a brief history
Summit Lake Community Church had its beginnings in 1986 when land was donated by Glenn Gentry to establish a church in the newly developing community around Summit Ridge. Don Walker served as the first pastor. In 1987 land was cleared to make way for a space to meet. The three rustic crosses were erected to mark the presence of the new church. The first services met under a large blue tarp stretched between two trees. In the summer of 1987 plans began for the first permanent building. Construction of the main sanctuary began in 1989 and was completed in 1991. Tim Dunham began serving as pastor in 1991. Three more acres were donated and a parsonage was built in 1995. Scott Christensen began serving as pastor in 2003.
Summit Lake Community Church is built around four core doctrines. These four beliefs are the foundation of everything we do, from the preaching and teaching of the Bible to the worship of God, the practical ministries of the church, and the building of our relationships with one another. These core doctrines unify our life together as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The absolute authority and inerrancy of God's revealed Word—the Bible.
- The magnification of God’s glory is his chief goal in the creation of human beings and our joy is made complete when he is most magnified in our lives.
- The centrality of the person, work and Lordship of Jesus Christ—the Son of God.
- The exclusivity of human salvation by means of God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
For a complete statement of doctrinal beliefs click here.
what is the gospel?
God created you to have eternal life and joy in Him. “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11
But you have violated God’s moral law. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Your sin has separated you from God. “You were at that time separate from Christ… having no hope and without God in the world.” Ephesians 2:12
Therefore, your sin has caused you to stand under God’s penalty of death. “For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23
Furthermore, you cannot be accepted by God through your good deeds. “By the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight.” Romans 3:20
But Jesus Christ, God’s Son, loves sinners and died on the cross to pay sin’s penalty. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Christ also rose again from the dead to remove the power of sin and death. “He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11
To be forgiven and reconciled to God you must repent of your sin. “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7
And you must believe upon Christ as your Lord and Savior. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9