Bible

    The Bible is God’s Living Word to us. Human authors, under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, wrote it for us. It is the story and revelation of the gospel – God’s eternal plan of restoration through Jesus Christ for all of creation specifically his ultimate creation – man. It's the follower of Christ’s only standard for truth, life, and knowledge of God. God and not man inspired the Bible. Therefore, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

    II Tim 3:16 / II Pet 1:20-21 / II Tim 1:13 Prov 30:5/ Ps 12:6; 119

  • Human Beings

    People are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character revealing His glory. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and keeps us from pursuing the things of God. Jesus Christ provided for our sin through His sinless life, his sin bearing death, and his life giving resurrection.

    Gen 1:27 / Ps 8:3-6 / Is 53:6a / Rom 3:23 / Is 59:1-2

  • Salvation

    Salvation is God’s work and God’s gift to man through the person and complete work of Jesus Christ. We can never make up for our sin by good works or self-improvement. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into His life by a faith surrender.

    Rom 3:23, 6:23 /Eph 2:8-9 /John 14:6; 1:12 /Ti 3:5/Rom 10:9-10

  • Baptism

    We practice baptism by immersion under water with the belief that baptism is a symbol of our new life in Christ. (Ie. Thief on the cross received salvation without baptism.) However, it is an important act of obedience that was a command of Jesus.

    Mk 1:9 / Matt 3:16 / Matt 28:19

  • Eternal Security In Christ

    Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true follower of Christ is secure in that saving relationship for eternity. We are made right with God by Jesus and we are kept right with God by Jesus. Salvation is given, kept and completed by God’s grace and power.

    Jn 10:27-29; 5:24; 6:47 / Eph 2:8-9 / Heb 7:25 / Acts 16:31 / Rom 5:1, 10 / II Cor 5:17-21 / I Jn 3:14, 5:11-14

  • The Church

    There are two types of churches in the Bible. The church universal is the church to which all followers of Christ belong. This is the bride of Christ that He will return to claim as His own. The second type of church mentioned in the Bible is the local church. Christ is the recognized head of our church – not any person, group, or religious organization. We believe the local church is made up of elders, deacons, & members.

    Col 1:18 / Eph 1:23; 4:12, 15; 5:23, 25 / Rom 12:5 / I Cor 12:27 / Rev 21:2

  • Priesthood of the Believer

    Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and the Bible. The Bible also teaches that every Christian is called to “full time” Christian ministry, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service.

    I Pet 2:5, 9 / Rev 1:6; / Ex 19:6 / Matt 6:6

  • Giving, Tithing, and the Care of the Local Church

    We are not commanded to tithe in the New Covenant but there are some important truths we must know about giving and the tithe.

    The tithe was instituted before Moses (Genesis 14:20) and is not part of the law

    10% is not a magic legalistic number but it seems to be the point at which God’s economy works in the local body and there would be more than enough to live out the gospel in the body, the community around us, and the world.

    Under the New Covenant, Jesus requires all of you, but allows us to give as His Spirit leads us.

    God longs for us to be cheerful givers who give out of the overflow of His gospel’s work in us.

    II Cor 8:3-5; 9:6-8; Prov 3:9; Mal 3:8, Deut 8:18

  • Eternity

    People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

    Jn 3:16, 14:17 / Eph 1:3-14 / Rom 6:23; 8:17-18 / Rev 20:15

  • Spiritual Gifts

    We believe that the Bible teaches that all the gifts of the Spirit are still in play. Many teach that the miraculous gifts have ceased. This view called "Cessationism" is based on I Corinthians 13:8-12. This is the only place in the Bible that supports this claim. The key verse is "when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away." The "perfect" cannot be the Bible because these gifts were still in play during the apostolic age when the scripture was complete or had come. If the "perfect" is the church then we are in big trouble because the church is not perfect. The church is being perfected in Christ. It is not perfect now. If it is Jesus, this makes sense in the context of chapter 13 especially verse 12. We are not now fully known. That is a requirement for those gifts listed to cease. We will be fully known in heaven when we come face to face. This is to come when the perfect comes – Christ Jesus. We also believe that the Bible teaches that we do not receive all the gifts. (I Corinthians 12:27-30) The Holy Spirit of God gives His gifts based on His will for God’s glory and our good. (I Corinthians 12:4-11)

  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Tongues

    We believe that the Bible teaches that we receive the fullness of the Spirit of God upon salvation. That is, we are baptized into the Spirit upon salvation. The word baptized in the Greek language of the Bible means to cover or completely submerge. This is what the Spirit does to us as we are saved through Christ by God. (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13—14) Many in the church teach that tongues are a sign of the Holy Spirit in a believer. Besides the verses above from Romans and Ephesians that refute this, I Corinthians also teaches us that not every believer will receive tongues as a gift. (I Corinthians 12:30, 14:5)

  • Alcohol

    There are three views that the Christian church upholds. The first is prohibition, which holds that all drinking is a sin. However, according to these passages God gave drink to us and Jesus even drank alcohol: Psalm 104:14-15; John 2:1-11; Matthew 11:19. The second view is Abstention, which advocates that drinking is not sinful but that Christians should not drink so that we do not cause others to stumble. According to Matthew 11:19, Jesus was not concerned about being a stumbling block in the middle of a drunk and perverse society. The last view is Moderation, which advocates that drinking is not a sin and Christian conscience must guide each person. Scripture most firmly and solidly supports this view. (Matt. 26:29, Num. 28:14, Ecclesiastes 9:7, Psalm 104:14-15, Deut. 14:26, Romans 14:1-15:2, Timothy 3:3, John 2:1-11, Matthew 11:19) There is a more comprehensive writing on this topic under "Elders’ Views".

  • Predestination and Election

    There are open handed issues (we can disagree in love based on biblical reasons) and closed handed issues (these we must agree on for biblical reasons). This is an open handed issue for membership. As elders, we believe that God is the author of salvation (John 6:44, 65) and has to be because our sin so mars the soul of man that we cannot choose God. (Romans 3:9-18) Predestination is God’s ultimate choice before time began of who would be justified through Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible teaches that the term election refers specifically to one aspect of divine predestination: God’s choosing of certain individuals to be saved. The term election has a positive connotation, referring to a benevolent predestination that results in the salvation of those who are elect. (Ephesians 1:4-12; Romans 8:29-30, Romans 9) What about man's "free will" and verses like John 3:16? 1) If man cannot pursue God or the things of God because of his utter sinful condition (Ephesians 2:1-2, Romans 3:9-18) then, there is no free will in man but to choose sin. God in his divine mercy had to choose us or none would be saved. Why did he only choose some? That is a question better asked this way, why did God choose any? In His justice, He would have been right and just to send all away from His presence forever. 2) What about John 3:16 and other verses that say "all" and "any" who believe. First, God does desire all to come to repentance. However, this is impossible. Second, the bible also teaches that the Jews believed they were the only ones who would be saved. These verses written in the context of the day was Gods way of saying to the Jews, salvation is going to be given to "all peoples" – all nations and races. He was not saying every person or all people would be saved.

  • Elders’ Views