Summit Baptist Church

Summit Baptist Church is located in Acworth, GA. Join us on Sunday mornings for Connections Bible Study at 09:30 AM and Worship at 11:00 AM As an autonomous Southern Baptist Church we believe:

Scripture Alone: The Bible is the only inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative word of God, and is the only source for Christian doctrine.

Christ Alone: Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is salvation through no other means. Grace Alone: Salvation comes by divine grace or "unmerited favor" only, not as something merited by the sinner. Faith Alone: Justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. The Glory of God Alone: There is one and only one living and true God. All glory is to be due to GOD alone.

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[06/06/21]   Join us live today @ 11am

06/05/2021

Summit’s Food Pantry was able to distribute 44 boxes of food in May this year! What an amazing act of service to our community. This would not be possible without the support of our Church staff, superb volunteers and of course, YOU, church family. THANK YOU! #Serve #HelpForHardTimes #FoodPantry

Summit’s Food Pantry was able to distribute 44 boxes of food in May this year! What an amazing act of service to our community. This would not be possible without the support of our Church staff, superb volunteers and of course, YOU, church family. THANK YOU! #Serve #HelpForHardTimes #FoodPantry

[06/04/21]   #PrayerPrompt:

Pray for our Senior Adult Ministry.

[06/04/21]   Good morning,

(Thank you for allowing me to send this devotion a little early. I will be traveling tomorrow morning to spend the day with my 84 year-old father who has been struggling for the past few weeks. I Hope it will provide you the same encouragement I received as I studied this passage.)

Paul has been providing clarification on teaching he provided during his visit to Thessalonica. It is necessary because false teaching had invaded the church. In the process, his second letter could easily have created anxiety among these young Christians. A period of rebellion and the anticipation of an antichrist appearing could easily generate anxiety. It is clear Paul was motivated to provide an encouraging word to the Thessalonian Christians. He also commends them for continuing to be faithful in spite of persecution and trial. In verses fifteen through seventeen, Paul provides an exhortation.

“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

This pastoral word to his brothers and sisters is simply – stand firm. The encouragement to stand firm is one Paul frequently provided to the Christians in the churches he established.

To the church in Colossae, he said: “Once you were alienated form God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and FIRM, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.” (Colossians 1:21-23a)
To the church in Corinth, he said: “Be on your guard; stand FIRM in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:23) To the church in Philippi, he said: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence I will know that you STAND FIRM in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” (Philippians 1:27-28a)
And to the church in Ephesus, Paul said: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can TAKE YOUR STAND against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11) (The capitalizations and bolding are mine.)

The point in sharing each of those passages is to remind us that Christians in every church, season, and generation need to stand firm. Christians take their stand against the devil’s schemes remembering that our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 5:12) The only way Christians will have the strength to stand firm is when they are filled and empowered with the Holy Spirit, when they “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2Corinthians 10:5) When they make the commitment to “not merely listen to the world and deceive themselves, but do what it says.” (James 1:22) When they remember that “The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.” (Exodus 15:2)

When they “look to the Lord for their strength and seek His face always.” (1 Chronicles 16:11) When they know that “the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) And when they remember that God said to Joshua (and to us!) “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Those are only a few verses from God’s Word that can provide strength and encouragement to Christians to stand firm. The Word of God has everything we need to be victorious in our physical lives and God will provide through “His divine POWER (He) has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them we may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the word caused by evil desire (standing firm). For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8) That is a perfect recipe for finding a pathway that leads to standing firm in our faith!!! Those are also the truths Paul would have included in the teaching he passed on to his young Christian brothers and sisters.

As he closes what we know today as chapter two, Paul offers a prayer on behalf of the Thessalonian Christians. May Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father give them eternal encouragement and good hope. They had the encouragement of knowing that Christ, the Son and God the Father loved them. Today’s Christians know that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. Even with that knowledge, we need constant encouragement of God’s love. That is one of the greatest blessings that comes from being a part of a local body of Christ. We have the opportunity to regularly remind each other through Bible study and worship of God’s love for us.

Paul prays that they will be aware of God’s grace, which we know today is unlimited for God is a God of grace and mercy. Paul is suggesting that the knowledge of God’s love and grace would provide eternal encouragement to his Thessalonian brothers and sisters. That can also serve as great encouragement to Christians in 2021 in light of the evil world they occupy. Paul then shares another benefit of being the recipient of the love and grace of Jesus Christ and God the Father – good hope.

The hope Paul is referencing is the hope we have found in Jesus Christ. There is hope in Jesus Christ: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” (1 Peter 1:3-4) This passage describes perfectly the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Ours is a living hope that just as Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, we have been “resurrected” into a new life in Jesus Christ, a life that will guarantee an eternal inheritance as co-heirs with Christ. That inheritance is found in heaven and will never be taken away.

Paul had already referred to that hope in his first letter: “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8) Our hope is the hope of our salvation. When that hope is present, it should have an impact on what we do and what we say. Paul closes this section by sharing that the HOPE we acquire through the grace of God should encourage us to be strong in doing and saying what is good.

