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Morning Gathering Cancelled, January 15 2017

Morning Gathering Cancelled, Jan 15 In anticipation of increased freezing rain through the morning, frozen walkways, and taking an abundance of caution for those who travel from outside the immediate area, our morning gathering is cancelled for Sunday, January 15, 2017....

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Revised Sunday Schedule, January 15, 2017

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Revised Sunday Schedule for January 15, 2017 Due to the expected icing and winter weather, the Sunday morning schedule for tomorrow is being revised. Sunday School and Equipping classes will be cancelled tomorrow morning. The main gathering is scheduled to continue at the normal time of 10:30 am. An update with any changes will be provided at 7:00 am through web, FB, Twi...

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Strengthening Your Marriage Equipping Class

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New equipping classes for January through May begin this Sunday, January 8. The aim of our weekly Equipping Classes is to prepare members for effectively living out and serving others with the gospel. This Winter and Spring, we are excited to take some concentrated time to equip our members in five key areas: Bible Study, Sermon Study, Foundations, Christian Living an...

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Elder Affirmation Results - Sam Karl and Rob Stouffer

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Sunday, November 27, during our Member's Meeting, Summit Woods Baptist Church voted to affirm or reject the Elder's recommendation that Sam Karl and Rob Stouffer serve a three year term as elders. Both Sam and Rob received far above the two-thirds majority vote required by our by-laws to begin serving as an elder. We are grateful for God's leadership through His people a...

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Baptism Testimony - Gary Tormanen

We have received a number of comments of how encouraging and helpful these baptism testimonies of God's grace have been to our membership, and pray that you will see the greatness of God in how he saves sinners. Gary Tormanen - Baptism TestimonyPreview XSize100% 50% 75% 100% Align None None Left Right Center Add ThumbnailRemove ThumbnailRemove Video  ...

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Baptism Testimony - Joey Welsh

We have received a number of comments of how encouraging and helpful these baptism testimonies of God's grace have been to our membership, and pray that you will see the greatness of God in how he saves sinners. Joey WelshPreview XSize100% 50% 75% 100% Align None None Left Right Center Add ThumbnailRemove ThumbnailRemove Video  ...

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Philosophy of Music in Our Corporate Gathering

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At our quarterly Member's Meeting, August 28, the elders presented a document that outlines the approach and philosopy of music for our corporate gatherings at SWBC.  This document, based primarily upon a nine-part sermon series by Bret Capranica, seeks to communicate to our congregation what we aim to accomplish and emphasize musically in our corporate gatherings. I...

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SWBC on Spotify

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Corporate worship is the external display of God's worth when the church gathers. The focus of all worship, whether private or corporate, is on our internal delight in God's worth rather than any outward forms. Our music in our main Sunday gatherings, therefore, will emphasize the worthiness of God; as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, appreciated through the gospel...

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Preparing for Sunday - Samuel Nelson

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Samuel Nelson This Sunday morning we welcome Samuel Nelson to our pulpit. Samuel and his wife Joy were former members of Summit Woods. While attending here, Samuel was able to participate on the worship team; he and Joy served together in the children’s ministry, and Samuel later became an interim leader in the junior high and high school student ministries. F...

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Grace Alone

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This past Sunday morning, the worship team introduced a new song for our corporate gatherings, Grace Alone. Based upon Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus, may this song strengthen our understanding of the grace by which we were saved, the mercy we experience, and the salvation we have in Christ! And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, fo...

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Vacation Bible School - June 6-10

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VBS is open to children from 3 years old through 6th grade, and includes music, crafts, outdoor adventure, and learning from God’s word, the Bible. VBS is Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. This event is a highlight each year for our Children's Ministry, and serves as a great outreach event for the families of Summit Woods. Register online now, or if yo...

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Preparing for Sunday - John Powell

This Sunday, John Powell will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. John will be the main teacher for our students during their Discple Now activities this weekend. He'll be teaching on creating "Your Future Self," guiding them to see how decisions and disciplines they develop as young people will greatly influence their future; with a focus on their practical ...

