2014 Theme: Overcome
“In this world you will have many trials and sorrows but
take heart, I have overcome the world” — John 16:33
Your story is an "Overcome" story. And you are in good company. Abraham waited 25 years to see one promise come to life. Moses wandered the wilderness for 40 years before seeing the burning bush. Joseph sat in a prison for 13 years for a crime he did not commit. David hid in caves for 10 years waiting to be king. Esther was an orphan girl who was forced to give up her rights for the promise of an uncertain future. Jesus endured the cross even though He was sinless. Stories of greatness are often woven with strands of heartache, loss and suffering. We call them "Overcome" Stories.
What does "Overcome" mean in your life? Overcome is about looking beyond your circumstances and trials to Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. God is authoring a unique story in you and He knows all the intimate details and promises to use everything — all the pain and tough moments in this life — for good. God uses hardships to build character, challenges to create dependence, obstacles to ignite faith and suffering to establish identity. Going through the process creates stronger Christ-followers - a better leader, a more dedicated spouse or a more committed servant.
We are not discouraged when we are hard pressed on every side, rather we embrace it because Jesus said "In this world you will have trials and sorrows, but take heart because I have overcome the world." He promised HE has overcome the world. When we identify ourselves as belonging to Him, as Christ followers, we can be assured that we too will overcome because we are hidden in Him. It is through Him that we are overcomers.
Welcome to Collyde Summit 2014!