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The gospel of Jesus Christ is the source of our life, a deep well of grace that transforms us and propels us into the world. Join Pastor J.D. Greear each weekday to learn how the gospel can bring new life in you and through you.
 
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History is full of stories of believers who courageously faced death, secure in their knowledge of what was waiting for them beyond the grave. How were they so sure of their salvation?By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
One of the most painful things to hear from a loved one is the phrase, “I don’t trust you.” It’s especially painful when you didn’t do anything to break their trust! Yet many of us treat God that way. Pastor J.D. explains that when we doubt our own salvation, we’re really doubting God! And not only does it cause us to be anxious, it actually da ...…
 
Money is an incredibly personal topic, and it’s often considered off limits in polite conversation. But the Bible doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable issues. In fact, Scripture has a lot to say about the way we handle our finances. On this program, Pastor J.D. explains how the gospel transforms our view of money, just as it changes every aspect ...…
 
Most people get uncomfortable when the pastor starts talking about money. Some of us come from churches where wealth is looked down on as a sign of worldliness or greed. Perhaps we feel a measure of guilt for having a nice house and a robust savings account. Others may have been burned by prosperity teachers who used false promises to manipulat ...…
 
A lot of people think of pastors and missionaries as “super Christians” who were given an extra measure of faith. And for those who don’t serve overseas, we think of ourselves as “ordinary believers.” But Pastor J.D. explains that every Christian is called to the mission field—whether it’s across the world or across the street. Embracing the Go ...…
 
Many believers think ministry is a job for pastors and missionaries, not the work of “ordinary Christians.” But the truth is that there’s no such thing as an “ordinary Christian”! As you’re transformed by the gospel, you’re empowered to do amazing things for God. And whether he’s called you to go across the ocean or across the street, every one ...…
 
For many Christians, church is just an event that they attend on weekends, and switching churches is as easy as trying out a new movie theatre. But that’s not what God intended when he designed the church body, and it’s not going to lead to spiritual growth! Pastor J.D. challenges us to flip our view of church. It’s not about what I can get out ...…
 
If you only have one tomatillo plant in a garden, it’ll never produce any fruit because it needs other plants to cross-pollinate. And Christians are kind of like tomatillo plants in that way. Healthy believers will produce the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But fi ...…
 
At first glance, citrus trees look pretty much the same. Their leaves are the same color and their branches form similar shapes. So the best way to tell them apart is to look for the fruit. And the same is true of people! In John 15, Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” O ...…
 
When was the last time you decided you were going to make a change and become a better person? Maybe it was New Year’s Eve, or after a fight with your spouse or a reprimand at work. If you’re like most people, that determination probably lasted a few days and then you were right back where you started. Is real, permanent change even possible? O ...…
 
If you’ve ever felt bored by reading Scripture, you’re not alone. Many Christians enjoy going to church, singing worship songs, and listening to teaching, but struggle to actually read the Bible for themselves. We make excuses about being busy or not knowing where to begin, and we try to replace Bible reading by listening to sermons or reading ...…
 
We often refer to the first four books of the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—as “the gospels.” But Pastor J.D. reveals that the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is all one story: the story of Jesus Christ. It’s all the gospel! And as we go deeper into it, savoring the truths on every page of scripture, that’s when God tran ...…
 
Our journey with God begins when someone explains the gospel to us, how Jesus died for our sins and rose again to bring us new life. But then the question becomes, “Now what? What do I do next?” But that’s the wrong question. Pastor J.D. explains that true growth in the Christian life happens when you plunge deeper into the gospel. It doesn’t c ...…
 
On this edition of Summit Life, we’re beginning a new series that gets to the very heart of this ministry. It’s simply titled, Gospel. If you’ve been a believer for a while, you might think you’ve moved beyond the gospel. But Pastor J.D. argues that we never outgrow the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. In fact, getting deeper into th ...…
 
With the rise of social media, befriending someone has become as easy as clicking a button. If someone were to look at your Facebook or Twitter profile, it would probably seem like you have hundreds or even thousands of friends. But in truth, many of us are feeling more lonely and disconnected than ever before. On this edition of Summit Life, P ...…
 
When you’re in preschool, making friends is usually pretty easy. But as you get older, friendships become trickier. They require effort and vulnerability. Many people decide it’s not worth the effort and are satisfied with surface level friendships. But on this edition of Summit Life, Pastor J.D. describes why deep, intimate friendships are so ...…
 