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Preparing for Christmas and Advent

This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent, and our anticipation, personally and corporately, begins to look forward to our celebration of Christmas.  Christmas, more than any other annual celebration in the Christian calendar, has such a rich tradition of corporate and family singing.  Singing Christmas carols and hymns can evoke such wonderful memories of our...

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Baptism Testimonies - Rhett and Taylor Bouvia

This past summer we had a number of baptisms, and would like to present the video testimonies which accompanied each baptism in a series of blog posts over the next several weeks. We have received a number of comments of how encouraging and helpful these testimonies of God's grace have been to our membership, and pray that you will see the greatness of God in how he saves ...

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Come and Stand Before Your Maker

During our morning gathering this past Sunday, we introduced a new song to Summit Woods; Come and Stand Before Your Maker. This song of exaltation centers upon the call to worship; especially a believers response to rejoice in God in all circumstances. It is an echo to the psalmist's call in 2:11 "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling" (ESV), and Paul in Ph...

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Baptism Testimonies - Drew Honigman & Colton Honigman

This past summer we had a number of baptisms, and would like to present the video testimonies which accompanied each baptism in a series of blog posts over the next several weeks. We have received a number of comments of how encouraging and helpful these testimonies of God's grace have been to our membership, and pray that you will see the greatness of God in how he saves ...

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2015 Ignite Conference

Next weekend, November 6-8, our Grounded Student ministry will be taking a group of students to the Ignite Conference in Hutchinson, KS. The conference is an opportunity for like-minded churches to come together and provide their students an opportunity to hear Biblical speakers who will encourage their growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ....

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Baptism Testimonies - Cameron and Clairen Lindsey

This past summer we had a number of baptisms, and would like to present the video testimonies which accompanied each baptism in a series of blog posts over the next several weeks. We have received a number of comments of how encouraging and helpful these testimonies of God's grace have been to our membership, and pray that you will see the greatness of God in how he saves ...

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Summit Woods Meal Ministry

We are very excited to introduce a new approach to providing meals for those in our body who are in need. All in our body are encouraged to pick one month of the year to sign up to provide meals. Please pick a month that will work best for your schedule. If you would like to pick more than one month, feel free to sign up more than once. You will be “on-call” f...

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Touring the Old Testament

This past summer, Pastor Bret has continued our summer schedule of preaching through the Old Testament. These sermons serve as overviews of these books; and seek to capture the theme, purpose, and context of each book as a whole. This years sermons covered the wisdom and poetic books of the Old Testament; sweeping from Psalms to capping off this past week with the closing ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Samuel Bierig

This Sunday, Samuel Bierig will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Sam serves as the Director of Student Life and Events at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sam pastored in Arkansas for six years and now regularly preaches in churches around the Kansas City area. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Ouachita Baptist University and has almost...

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Preparing for Sunday - Lee White

This Sunday, Lee White, Minister to Students at First Baptist Church Ellisville, MO, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Lee White ministers to students as a part of the staff at FBCE. Prior to his work at FBCE, Lee served as Bible teacher at Legacy Christian Academy in California and he has been working with students for over 12 years. Lee graduated Sou...

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Elder Affirmation Results - Adam Naler

Sunday, December 14, following our morning gathering, Summit Woods Baptist Church voted to affirm or reject the Elder's recommendation that Adam Naler serve a three year term as elder. Adam received far above the two-thirds majority vote required by our by-laws to begin serving as an elder. We are grateful for God's leadership through His people at Summit Woods and look ...

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Preparing for Christmas and Advent Singing

This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent, and our anticipation, personally and corporately, begins to look forward to our celebration of Christmas.  Christmas, more than any other annual celebration in the Christian calendar, has such a rich tradition of corporate and family singing.  Singing Christmas carols and hymns can evoke such wonderful memories of our...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Carefully Think Read 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 For whom does Paul express thanks? Who is the object of thanksgiving? What reasons does Paul give for his thanksgiving? How would you characterize the quality of these reasons? Prayerfully Meditate Are your prayers for Summit Woods permeated with thanksgiving to the Lord? Are you regularly moved by specific evidences ...

