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Throughout Scripture, God’s people are told to remember. This may seem odd if you look closely at when God says it. For instance, all throughout the book of Deuteronomy—Moses’ farewell sermon to Israel—God tells his people to remember what just happened. If you had been in slavery for 400 years, were miraculously rescued by walking through the dry floor of an ocean, and had seen bread fall out of heaven and water flowing out of rocks, do you think you’d forget it?

Apparently, yes. Israel’s times of spiritual wandering were always marked by spiritual amnesia. Not that they literally couldn’t recall what God had done, but that his mighty works weren’t prominent in their minds. The same is true of us.

Here are three truths that Christians must always fight to remember.

1. Remember the slavery of sin.

In Deuteronomy 6:12, Moses says, “Take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Some of us need to stop and think about the house of sin that we used to call home—a house that most of us were perfectly comfortable in. Do you remember where you were without God? Do you remember what your life was like? Wasn’t it bondage, stress, striving, and emptiness? There was no healing there, no rest, no enduring satisfaction. Do you really want to go back there?

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This is what he showed me:
The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb,
with a plumb line in his hand.
–Amos 7:7

Plumb lines are a series of short, pithy statements that we, at the Summit, use as rallying points—both for our staff and for the entire church. They are a way to encapsulate our theology and philosophy in short, memorable phrases. These sixteen statements form the core of our DNA as a church.

1. The gospel is not just the diving board; it’s the pool.
2. We judge our success by sending capacity, not seating capacity.
3. The church is not an audience; it’s an army.
4. People are the mission.
5. Prayer comes first. And second. And third.
6. Live sufficiently, give extravagantly.
7. The local church is God’s “Plan A.”
8. Where trust exists, God moves.
9. The Church should reflect the diversity of its community and declare the diversity of the Kingdom.
10. Stay where you are, serve where you live, be the church in your community.
11. Discipleship happens in relationships.
12. The best ministry ideas are in the congregation.
13. We are led by the Spirit, taught by the Word.
14. When life cuts us, we want to bleed God’s Word.
15. The 1 takes priority over the 99.
16. The question is no longer if you’re called; it’s only where and how.

If you’re curious to see some of our past “plumb lines” (some of which stayed the course and others of which were laid to rest), check out this post from 2011: 35 Values I Wished I Had Possessed When I Started Pastoring 10 Years Ago.

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Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of what we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Conference Resource of the Week

TGCW16 Conference Media. The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference just released all the audio and video from their meeting last week in Indianapolis. Some excellent biblical teaching from sharp women of God (and from a man or two as well).

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