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Cross Section from the Summit View Church of Christ

Cross Section from the Summit View Church of Christ

By Kevin Jensen

For the Summit View Church of Christ community, Cross Section offers a mix of faith-based stories about experiences that have shaped our lives as followers of Jesus, brief and inspiring messages from the Scriptures, dives into topics related to Christian living, and each week’s sermon (in case you missed it).
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Cross Section from the Summit View Church of ChristJul 01, 2020

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Who Gets Whom? - Part 2 (Rudy Kantu) — Sunday Sermon, September 24, 2023

Who Gets Whom? - Part 2 (Rudy Kantu) — Sunday Sermon, September 24, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Guest Speaker Rudy Kantu — Divisiveness in the church (as, for example, in lawsuits against each other, such as were happening in the church in Corinth) shames the church and makes it difficult to share the message of the gospel. Christians need to mature in Christ so that we can share God's message with credibility.  Texts: selections from 1 Corinthians 6 and other texts

Sep 25, 202344:55
Who Gets Whom? - Part 1 (Rudy Kantu) — Sunday Sermon, September 17, 2023

Who Gets Whom? - Part 1 (Rudy Kantu) — Sunday Sermon, September 17, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Guest Speaker Rudy Kantu — A message calling the church to full commitment to God in order that we might be well-equipped to share the gospel with others.   Texts: selections from 1 Corinthians and other texts

Sep 18, 202343:00
The Wasted Perfume — Sunday Sermon, September 10, 2023

The Wasted Perfume — Sunday Sermon, September 10, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Mary, sister of Martha, honored Jesus with an extravagant and beautiful gift—but Judas objected, preferring that the gift be sold and the money be given to the poor. Jesus' response calls us to check our priorities in how we use the money and resources God has given us, and to appreciate every gift that people might bring to God.   Text: Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-8

Sep 11, 202330:29
When Jesus Weeps — Sunday Sermon, September 3, 2023

When Jesus Weeps — Sunday Sermon, September 3, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When Mary and Martha were grieving the loss of their brother Lazarus and Jesus knew he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, why did Jesus weep? Did he weep out of his own sorrow over his friend's death? Was he angry with the unbelief around him? Did something else prompt his tears? In Jesus' tears, we glimpse how Jesus feels about death and how he—the one who will call the dead back to life—joins us in our grief.  Text: John 11:1-44

Sep 05, 202333:24
When God Lets Us Down — Sunday Sermon, August 27, 2023

When God Lets Us Down — Sunday Sermon, August 27, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The sisters Martha and Mary, when their brother Lazarus became sick, quickly sent an urgent message to Jesus to let him know. But Jesus, who could have healed Lazarus, did not come in time. In response—even though they had great faith—the sisters were deeply disappointed. We, too, are disappointed with God sometimes. What should we do when God lets us down, when he doesn't meet our expectations of a good and loving God?  Text: John 11:1-44

Aug 28, 202336:38
What Is Better — Sunday Sermon, August 20, 2023

What Is Better — Sunday Sermon, August 20, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — If Jesus were personally coming to your house to stay a while, what would you do? Sweep the floor? Send the kids to stay with the grandparents? Martha opened her home to Jesus, and she was busy and worried because of all the preparations that needed to be made—and upset because her sister Mary was not helping her! Yet Jesus said Mary had chosen to do something even better, something we, in all our busyness, should do as well. Text: Luke 10:38-42

Aug 21, 202325:23
The Soft Approach — Sunday Sermon, August 13, 2023

The Soft Approach — Sunday Sermon, August 13, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Paul, as an apostle of Jesus, could have ordered Philemon to do the right thing and receive his runaway slave back mercifully. But Paul did not exercise his apostolic authority; he did not take a confrontational, forceful approach. He took a soft approach, as Jesus did with us and modeled for us to do with one another. Text: Philemon

Aug 15, 202332:57
What to Do with a Runaway Slave — Sunday Sermon, August 6, 2023

What to Do with a Runaway Slave — Sunday Sermon, August 6, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — One day, Philemon's runaway slave, Onesimus, returned to Philemon's home with a letter from the apostle Paul. Runaway slaves were usually punished harshly, but Paul asked Philemon to receive Onesimus back graciously. Why? And why did Paul send Onesimus back to his master at all? What do Paul's instructions to Philemon teach us today about our relationships with one another in the family of God? Text: Philemon