In this program, we’ll continue a practical series called From the Beginning as we learn about God’s design for sex, marriage, and relationships. Pastor J.D. offers biblical wisdom to navigate the confusing process of dating. But beyond the practical aspects of finding a spouse, we’re also learning that marriage and singleness are both preparat ...…
 
There are few things in life as awkward as dating. And many single Christians feel like they can’t turn to scripture for help because the courtship process looked so different in ancient times. In fact, the word “dating” never even appears in the Bible! But even through the cultural differences, God’s word gives us everything we need for life a ...…
 
When most people enter marriage, they understand that it won’t all be smooth sailing. But even with this realistic perspective, we’re often surprised when the going gets rough. Without a biblical mindset, it’s tempting to give up and jump ship! So how can we restore a sinking marriage? And what is God’s plan for those who have already gone thro ...…
 
As most young couples plan their wedding day, they excitedly anticipate living “happily ever after” like all the fairy tales promise. But as the years tick by, they often discover that the butterflies fade, and the person they married isn’t the saint they imagined. Today, we’re tackling the painful topic of divorce—an issue that’s touched the l ...…
 
The topic of same-sex attraction is fraught with an incredible amount of hurt and anger. Too many families and churches have been ripped apart over the issue, and many people who identify with the LGBTQ community feel rejected by Christianity, and by extension, God. They’ve been told—either directly or through the actions of believers—that they ...…
 
Some churches have embraced a tolerant view of homosexual relationships, while other churches have openly protested, even alienated, the gay and lesbian community. Are either of these responses biblical? In this message, J.D. will set current trends aside to see what God’s word truly says about homosexual relationships.…
 
If you’re single and involved in a church, you’ve probably had some well-meaning person tell you that God is preparing you for the man or woman of your dreams. But this misses the point. In this message, J.D. points us away from our relationship status, married or not, and he points us towards our relationship with Christ. And whether you’re ma ...…
 
In many churches, single people are sometimes made to feel like outsiders. Everyone appears to be paired off, and a lot of energy goes into cultivating healthy families. As a result, and tragically, some singles admit to feeling like second class Christians. In this message, J.D. explains that God’s view is far different. In fact, the Bible oft ...…
 
Today’s culture tends to paint sexual expression, in any context, as a matter of personal choice. In movies, magazines and music we’re encouraged to follow any path that leads to pleasure. Conversely, the biblical model for sexuality is viewed as repressive, even unhealthy. But if that’s the case, then why have so many of us been burned by sexu ...…
 
Many people get uneasy when the preacher starts talking about personal issues. Especially when the subject is sex. But the fact is, sex is one of the few issues that’s addressed in nearly every book of the Bible. God has a lot to say about this topic, and in this series called From the Beginning, J.D. will explore the Scriptures for clarity and ...…
 
Those who don’t study history are destined to repeat it. So today, Pastor J.D. draws wisdom from the Old Testament--our greatest history book--revealing the tragic outcome when a society turns its back on God’s leading. Hear the final message in our series called Broken Saviors.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
Most of us have a friend or family member who’d call themself an atheist. But before you write that person off for their godless view of life it’s possible you may share something in common. Today we’re looking at the final chapters of the book of Judges. It’s a time when the Israelites turned their backs on God’s leading. They still acknowledg ...…
 
Today we continue our teaching series titled Broken Saviors by looking at the life of one of the most well-known Old Testament figures. Samson’s incredible strength made him seem larger than life, but we’re finding out that we’ve got a lot more in common with him than we think. Just like Samson, we’ve all fallen into the trap of our own desires ...…
 
Have you ever been told to “follow your heart?” This philosophy is pushed on us from a young age showing up in kids’ movies and popular music. I bet you can remember one of those songs right now! But today Pastor J.D. reveals that your own heart is usually your worst enemy. Today’s teaching represents the third part of a four-part message on th ...…
 
Have you ever finished the first book or movie in a series and felt frustrated or anxious with the ending? You’re ready for the next installment to see how everything comes together, right? Today, we’re continuing our study called Broken Saviors. As we come to the end of Judges later this week, we’ll find out that the entire book is just one po ...…
 
The Bible is filled with fascinating stories about heroes and villains. Some are parables, but most are real-life descriptions of men and women who struggled just as we do. Did you know these stories aren’t intended just to teach us moral lessons or simply to entertain us? They’re ultimately designed to point us to the person and work of God th ...…
 