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New Elder Candidate - Adam Naler

In 2007, Summit Woods Baptist Church adopted a new Constitution and By-Laws which implemented an elder-led form of church polity. In 2009, the first elders were chosen by the congregation and began serving. Building on this necessary and biblical approach to church polity is a constant prayerful mindset and quest for the existing elders. One of the most important prioritie...

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But God

This Sunday morning, the worship team will introduce a new song for our corporate gatherings. One of the values that drive the selection, arrangement, and production of our music, is that what we sing will be scripturally driven. This emphasis was behind the writing of But God, by Michael Bleecker, as he puts Ephesians 2:4-7 and 1 Peter 2:9 to verse and melody. May th...

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How to pursue a helpful discussion over biblical truths for either small groups or personal conversation

In studying God's Word with others, what are the most helpful questions to ask? How can we facilitate better discussion over scripture with our families? The following is an exerpt from our Growth Group Leader training manual, and would be helpful for leading a biblical discussion in a group or personal discipleship setting.  Asking questions We do not want any of o...

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Elder Affirmation Results

Sunday, September 7, following our morning gathering, Summit Woods Baptist Church voted to affirm or reject the Elder's recommendation that Todd Arnold and Brett Harris serve a three year term as elders. Both Todd and Brett received far above the two-thirds majority vote required by our by-laws to begin serving as an elder. We are grateful for God's leadership through Hi...

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Yours is the Kingdom & But God

Sunday evening, the worship team will introduce 2 new songs for our corporate gatherings.  Over the next few months, these songs will be incorporated into our song selections.  As each song is introduced, a blog post will be posted with lyrics, links to purchase and view the song, and a brief synopsis.  We hope these resources will not only assist our gather...

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Elder Candidate - Brett Harris

In 2007, Summit Woods Baptist Church adopted a new Constitution and By-Laws which implemented an elder-led form of church polity. In 2009, the first elders were chosen by the congregation and began serving. Building on this necessary and biblical approach to church polity is a constant prayerful mindset and quest for the existing elders. One of the most important prioritie...

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Preparing for Sunday - John Mark Yeats

This Sunday, Dr. John Mark Yeats, Dean at Midwestern Baptist College, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Dr. John Mark Yeats serves as the undergraduate dean for Midwestern Baptist College. Dr. Yeats earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, and Criswell ...

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Not In Me

Over the last few months we have been introducing a few new songs for singing together in our corporate worship gatherings.  This week, the choir will sing, and we will sing together in our Morning Gathering, Not In Me. This song is from a larger project called, Songs for the Book of Luke, and coordinated by The Gospel Coalition.   From the a...

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Man of Sorrows

This week, we will sing together in our Morning Gathering, Man of Sorrows. With it's simple lyric and memorable chorus, this meditation on the passion of Christ and the gospel will serve us well in our corporate gatherings and in our homes as we reflect on Christ's work on the cross. Man of Sorrow Purchase MP3 Video Lyrics VERSEMan of sorrows Lamb of GodBy H...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:1-12

Carefully Think Read Matthew 16:1-12. How would you sum up this passage in one sentence? Compare this passage with Mark 8:11-21. What is similar/different? Read verses 1-4. What do the Pharisees and Sadducees ask of Jesus? Why?  What is Jesus' response? Read verses 5-12. What are the disciples concerned with?  What is Jesus' response? What is Jesus trying ...

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Our Only Hope Is You

This week, we will sing together in our Morning Gathering, Our Only Hope Is You.  This song is based on Romans 3:9-26, declaring the depravity of the soul shackled to sin and a complete dependence upon God to save the lost by the gracious work of His Son, Jesus Christ.  May this song be a means of helping your family to express continued dependence on Christ...

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Show Us Christ

This past Sunday evening, the worship team introduced 3 new songs for our corporate gatherings.  Over the next few months, these songs will be incorporated into our song selections.  As each song is introduced, a blog post will be posted with lyrics, link to purchase and view the song, and a brief synopsis.  We hope these resources will not only assist our g...