Aug 08, 202336:22
Our Freedom in Christ — Sunday Sermon, July 30, 2023

Our Freedom in Christ — Sunday Sermon, July 30, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Ryan Ferguson — What is true freedom, the kind of freedom that comes only from God through Christ? This lesson explores the freedom that God provides—freedom that calls us not to indulge in our own desires, but to grow in the fruit of the Spirit and in love for one another. Texts: Galatians 5 and selected texts

Jul 31, 202330:02
The Cumulative Effects of Everyday Godliness — Sunday Sermon, July 23, 2023

The Cumulative Effects of Everyday Godliness — Sunday Sermon, July 23, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — It might be easier to be godly in all our normal, mundane, everyday activities if we could see the end result from the beginning—see the blessings our godliness would produce. But great people of faith like Joseph, Daniel, Tabitha, and the widows of 1 Timothy 5 could not foresee the results of their daily godliness, yet they were faithful to God in their everyday tasks. Like them, when we are godly in all the little things God gives us to do each day, we find God to be faithful, and we receive a rich blessing. Texts: Genesis 39:1-6a, 39:20-23, 41:46-49, 41:53-57; Daniel 1:1-6, 1:18-21, 6:1-4; Acts 9:36-42; 1 Timothy 5:9-10

Jul 24, 202336:24
Just Another Day on the Farm — Sunday Sermon, July 16, 2023

Just Another Day on the Farm — Sunday Sermon, July 16, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Some days are filled with the mundane: wake up, get yourself ready, take care of the kids, go to work, come home, clean the bathtub, and so on. Where's the thrill in serving God in ordinary, everyday tasks, when we see no miracles and hear no voice from heaven? From the story of Ruth and Boaz, we look at principles for serving God—and enjoying life with him—on the most ordinary days. Text: Ruth 2

Jul 17, 202335:30
Looking in the Right Direction — Sunday Sermon, July 9, 2023

Looking in the Right Direction — Sunday Sermon, July 9, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Thomas Yukich, Preaching Ministry Intern at the Washougal Church of Christ, in conjunction with the Northwest School of Discipleship — The direction we're looking in life matters, both when we're driving (Keep your eyes on the road!) and as we walk with God. From Peter's first letter to the church, we examine some directions we need to look in order to live faithfully for God. Text: 1 Peter 5:1-11

Jul 10, 202335:18
An Angry Brother and the Injustice of Forgiveness — Sunday Sermon, July 2, 2023

An Angry Brother and the Injustice of Forgiveness — Sunday Sermon, July 2, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In Jesus' Parable of the Lost Son, a father demonstrates the profound mercy of God by forgiving his disgraceful but repentant son. But there's another son in the story too, and when he witnesses this forgiveness, he is furious—because forgiveness isn't fair. Text: Luke 15:11-32

Jul 03, 202331:18
No Longer in Shame — Sunday Sermon, June 25, 2023

No Longer in Shame — Sunday Sermon, June 25, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The shame of our past sins haunts us, but in Christ we receive a new identity and shame's power over us is taken away. We look at the story of the apostle Paul, who called himself the worst of sinners because he had once persecuted God's church. Yet God transformed his life, took away his shame, and entrusted him with the dignity of serving Jesus and the church. Texts: selections from Acts, Galatians 1:13-14, 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Jun 26, 202332:03
In Repentance Is Your Salvation — Sunday Sermon, June 18, 2023

In Repentance Is Your Salvation — Sunday Sermon, June 18, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In Judah in the 700s BC, God's people were in trouble, threatened with Assyrian invasion. But they did not turn to God for help. Instead, they ran to Egypt to find security in a military alliance. Why do we human beings run everywhere but to God for help? But when we come to him, he is eager to help us, and he delivers us. Text: Isaiah 30:1-22

Jun 19, 202338:18
How to Repent — Sunday Sermon, June 11, 2023

How to Repent — Sunday Sermon, June 11, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — How do we apologize to God? From Psalm 51, David's great psalm of repentance, we look at steps we can take to tell God we're sorry for our sin, so that we may receive his mercy. Text: Psalm 51

Jun 12, 202332:30
Coming Back to Jesus — Sunday Sermon, June 4, 2023

Coming Back to Jesus — Sunday Sermon, June 4, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — How does God respond when we repent of our sin and turn back to him? In this opening lesson of the series, "Turning Around," we discuss the meaning of repentance and how Jesus responded when Peter repented of a very serious sin. Text: John 21

