ChurchSpiritual Growth

The Blessing of Peacemaking

The world needs peacemakers. Sometimes our cities look like war zones. Even when we aren’t literally on fire, digital media invites the spreading of incendiary words.


Help! My Kids Don’t Like Going to Church

For families with kids, Sunday mornings can be a theater for spiritual drama. Whether you have toddlers who scream that their church shoes pinch, or teenagers who slouch out the door fifteen minutes late, it’s not easy to get to church.


3 Ways God Loves the Church (and You Should Too)

Jim came to our church from prison. Over the decades, his life had taken many turns, but none of them had passed through the door of a gospel-preaching church.


5 Ways God Might Be Displeased with Your Worship

Many people are shocked when they read the account of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10. These two priests offered to the Lord “strange fire” and as a result were killed by God.


The Grace of Presence

Why do video conferences—even those with the best internet connection—feel lacking despite reasonably approximating a table gathering? Why is texting amazingly helpful and frustratingly unsatisfying?


Why the Church Must Become a Cross-Cultural Community

Most of us who have enjoyed Bible studies know the richness of digging into the Scriptures directly with each other. But we rarely do it together. Do we believe that the gospel really has the power to create not only saved individuals but also a saved culture?


4 Ways Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When It’s Hard)

Around the corner from where I live, a house is for sale. In bold green letters, the lawn sign reads: “I’m Gorgeous Inside!”


Think You Don’t Need a Church to Know Jesus? Think Again.

During the summer at one of our Summit campuses, an Afghan woman—I’ll call her Hadiya—showed up to VBS and, with a very limited vocabulary, let the staff know she was there for her 5-year-old to attend the event. 


How Can the Church Welcome Those Who Mourn?

Episode 462 | Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier answer questions about temptation, losing salvation, the eternal destiny of people in the Old Testament, and struggling with church attendance after the suicide of a child.


Must Confession Be Exhaustive In Order to Be Effective?

Episode 460 |  Pastor Adriel Sanchez and Dr. Bill Maier answer questions about tithing and giving during job loss, the frequency of communion, and confessing sexual sin.