That is a strong word of encouragement to Christians living in the kind of world the Thessalonian Christians were living in. They were being persecuted, they were living in a paganistic culture, in an evil world with anti-Christian people and forces. Still, Paul is reminding them of the hope they have in God’s grace. It is the same hope available for Christians today.

Have a great day!

Jimmy Slick

06/03/2021

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06/03/2021

Who: Senior Adult Group
What: Sightseeing in Williamsburg and Jamestown with a special Colonial-style Dinner in Williamsburg
When: August 30 - September 3, 2021
Where: WIlliamsburg, VA
Why: Why not??

Contact @Lee Gambrell for details or to sign up: [email protected]

Who: Senior Adult Group
What: Sightseeing in Williamsburg and Jamestown with a special Colonial-style Dinner in Williamsburg
When: August 30 - September 3, 2021
Where: WIlliamsburg, VA
Why: Why not??

Contact @Lee Gambrell for details or to sign up: [email protected]

[06/03/21]   Good morning,

Paul spent most of what our modern Bibles record as chapter two of his second letter to the church in Thessalonica drawing his reader’s attention to the man of lawlessness and the timing related to when he will be revealed and subsequently, the second coming of Christ. As Paul describes the course of events that will occur, he also reminds his readers how those who have rejected Christ will become deceived and ultimately condemned to death. One can imagine at this point Paul’s reader could be experiencing a significant amount of discouragement. They may also be asking themselves what is in store for them. Paul answers that in the conclusion of chapter two.

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first-fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2:13-17)

Paul begins this section using the same thanksgiving he started the letter: “we ought to always thank God for you brothers and sisters.” He is thankful for them because their faith is growing more and more, their love for one another and their perseverance under trial is continuing. He reminds them that they are loved by the Lord. One can imagine how encouraging it would have been for the Thessalonian Christian to be reminded of Christ’s love for them. Being reminded of Christ’s love for today’s Christian can also be a great source of encouragement.

He provides further encouragement. God chose them as the first-fruits of those to be saved. The majority of those in the Thessalonian church would have been Gentiles. However, it seems natural they would have had an understanding of what it meant to be described as the first-fruits. Among the nation of Israel, the first-fruit offering was the portion of the harvest that was dedicated to God. It was thought to represent the best part of the harvest. It began with instructions given to Moses and recorded in Exodus: “Bring the best of the first-fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.” (23:19) Both the Greek and Roman cultures also observed an offering of the first-fruits, which in their cases were offered to their deities.

Jesus Christ is also recorded in scripture as a first-fruit: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruit of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:20) The inference is that the Thessalonian Christians will overcome death as Christ did because they are in Christ. They have been chosen as first-fruits based on two criteria – the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and their belief in the truth.

The Holy Spirit draws men to Jesus Christ so that He will be glorified. “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He WILL GLORIFY ME, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-14)

God uses the Holy Spirit to complete the work of sanctification in the lives of believers. “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26) “But now you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” (Romans 6:22) “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22) We grow in our sanctification when we walk in step with the Spirit: “So, I say walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh…Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16,17,25)

Paul also states that they have believed the truth as opposed to those who have rejected the truth. The truth they had believed was the truth about Jesus Christ that Paul taught. Paul had already shared the role of the Holy Spirit in revealing God’s truth in his first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica: “For we know brothers and sisters loved by God, that He has chosen you because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5) He is commending them for believing the truth they had received.

Paul also shares they were called through the gospel so that they could share in the glory of Jesus Christ. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory” (Romans 8:17) “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and You in Me – so that they may be brought to complete unity.” (John 27: 22-23)

I am sure Paul was intending for this passage to provide great encouragement to the Thessalonian Christian. He is reminding them that they are not included in those who are going to be condemned. The expression “brothers and sisters” should be interpreted as those who are a part of the family of God. This group is more than just a part of the “family.” They are among the first-fruits; they have been “saved”; they are being sanctified through the Holy Spirit; and they enjoy the position of being first-fruits because they accepted the truth about Jesus Christ. Ultimately, THEY will share in the glory of Jesus Christ. What an incredible statement!!!

This passage, while written specifically to the Thessalonian Christian – a group of believers living in a pagan world, facing persecution, false teaching, those who had stopped working, those who were busy bodies, etc., it can easily apply to the Christian of every generation.

We have been called to be children of God, we have been given the gift of salvation, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, truth we have accepted, and we are being sanctified through that Spirit. Hopefully, that truth will bring encouragement to believers of every generation.

We will finish the balance of this section tomorrow.

Jimmy Slick

06/03/2021

2 Jun Bible Study

06/02/2021
06/02/2021

No Refuel tonight! We do have 2 summer dates! June 16th & July 21st!

No Refuel tonight! We do have 2 summer dates! June 16th & July 21st!

06/02/2021

SUMMIT STUDENTS AND PARENTS: Summer Camp meeting is this Sunday on Zoom at 3:00pm. We will go over all the camp info you need and answer any questions you may have!

SUMMIT STUDENTS AND PARENTS: Summer Camp meeting is this Sunday on Zoom at 3:00pm. We will go over all the camp info you need and answer any questions you may have!