Jun 05, 202334:50
Prayer and Thanksgiving — Sunday Sermon, May 28, 2023

Prayer and Thanksgiving — Sunday Sermon, May 28, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Thoughts on the importance of prayer and thanksgiving in the life of the Christian. Text: Colossians 4:2

May 28, 202331:07
Thankfulness in Heart and Deed — Sunday Sermon, May 21, 2023

Thankfulness in Heart and Deed — Sunday Sermon, May 21, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — One of the most important components of our worship to God is thankfulness as we remember and share his many blessings. Text: Colossians 3:16-17

May 22, 202327:00
The Peace Beyond Comprehension — Sunday Sermon, May 14, 2023

The Peace Beyond Comprehension — Sunday Sermon, May 14, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — As we walk with God in gratitude and honor him, he fills us with peace beyond our comprehension. Text: Colossians 3:15

May 15, 202332:02
Overflowing with Gratitude — Sunday Sermon, May 7, 2023 

Overflowing with Gratitude — Sunday Sermon, May 7, 2023 

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Thoughts from the apostle Paul on how to develop a faith that is disciplined, stable, well-rooted, and full of gratitude. Text: Colossians 2:4-8

May 08, 202330:24
Fruit-Bearing Lives Built on Thanksgiving — Sunday Sermon, April 30, 2023

Fruit-Bearing Lives Built on Thanksgiving — Sunday Sermon, April 30, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Without thanksgiving, our lives cannot bear fruit for Christ. But with thanksgiving, we bear much fruit through good works as we live lives worthy of the Lord. Text: Colossians 1:9-12

Apr 30, 202330:29
The Fruit-Bearing Gospel — Sunday Sermon, April 23, 2023

The Fruit-Bearing Gospel — Sunday Sermon, April 23, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — As we give thanks to God, grow in our faith, and focus on Jesus, the gospel bears good fruit for God in our lives and in his church. Text: Colossians 1:1-6

Apr 24, 202334:39
Figuring Out Jesus — Sunday Sermon, April 16, 2023

Figuring Out Jesus — Sunday Sermon, April 16, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus can be hard to figure out sometimes. He does things and teaches things that surprise us, disorient and confuse us, even make us doubt that his ways are good. But like his disciples on the day of his resurrection, if we will stay near him and search for what is true, he will reorient us to the excellence of God revealed in himself to bring us life. Text: John 20

Apr 17, 202327:38
That You May Have Life — Easter Sunday Sermon — April 9, 2023

That You May Have Life — Easter Sunday Sermon — April 9, 2023

Easter Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus' resurrection turned the confusion of Peter and John into belief, turned Mary Magdalene's grief into joy, turned the disciples' fear into amazement, and turned Thomas's doubt into great faith. His resurrection continues to turn our lives around today, giving us hope in God's promise of eternal life. Text: John 20

Apr 10, 202328:24
It Is Finished — Sunday Sermon, April 2, 2023

It Is Finished — Sunday Sermon, April 2, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, shared by Ryan Ferguson — As John tells the story of the crucifixion of Jesus, he doesn't stress Jesus' suffering, the supernatural events surrounding his death, or the mercy he showed even as he died. Instead, John focuses on ancient prophecies fulfilled in Jesus—prophecies that reveal that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Text: John 19:16-42

Apr 03, 202324:16
I Have Overcome the World — Sunday Sermon, March 26, 2023

I Have Overcome the World — Sunday Sermon, March 26, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus, on the night before he would be crucified, gave his apostles promises and instructions that would bring them peace in this troubled world. These promises reassure us, and these instructions guide us, as we also live for God and receive peace in spite of the world's many troubles—for Jesus, in whom we trust, overcame the world. Text: Selections from John 14-16

Mar 27, 202327:44
The New Command — Sunday Sermon, March 19, 2023

The New Command — Sunday Sermon, March 19, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Walt Ranta — Jesus taught his followers to love one another as he loved us, and then he showed the full depth of his love by loving even Judas (who would betray him) and Peter (who would disown him). Text: John 13

Mar 20, 202336:30
The Resurrection and the Life — Sunday Sermon, March 12, 2023

The Resurrection and the Life — Sunday Sermon, March 12, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When Lazarus was sick, Jesus did not hurry to him to heal him. Lazarus died. But when Jesus arrived, he demonstrated the tenderness of God to us when we face the harsh reality of death—and then he demonstrated God's power over death. Text: John 11:1-53