Everyone loves a good hot dog. But in a humorous and memorable illustration, J.D. Greear likens the creation of hot dogs to Christians who manufacture their own Gospel pulling together a little of this and a little of that.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
Ever hear the phrase, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry?” Pastor J.D. exposes the danger of substituting God’s plan with our own. When we try to assume his role, it usually produces horrible results!By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
Do you have a tendency to take a bit too much credit for your success while overlooking God’s blessing in your life? Even with the best of intentions, the human heart always defaults toward pride. Today Pastor J.D. will continue our series, Broken Saviors. Beginning in Judges chapter 8, we see how Gideon’s victory as a warrior began to inflate ...…
 
Being successful can sometimes be dangerous. Once we’ve scored a few victories and our leadership produces notoriety and fame, we’re tempted to give ourselves far more credit than we deserve. Well, today Pastor J.D. will show us that even our biblical heroes fell into this same trap. As we trace the footsteps of Gideon, we’ll discover how this ...…
 
God loves to take flawed and scandalous characters to accomplish amazing achievements for his glory. Pastor J.D. tells us the shocking story of Gideon, an insecure, unqualified underdog who God transformed into one of Israel’s greatest leaders.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
Have you ever felt like the underdog? The Black sheep? Thankfully, when God wants to accomplish something great, he often chooses the most unlikely characters to lead the cause. Pastor J.D. provides convincing evidence as we look at the life of Gideon.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
C.S. Lewis once said, “Courage is one of the least talked about Christian virtues, but courage is essential to all the others.” Pastor J.D. illustrates how God can transform our fear into courage in order to grow us in character and ultimately accomplish his plan.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
When God wants us to step forward and lead a campaign, we often get knots in our stomach. Insecurity, nervousness and fear are all natural responses to this call to leadership. Pastor J.D. provides a helpful lesson on what it looks like to step to the front as we hear the story of Gideon.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
Sometimes we view church attendance as optional, rather than an opportunity to meet with the God of the universe. Pastor J.D. tells an Old Testament story that illustrates how God calls every man and woman to become actively engaged whether you’re a leader or a follower. No spectators allowed!By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
This passage in Judges has special significance for Pastor J.D, as a dad of three smart, high-spirited daughters. This passage speaks to what he hopes for them, and dreams for them, and prays over them. It is the story of Deborah, the only female judge. Guys, don’t zone out. There is plenty in here for you, too.…
 
Nobody enjoys pain, right? In fact, when we suffer, we look for any means possible to escape. But according to Scripture, sometimes God uses our pain to draw us back to him. Today Pastor J.D. invites us to follow along as we trace the footsteps of an Old Testament character. His story helps us understand God’s compassion and love, even when he ...…
 
Today, we’re venturing into the book of Judges where God exposes the Israelites for their lack of courage. Through their example, we’ll discover how to overcome our fears and choose faith instead.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
As flawed human beings, sometimes we get complacent about following God. Our failures defeat us. And before long, we begin to compromise and let things slide. Today on Summit Life, Pastor J.D. explains how we can find power and freedom in following Christ.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
On today’s program, we’re launching a new study in the book of Judges called Broken Saviors. Over the next few weeks, we’ll discover that we’re a lot like the Israelites who let their fear get in the way of their progress.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
In our series called Phantom Faith, Pastor J.D. has been describing “zombie Christians”—those who look and act like they’re really saved, but are only going through the motions of the Christian life. He concludes this study with a message in Mark chapter 8.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
Christians might be “in the world” and not “of it,” but we’re still impacted by our consumerist culture! We shop around to get the best price, haggle with salespeople, and throw things out when they no longer serve our needs. There’s nothing wrong with that mindset in the business world, but it gets dangerous when we bring that into our churche ...…
 
What does the Bible mean when it says believers are dead to sin? Does it mean that Christians never mess up? And if that’s the case, then why does every Christian still struggle with sin? Can anybody really be saved? Pastor J.D. answers that question as we continue our series called Phantom Faith.By J.D. Greear Ministries.
 
If you ask someone when they became a Christian, they’d probably point to a moment where they prayed “the sinners prayer!” But is praying a certain prayer really a magic ticket into heaven? Is that really all that salvation is? Pastor J.D. answers that question as we continue our series called Phantom Faith.…
 
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