06/02/2021

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[06/02/21]   Good morning!

Paul is the process of sharing with the Christians in Thessalonica what to expect as it relates to the man of lawlessness and specifically, how Christians should respond. As he continues, he paints a dismal picture regarding the antichrist’s ability to deceive the world when his power is established.

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (v. 9-12)

Paul has just referred to the second coming of Christ: “…the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming.” (v8.) He now draws the attention of his reader to the coming of the lawless one.

There are three main characters identified either directly or indirectly in these verses in additional to the man of lawlessness. The first is Satan. Paul shares that the coming of antichrist will be the work of Satan. Scripture records that Satan is filled with violence and sin: “You were the seal of perfection full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God, every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your setting and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways form the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence and you sinned.” (Ezekiel 28:12-16)

The apostle John also recorded Jesus’ description of Satan: “You belong to your father, the devil (those who have rejected Christ) and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there in no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) So, Paul is saying that the coming of the lawless one will mirror the character of “his father” Satan. That means that everything about him will be violent, sinful, and full of lies.

The passage also states that the man of lawlessness will use a variety of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie. We know that the coming of Jesus Christ accompanied great displays of power and wonders. He healed the sick, brought the dead back to life, calmed the sea, released multitudes from demon possession, as well as healing multitudes. The goal of the display of the powers of the lawlessness man will be to deceive “those who are perishing,” which leads us to the second character(s) in this passage. It may seem difficult to believe that this man will be able to wield great power, but the passage in Ezekiel provides a glimpse of the role God ordained Satan to fill when he was created. That would have included great power. Unfortunately, he has used that power for evil. There is nothing to suggest that Satan will be restricted from exercising his power through the antichrist.

The second character in this drama is a multitude, those who have rejected receiving Jesus Christ. One could easily ask, how people could become so easily deceived from the lies that will be disbursed by the man of lawlessness, even if they are not Christians. Can people become so easily deceived? Movements throughout history provide confirmation that the masses have been and are easily deceived. The Jim Jones massacre in November of 1978 where over 900 members of the Peoples Temple died is an example. They were deluded into believing the lies Jim Jones promoted. In 1997, the heaven’s gate cult is another example. They believed that the earth was going to be destroyed by supernatural forces and the only way to survive was to escape to what they called the “next level.” On March 26th Marhsall Applewhite and his followers committed su***de so that “they could gain access to their terrestrial forms.” Most remember the Branch Davidian Seventh-Day Adventists mass su***de in 1994. While those events may astound us because we question how those involved could have become so deluded, they are examples that confirm those without the discernment of the Holy Spirit in their lives can be easily deceived.

Paul shares those he is referencing are easily deceived, confirmed by his statement they are already perishing, an indication that they have rejected the Holy Spirit. Without the presence of the Holy Spirit IN THEM, they will be easily deceived, especially if it appears there are miraculous events to support the lies. That should speak to the necessity of allowing the Holy Spirit to fill, guide, and empower each of us.

Paul continues – “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” People who accept the truth (inference to the truth of God), are led to salvation. Scripture teaches that God is truth: “The One who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what He has seen and hears, but no one accepts His testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.” (John 3:31-33) “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…” (Titus 1:1-2)

People who refuse the truth are placing themselves in a position to be deceived. Unfortunately, that deception ultimately leads to condemnation.

Paul then introduces the third character in this drama – God. Both Satan and God are at work. Satan is at work in the lives of those who have rejected the truth. God is at work on two levels. The first level is that God will send those who have rejected the truth a “powerful delusion” so that they will be deceived by the lie. Some may interpret that as God removing the possibility of their spiritual transformation. It can also be interpreted as God’s divine confirmation of their lack of acceptance of the truth. A biblical example of divine confirmation is the account of Moses’s encounters with Pharaoh.

During the period leading up to the nation of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, Moses had multiple encounters with Pharaoh. The result of those encounters - Pharoah’s refusal to let the nation go for the purposes of holding a festival to God. Pharaoh’s refusal activated a series of plagues. Scripture records Pharoah hardened his heart time and time again during the season of plagues. “But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord said.” (Exodus 8:15) “But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.” (8:32) “But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said.” (8:19) Finally scripture records that The Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart in Exodus 9:12. That was God’s confirmation of what was already in Pharaoh’s heart.

The result of the delusion brought about by the man of lawlessness is that they will be condemned because they rejected the truth and chose to embrace wickedness. That is an incredible strong statement of coming events. If Paul had ended his letter at that point, it is possible the Christians in Thessalonica would have experienced significant discouragement. Again, they were already probably struggling with persecution, false teaching and attempting to survive in a pagan world that would have been filled with worldly temptations. However, Paul continues with a great word of encouragement which will be the focus of tomorrow’s devotion.

Hopefully reflecting on this passage challenges us to evaluate how well we KNOW the truth of God’s Word. Not only does the truth set us free, but it empowers us to avoid the being deluded by those who would seek to destroy us spiritually and eventually, physically.

Have a great day!

Jimmy Slick

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