Mar 13, 202327:24
Living Sacrifice — Sunday Sermon, March 5, 2023

Living Sacrifice — Sunday Sermon, March 5, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Johnny Gallegos — Paul calls us to, in view of God's mercy, offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices. What does this mean, and how can we do this? Text: Romans 12:1-2

Mar 07, 202326:58
Blindness and Sight — Sunday Sermon, February 26, 2023

Blindness and Sight — Sunday Sermon, February 26, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — What causes some people's eyes to be open to see Jesus clearly, while others' eyes are blinded to him? From the story of Jesus' healing of the man born blind, we learn three keys to seeing Jesus with open eyes, so that we may see in him the light of the world. Text: John 9

Feb 27, 202330:48
The Light of the World — Sunday Sermon, February 19, 2023

The Light of the World — Sunday Sermon, February 19, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus claimed to be the light of the world. What did that mean? And as Jesus shines his light on our hearts and lives, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Is he, as the light of the world, a friend or a threat? Text: John 8:12-59

Feb 20, 202330:58
Who Is This Man? — Sunday Sermon, February 12, 2023

Who Is This Man? — Sunday Sermon, February 12, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Great confusion surrounded Jesus as he taught in the temple courts one festival week. Some thought he was a good man, others saw him as a deceiver. Some thought he was demon-possessed, some wanted him dead, others believed in him. Who was this man Jesus, really? Those who took the time to listen to him—to truly listen, in spite of their own expectations, disappointment, or confusion—found that he brought them a message of hope from God. Text: John 7

Feb 13, 202329:51
Behold My Servant — Sunday Sermon, February 5, 2023

Behold My Servant — Sunday Sermon, February 5, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — The great servant of God prophesied in Isaiah 42 was Jesus our Lord. In this lesson, Jim shares thoughts on the character of, and evidences for, Jesus who did just what God had foretold through the prophet. Text: Isaiah 42:1-9

Feb 06, 202334:05
A Christian's Job Description — Sunday Sermon, January 29, 2023

A Christian's Job Description — Sunday Sermon, January 29, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jack Campbell — Just as Jesus taught us that all who work in his vineyard receive an excellent reward, Peter teaches us how to do that work: escaping the corruption of the world, growing in traits of godliness, and making our calling certain as we look forward to Christ's eternal kingdom. Text: 2 Peter 1:1-11, Matthew 20:1-16

Jan 30, 202327:05
Here Is Your God — Sunday Sermon, January 22, 2023

Here Is Your God — Sunday Sermon, January 22, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — The ancient prophet Isaiah reminds us that our God is greater than any idols people past or present might construct, and we can depend on him. Text: Isaiah 40:9-31

Jan 24, 202330:06
Thoughts on 2 Peter 1 (Jack Campbell) — Sunday Sermon, January 15, 2023

Thoughts on 2 Peter 1 (Jack Campbell) — Sunday Sermon, January 15, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jack Campbell — With the preacher and the preacher's backup both sick and the church needing a speaker at the last minute, Jack Campbell steps up to share a message crafted by Jim Mendenhall. Text: 2 Peter 1:1-10

Jan 19, 202322:49
A Secret Worth Learning — Sunday Sermon, January 1, 2023

A Secret Worth Learning — Sunday Sermon, January 1, 2023

Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Paul, speaking to the Philippian church, thanked them for the help they sent, but also expressed the he had learned to be content in every situation. The secret of contentment is a secret we, too, need to learn as we find our hope in God. Text: Philippians 4:10-13

Jan 03, 202331:03
Come and Worship Him — Sunday Sermon, December 25, 2022

Come and Worship Him — Sunday Sermon, December 25, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In honor of the birth of Jesus, which we traditionally celebrate this time of year, we share the story of Jesus' birth and consider the humility and glory of that great day, calling one another to praise God and to worship Jesus, who was born to be our Savior. Text: Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-12

Dec 26, 202237:08
Bread of Life — Sunday Sermon, December 18, 2022

Bread of Life — Sunday Sermon, December 18, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus multiplied bread for a massive crowd, and the people came to him again wanting more. The bread Jesus wanted to give them, though was the true bread from heaven, the bread of life—himself, the source of life sent from God. But did the people, and do we, want this bread? Text: John 6