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Family Worship

This past Sunday evening, during our Evening Gathering, our focus centered upon Family Worship.  Pastor Bret spoke on the practicalities of meeting together as a family to read scripture, sing, and pray; fitting within the greater purpose of instructing our families to love God with all their hearts, minds, and souls.  Included below are the audio to that message...

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Preparing for Sunday - Lou Priolo

We welcome to our pulpit this Sunday, Lou Priolo. Mr. Priolo is the Director of Biblical Counseling at Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Liberty University, and is the author of several books, including The Heart of Anger, The Complete Husband, Teach Them Diligently and Pleasing People. In addition to his books, Lou ha...

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REVISED SWBC Schedule for Sunday, March 2

The area is under a winter storm warning, and due to the large amounts of ice and predicted snow the Sunday morning schedule is being revised. All adult Equipping Classes, student Sunday School, children's Sunday School, and 9 am nursery are cancelled. The Sunday Morning Gathering will take place as usual at 10:30 am. 9:00 am Sunday School and Equipping Classes - CANCELL...

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On Baptism

At our quarterly Member's Meeting, February 23, the elders presented a document that outlines the approach and application of Baptism at SWBC.  The document and a link to Bret Capranica's sermon on baptism (5/8/2011) can be found below. We welcome and invite your questions, feedback, and improvements of this statement. Feel free to contact any of the elders individua...

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All Wednesday Activities Cancelled - February 5

All activities for Wednesday, February 5, 2014 will be cancelled due to the snow storm. We look forward to seeing you at our Morning Gathering, Sunday, February 9! Please note, the office will be closed on Wednesday as well....

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Dinner for Six

Dinner for Six provides an opportunity to get to know other people within the church. Meet and form friendships with people in our church by hosting and attending three dinners together over a nine month period. The host provides the main course and the others in the group contribute the rest of the meal. The meals can be simple or fancy, pot luck or themed. The choice is ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:38-42

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:38-42. Sum up this passage's main idea in one sentence. How does this passage fit specifically within Matthew 12? Why would the scribes and Pharisees be seeking a sign? Why does Jesus refer to Jonah?  Solomon? What would his answer have indicated about the heart of the religious leaders?  In what ways were they failing to a...

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REVISED SWBC Schedule for Sunday, December 22

The area is under a winter storm warning, and due to the large amounts of ice and predicted snow the Sunday morning schedule is being revised. All adult Equipping Classes, student Sunday School, children's Sunday School, and 9 am nursery are cancelled. The Sunday Morning Gathering will take place as usual at 10:30 am. 9:00 am Sunday School and Equipping Classes - CANCELL...

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Christian Worship & Christmas Music

This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent, and our anticipation, personally and corporately, begins to look forward to our celebration of Christmas.  Christmas, more than any other annual celebration in the Christian calendar, has such a rich tradition of corporate and family singing.  Singing Christmas carols and hymns can evoke such wonderful memories of our...

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2014 Ministry Plan and Budget

At our quarterly Member's Meeting, November 17, the elders presented the 2014 Ministry Plan and Budget.  Included below are the documents that were handed out to those in attendance.  The first document is the 2014 Ministry Plan and Budget that will be voted on in a Special Called Member's Meeting following the Morning Gathering on Sunday, December 15.  The ...

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Preparing for Sunday - David M. McAlpin

This Sunday, Dr. David M. McAlpin, Vice President for Student Development and Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. He comes to Midwestern with over 25 years of experience as a senior pastor, having served churches in Tennessee, Florida, and Missouri. During his 14+ ...

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Preparing for Sunday - James 5:19-20

This Sunday, Dr. Ben Awbrey, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Dr. Awbrey teaches expository preaching at Midwestern Seminary, and served as Interim Preacher for Summit Woods from September 2009 until October 2010. He received a Doctor of Theology in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity from Southwest...

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Preparing for Sunday - Acts 18:24-28

This Sunday, Ryan Bowman, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Ryan was raised in Friendswood, TX and came to know the Lord as a fifth-grader at Sagemont Baptist Church in Sagemont, TX. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas (Bachelor of Arts – Sociology) and graduated cum laude from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Mast...

