To be Christ to the WHOSOEVER

Matt Davis at Summit Church

February 27, 2010

Live Free or Die

So I saw a New Hampshire license plate the earlier, and on it reads, "Live Free or Die." Now my mind instantly went to the Bruce Willis movie, "Live Free or Die Hard." So then I was thinking, 'Man, that's kinda harsh!' Next thing I know my mind is going through all kinds of things. [like my mind tends to do, I may have ADD. not sure though.] Just from this one state's motto [what's the motto with you?] all kinds of ideas and thoughts started going through my mind.

So why am I telling you this? Well here is your answer! We as Christians are free in Christ Jesus. This state motto actually applies to life. Kinda weird but hey, who knew? Because of what Christ did on that cross, we are able to be free. We are free from any kind of hold the devil may have on us. We are no longer bound to the sin in our lives, it no longer has to dominate our lives. We have freedom in Christ! IS THAT NOT AWESOME?

On the other hand if we don't give our lives to Christ then we will do the second part of that motto. We will die! Two deaths, physical and spiritual. If we do not live free in Christ then we will die to our sin.

Our mission as Christians, is to let people know that they are able to live free. We are to tell them that they can live free in Christ or die. [maybe not so harsh though]

January 19, 2010

Let the Nations be Glad

"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever."-John Piper

Ok so I read this for a missions class that I am taking right now. This is the first paragraph of the book "Let the Nations be Glad." I was wanting to share this with you because this little paragraph has been stuck in my head for a week now, and I cannot get it out of my head.

As a part of worshiping we, as a church, are to do missions. Just as the passage says, when God comes back and we are all around His throne bowing down before Him, missions will be no more. Its all going to be about worship! Thats the way it should be now! Our "missions" should be because we want to be in constant worship with the God who created us and has given use the means to evangelize.

Something else that Piper says in his book is, "Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak." I'll let you chew on that for a little bit.

-Matt Davis

December 13, 2009


Alright! The semester is very close to its end! Can anyone say AMEN?!?! This semester has gone by so quickly. It feels like yesterday I was helping scared little freshman move into their new dorm and watched their mothers cry because their baby is growing up so fast. But now we all can put a semester down in the books. One more semester til graduation! Some have more semesters than others but we are all one step closer.

With the end of the semester comes a break. Christmas Break! I love this time of the year. People seem to be so much nicer than any other time of the year. Ok not everyone, but for the majority, people are in a better mood. As this Christmas season is coming down on us I begin to think about what this time is about. Its all about Christ! Its about Christ coming down to this earth so that He could die for our sins and conquer death. Its not about anything else. Its all about Christ. Its not about the fat man in the red suit with his reindeer. Its not about saying Happy Holidays to everyone we see. Its about Christ. Which is why we should be saying Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays.

Jeremy Nuckolls, Aaron Johnson, and myself will be going to Peru after Christmas. I know that you have been praying for us as we have been preparing for this trip. As the time is getting closer and closer I ask that you continue to pray for us and pray that God will prepare a way for us on this trip and on the trips that we are planning for the summer!

God Bless,
Matt D.

November 19, 2009

Gettin' Close!

Alright! The semester is coming to a close! This guy is very excited!  Yes I do realize that Thanksgiving Break still has not arrived.  The good thing about that is after the break its the back stretch to the end of the semester.  That means we are that much closer to going to Peru!  I am so excited to get down there and see what we will be able to do this summer when we "Invade Peru," to quote Kevin Chafin.  Just in case you have forgotten we will be leaving December 28th and returning January 5th.  

Now for a little something from this morning....

2nd Corinthians 12:9-10 says, "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

November 2, 2009

Classes and Peru

So I got to do the most stressful thing every college student goes through yesterday. I got to sign up for next semester's classes. Oh the joy! It is very difficult to find classes that I need to graduate at this point. I did get to sign up for a class that I am really pumped about. I am going to take a History and Practice of Christian Missions class. Being that missions is one of my all-time passions along with baseball.

Basically this class will give different ways that The Great Commission has bee carried out over the past centuries. It will show the different models that have and can be used to be missionaries to people all over the world. It is apparent to me that The Great Commission can be carried out in different ways and that different models should be used in our local area than what should be used in other nations.

I say all of this to say that I am excited about the Peru trip in December! I have really been thinking about it a lot these past few weeks. I came to the realization the other day that this trip in December will be one that sets up many more trips this summer to carry out The Great Commission. I then began to think of the impact that will be made in Peru. Kevin Chafin said it best. "We're gonna invade Peru."

October 13, 2009

Dirty Jersey

Alright! At the end of this week Summit has a group traveling up to Dirty Jersey. While in Jeresy our group will be working with Maranatha Baptist Church to help get them back on their feet. We will be going up there to get their name out to the community and help them be a light to their community. The group will be gone all during their fall break. So please be in prayer for this group this week and as they travel to help another church. I know they are going to do some awesome things up there and touch a lot of lives.

On another note there is a trip to Peru that is scheduled for December 29-January5. There will be a group of about 5 going as a vision trip for the youth group trip in the summer. We are also looking to see what else we will be able to do for the other 2 or 3 trips that will be taking to Peru. Also we will be evangelizing and building more relationships with the people in the village. So get excited about that and start praying for the people in the village that we will be working with.

Tune in next time for some updates about the Jersey and Peru trips!

Matt Davis

September 16, 2009

Baltimore, and ship burning

I'm currently sitting at the Barnes and Noble's in Baltimore, MD at the Inner Harbor. Across from me is a psychological "coach" meeting with another woman. I try not to ease drop on conversations, because I wouldn't want someone to do the same thing. However, when explicit language was being used ever-so-loudly I tend to notice, particularly when a woman is saying it (not to say that men should be able to use such language either).

I have no idea whatsoever what occurred for this woman to need a "coach", but I thought there would be sanctity within this commercial bookstore. That was a lie to myself, and a thought of an unconscious Christian. I need to repent. Why in the world would I not think that brokenness could be sipping coffee at Starbuck's outside on a veranda? As I walked around the Inner Harbor earlier, I noticed of course, all of the homeless people, and their brokenness is sitting right in front of me. I walked over the bridge and came inside here to think and try to make sense out of something that the Lord's dealing with me about (2 very wonderful things, and 1 quite scary). Yet here I am, focused on myself and "behold" here in front of me is two women that need Christ.

As Summit's Missions Ministry begins this upcoming semester with a Revitalization Trip to New Jersey, we must not think that the ministry has a beginning and an end. The beginning is when we accept Christ, and the end is when we are with Him for eternity. Ministry is a constant, and we must be open to it's consistency, and "inconvenience". None of us are perfect, we all need work... if not then what's the point of Christ. But in that need for work on ourselves, let us not forget that there are others who do not yet know Christ, and their lives (while no worse than our own), are in a great risk of never being brought to Christ; we must be aware.

Matt Davis is taking over the Missions Ministry at Summit Nation, and he is a current college student at CSU, who is a servant at heart, with a desire and passion for missions. Please begin to pray for him as he begins this ministry, and please begin to pray about going or supporting Summit's Vision for worship to be restored back to God through our desire for Christ.

Nick Ballenger