Dec 19, 202233:30
A Sabbath-Day Healing — Sunday Sermon, December 11, 2022

A Sabbath-Day Healing — Sunday Sermon, December 11, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus healed an invalid who had been disabled for 38 years—but he performed that great miracle on a Sabbath, and that sparked a controversy over whether Jesus had done evil by breaking the Sabbath and, in defending his action, claiming to be the Son of God. His miracle and his defense prompt us to respond to the question, "Do you want life?" And if so, are you willing to accept that Jesus has full authority from God? Text: John 5

Dec 12, 202235:53
Living Water — Sunday Sermon, December 4, 2022

Living Water — Sunday Sermon, December 4, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus met someone at a well one afternoon—someone whom others might've thought of as being of the wrong gender, the wrong ethnicity, the wrong religious background, and the wrong personal history. To her, Jesus offered living water. In fact, Jesus offers living water to us all, even if we don't expect to be found worthy—and he invites us to drink deeply of it, then to share it with others. Text: John 4:1-42

Dec 05, 202232:43
Born Again — Sunday Sermon, November 27, 2022

Born Again — Sunday Sermon, November 27, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, and Jesus told him that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born again—not even Nicodemus, a prominent religious leader. Everyone needs a new start in life. Why? Because without Jesus, the light of God and the Son of God sent to save the world, we live in darkness, apart from God. Everyone needs Jesus. Text: John 3:1-21

Nov 28, 202231:31
The First Signs — Sunday Sermon, November 20, 2022

The First Signs — Sunday Sermon, November 20, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — With wine and confrontation, Jesus began to reveal his glory and his purpose. Some believed and others challenged his authority. When God shows you signs of his goodness through Jesus, what will you do? Will you believe? Text: John 2

Nov 21, 202232:08
Come and See — Sunday Sermon, November 13, 2022

Come and See — Sunday Sermon, November 13, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When John the Baptist pointed his followers toward Jesus, they went after Jesus and got to know him. Like John, we point people not to ourselves, but to Jesus, whom we follow. And to those who want to know Jesus better or who are simply curious about him, we give this invitation: Come and see. Text: John 1:19-51

Nov 14, 202232:06
He Came — Sunday Sermon, November 6, 2022

He Came — Sunday Sermon, November 6, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When we were caught in the darkness of this world, Jesus came as our light of life—the best God could offer, his own Son. Though many did not receive him, to those who do receive him he offers to make us children of God. This lesson begins a study of the Gospel of John in the series, "That You May Have Life: John's Story of Jesus". Text: John 1:1-18

Nov 09, 202232:03
The Blame Game — Sunday Sermon, October 30, 2022

The Blame Game — Sunday Sermon, October 30, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Walt Ranta — Everyone wants to blame someone else for the wrongs they themselves have committed. Eve blamed the serpent for her sin; Adam blamed God himself! But God calls us to take responsibility for our own actions, to beware of anger and related sins, and to forgive one another. Text: Genesis 3:11-13

Nov 01, 202224:07
An End to the Evil Plan — Sunday Sermon, October 23, 2022

An End to the Evil Plan — Sunday Sermon, October 23, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Haman was gone, but his evil plan to destroy the Jewish people remained. Esther bravely went before the king again for help, and he authorized a plan for the Jews to defend themselves. They did, their enemies were defeated, and the Jews celebrated the first festival of Purim. Their story reminds us that God always delivers his people in due time, and at the end he will give his people ultimate victory. Text: Esther 8-10

Oct 24, 202236:33
That Night the King Could Not Sleep — Sunday Sermon, October 16, 2022

That Night the King Could Not Sleep — Sunday Sermon, October 16, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Esther was courageous and wise, but what saved her and her people from Haman was more than just her brave action. Events stacked up in favor of the Jews: the king couldn't sleep, just the right chronicles of his reign were read to him, Haman prepared to kill Mordecai but with terrible timing. Coincidences? Or could it have been that God was behind all this? Text: Esther 5-7

Oct 17, 202237:02
For Such a Time as This — Sunday Sermon, October 9, 2022

For Such a Time as This — Sunday Sermon, October 9, 2022

Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Haman hates the Jews and wants to wipe them all out. Esther faces a decision: whether to risk her life to save her people. Why do she and Haman see the Jews so differently? Because of God and how Esther sees him at work in her life. Text: Esther 3-4

Oct 10, 202235:04