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Preparing for Sunday - Jude 3-7

Carefully Think Read the book of Jude. Who is Jude speaking to in this letter?  For what purpose does he say he is writing? Read Jude 3-7 How does Jude address his audience? Where are those whom Jude is warning the "beloved" about? What are the works of Jesus that Jude mentions by way of reminder?  What is the consequence for rejecting Christ? Prayerfu...

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

In the Morning Gathering this Sunday, we will take together the Lord's Supper.  Each time we take the elements together, we sing hymns and songs that serve to focus our thoughts and attention to the cross.  This time of singing has become a rich opportunity for us, as the body of Christ, to express together the extent, sufficiency, and wonder of the atonement and...

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Preparing for Sunday - Titus 2:1-10

Carefully Think Read Titus 2:1-10 What three groups of people does Paul center upon in this passage? With each group. list those characteristics Paul gives that mark a gospel-centered people? Based on that list, what should characterize a gospel-centered family? Prayerfully Meditate In what category of people listed in Titus 2:1-10 would you place yourself? &nb...

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REVISED SWBC Snow Schedule for Sunday, March 24

The area is again under a winter storm warning with the brunt of the storm due to hit the area by tomorrow morning, Sunday, March 24. Due to the large amounts of predicted snow the Sunday morning schedule is being revised. All adult Equipping Classes, student Sunday School, children's Sunday School, and 9 am nursery are cancelled. The Sunday Morning Gathering will take pl...

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All Wednesday Evening Activities Cancelled

All activities for Wednesday, February 27, 2013 will be cancelled due to the snow storm. We look forward to seeing you at our Morning Gathering, Sunday, March 3!...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:7-12

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:7-12. How does this section on prayer fit in this context? How do you know?  Compare this with the similar account in Luke 11:9-13. Read John 1:12 and Matthew 7:11. What do these verses say about how God views those who are His children? What do these encouragements to pray say about our relationship with the Heavenly Father? What ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Paul Meinsen

This Sunday, Paul Meinsen, Missouri State Director for Capitol Commission, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Paul is a native Missourian; born in Joplin and raised in Springfield. He is the oldest of four boys who grew up in a Christian home that taught the importance of honoring God and loving His people. After graduating from Central High Schoo...

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Christmas Eve Gathering - O Holy Night

O Holy Night has become a staple for many churches at Christmas time.  The familiar melody and soaring chorus are at once recognizable.  A few years ago I stumbled upon alternate words for this great song (unattributed), and we have used them in our Christmas Eve service ever since.  They capture well the birth narrative, a humble response of praise, and a r...

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Preparing for Sunday - Jason K. Allen

This Sunday, Dr. Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Dr. Allen was elected by the Midwestern Board of Trustees as the Seminary’s fifth president on Monday, Oct. 15. Most recently, he was the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and...

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I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow

In Bret's ongoing exposition through the gospel of Matthew, we have, for several weeks, been steeped in Christ's sermon on the mount.  In teaching of those priorities that mark a Kingdom-Kind of people, we have examined those values of ultimate satisfaction (Beatitudes), the influence of kingdom people, the lasting value of God's law and getting to the heart of its in...

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My Song is Love Unknown

Over the past several weeks, we have been corporately singing an old hymn by Samuel Crossman.  Written in 1664, My Song is Love Unknown is a personal reflection upon the unsurpassed mercy of God in Christ's death and it's implications for sinful man. Much of the subtle simplicity of these gospel reflections, with its 17th century english word order and poeti...

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Elder Re-Affirmation Results

Sunday, October 21, following our morning worship gathering, Summit Woods Baptist Church voted to affirm or reject the Elder's recommendation that Rob Stouffer serve a second three year term as elder. Rob received far above the two-thirds majority vote required by our by-laws to begin serving a second term as an elder. We are grateful for God's leadership through His peo...

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Reaffirmation of Elders

The following is the announcement by the elders (read by Bret Capranica) on reaffirming Rob Stouffer as an elder for a second term. According to our bylaws, lay elders serve 3-year terms.  An elder may be affirmed to serve two consecutive terms before our bylaws stipulate they must take a year off before serving again as an elder. In October, Rob Stouffer and B...

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