Preparing for the Gathering - 2 Cor. 1:3-11
Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together
You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing.
Please see the Preparing for the Sermon post for suggestions in thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.
This Sunday, Mike Summers will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Mike serves as Lead-teaching Pastor at Countryside in Overland Park, KS.
Mike shares that Jesus Christ changes everything. Not being raised in a Christian home and living only for himself, Mike was confronted with the emptiness of a life of sin and shame. Miserable, used up and feeling hopeless, he was rescued from a life of bondage by the grace of God in 1979 in Green River, Wyoming. After moving to Florida, God brought his wife Karen into his life and they began their journey through life and ministry together.
The Summers moved to Olathe in order to plant a church in November of 1990 and Countryside was organized. Mike completed his undergraduate education at Calvary Bible College & Theological Seminary and his M.Min. and D.Min. from Northland International University Graduate School.
Mike and Karen have six incredible children, three beautiful daughters-in-law, and seven wonderful grandchildren.
- Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 to refresh your mind with the passage. As you think about this passage, where do you see yourself; how would you be described in terms of the circumstances Paul described? Are you one who comforts, one who is suffering, one who prays others through affliction, etc?
- Pray for someone you know who is suffering, particularly for the name of Christ. Plan how you could offer additional support to them.
- Why do you think Paul wanted his original audience to be aware of his suffering (vs. 8)? What do you normally do when you are made aware of people who are suffering in the name of Christ? Repent of any indifference or neglect toward those to whom you could be offering prayerful support.
- Click the links below to find the lyrics and recordings of the songs planned for our gathering this Sunday; practice the songs, study the lyrics and sing together.
- Pray for those leading our corporate gathering this week and for the Holy Spirit’s work as the Word of God is further explained and applied: Dawson Bryant: music; Mark Krystyniak: Elders' prayer & scripture reading; Mike Summers: teaching.
Songs for Sunday
- Grace Alone
- How Rich a Treasure
- Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
- I Have a Shelter
- Immovable Our Hope Remains