The Summit Church is an elder-led, Baptist congregation in the Springfield/Rogersville, Missouri area. Below are some of the values that define us as a New Testament church.
THE GLORY OF GOD
The glory of God is everything! The centerpiece of the universe for time and eternity is for God to be seen and praised for His matchless perfections. Every individual Christian and every local church family must have a continual, intentional, and passionate focus on the glory of God!
(Isaiah 43:7, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 3:21)
God is most glorified through the Person and work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. By His unrivaled character and work (merit), He has redeemed for Himself a people (the Church). As His church, we strive above all things to know Him, love Him, praise Him, and serve Him. It is by, through, and for Him that we exist. It is our goal to keep Him the honored center of all that we say and do! (Matthew 3:17, 1 Corinthians 2:2, Colossians 1:18)
We believe that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. It is also the power of every believer to live a God-glorifying, holy life. We do not see the Gospel as an addition to our ministry or even a beginning point. Rather, the Gospel is to saturate every part of church life. We strive to make the Gospel the center of every sermon, class, ministry, and event. (Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, Colossians 3:16-17)
We believe that the bible is God’s very Word, and that as such, it is both fully authoritative and without error to all issues of life and faith, having been breathed out by God himself. At a time when many are abandoning their trust of Holy Scripture, we believe we must desperately cling to it. (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that true preaching is that which is based completely on the Word of God. Expository preaching means that the preacher “exposes” the meaning of the text of scripture. The text drives the message, not the preacher. We believe that the continual preaching of the Word is indispensable to the church’s growth in knowledge, holiness, and love. It cannot and should not be replaced or diminished. (1 Timothy 4:13, 2 Timothy 3:16-4:2)
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that meaningful and enduring fellowship in a local congregation is absolutely essential to the Christian’s life and ministry. Media ministries can never take the place of the local church and its ministers. We are committed not only to congregate, but to do so for the purpose of encouraging one another and stimulating one another to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24-25, Ephesians 4:11-16)
The church has a team of elders/pastors who teach and shepherd the flock. These leaders keep watch over the congregation as men who must give an account to God. The congregation is to cheerfully and obediently submit to their authority so that their shepherds' work will be a joy and not a burden. The elders must meet the qualifications set forth in scripture, and they exercise authority over the church only to the degree that they teach and lead according to the Scriptures. (Hebrews 13:17, 1 Timothy 3:1-7)
We believe that worship involves much more than music. Every aspect of the service should glorify God and exalt Christ, our Redeemer. Prayer, giving, and scripture reading are all important in leading us to our Creator. Our praise team exists to lead the church in worship – not to entertain or overpower with volume. Our worship songs are a mix of old and new hymns and are chosen carefully to reflect Biblical truths and to honor Jesus Christ. The worship is to reinforce the faith through song and to express congregational praise and worship to Christ, our true Audience. (Colossians 3:16)
The Great Commission is a great command. Personal involvement in world missions is not a suggestion or an option, but it is demanded of every true believer. The entire local church family should be personally and strategically involved in world missions, mobilizing laborers, prayer, and finances to the end of glorifying God among all peoples. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 8:1-8)