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Join us September 18-21, 2016, as we reflect on the theme Love God, Love Your Neighbor: Living the Greatest Commandments

Welcome to ACU Summit 2016

Some 613 laws, according to Jewish tradition, provided direction for the people of God. Rabbis argued for hundreds of years concerning which law took precedence over others. That debate continued in the first century. When an expert in the law asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment, without hesitation Jesus said, "Love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind." For three days, September 18-21, the Abilene Christian University Summit will reflect on Love God, Love Your Neighbor: Living the Greatest Commandments. We look forward to welcoming you to the ACU campus and Summit 2016. Online registration will open in May.

2016 Theme Speakers

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Sunday, September 18, 7 p.m.

Jerry Taylor, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, "Love the Lord Your God"

The Shema: No greater spiritual truth has ever shaped the world more than, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” This one true God is preeminently a being of immense love who calls us to respond to his divine nature: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." The primary focus is on the connection between God’s identity and the greatest command.

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Monday, September 19, 11 a.m.

Sara Barton, Matthew 22:34-40, "The Greatest Commandment"

To ask “What is the greatest command?” is to seek to know what is the ultimate meaning of life. Westerners often compartmentalize their lives through dichotomies: thinking versus feeling; doing versus believing. The call to love God with our entire being is the heart of religion. Jesus’ simple but elegant answer to “Love the Lord your God” calls us all to God’s heart. The primary focus is the holistic response of our love.

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Monday, September 19, 7 p.m.

Josh Graves, Luke 10:25-37, "Love Your Neighbor"

Who is the “Other”? The face of the Other, the stranger, the alien, often sparks fear and hinders us seeing the image of God that is within. Until we see the image of God stamped on the “other’s” heart, our fear will continue to divide communities. The twin realities of fear and hate have express themselves most deeply through our economic, ethnic, social, and political differences. The primary focus is to recognize the “other” as our neighbor.

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Tuesday, September 20, 11 a.m.

Ali Kaiser and Derran Reese, II Corinthians 8:1-15, "Love Your Neighbor on the Street"

Ali Kaiser and Derran Reese (co-presenters)

God’s love is not a generic platitude but a concrete manifestation in the lives of those who need it most. The sanctity of all life matters, yet God’s great love for the oppressed, weak, and marginalized has always mattered more. A parent’s love always acts on behalf of the child that needs that love the most. Therefore, the primary focus is to act on behalf of the most vulnerable.

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Tuesday, September 20, 7 p.m.

Monte Cox, Colossians 3:11-17, "Love All Your Neighbors"

The slogan, “Out of sight, out of mind” often biases how we love. God’s love calls us to reach out to not only to those in the next valley but also those across the sea. As technology, travel, and media continue to abound, the globe continues to shrink. Our dearest neighbors might be out of sight, yet closer than ever before. The primary focus is to connect our love for our neighbors to the proclamation of the gospel.

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Wednesday, September 21, 11 a.m.

Jonathan Storment and David McQueen, Ephesians 4:1-6, "Love One Another"

Jonathan Storment, David McQueen (co-presenters)

Fight or flight? Some groups become insular—the flight response. Some groups overtly attack—the typical fight response. One expression of the fight response can be seen in the attempt to impose sameness on others. The human inclination for uniformity hinders God’s unity as expressed in the diversity of the body of Christ. While fear produces uniformity, humility then produces unity. The primary focus is that the “one God and Father of all” calls us to “the unity of the Spirit.”

Featured Presenter

Jack Maxwell, the artist for Jacob’s Dream will share the “Dream behind Jacob’s Dream” at Summit. An ACU art professor, Jack’s highly refined talent is recognized by the art community far and wide. click here.