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Souvenirs from the #JourneySCC

Posted on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 under Expression 1

Upon returning from any good trip, most of the time we bring back a souvenir or two to remind us of our travels and preserve the memories. We’ve been our own journey around here through the New Testament letters Paul wrote to various churches. We’ve learned a lot along the way, hopefully we’ve read more Scripture these weeks than the ones before, and more than anything, we’ve had an opportunity to see Jesus. Some of the best souvenirs we can take from this Journey series include a greater desire to read God’s word, a stronger understanding of what it means to belong to Him and His Church as well as a broader knowledge of who we are in Christ. This past weekend, Jon wrapped up the series with a powerful message. At one point he walked through some of the promises we have in Christ. As he walked through them, I thought, “I’d want that list. I need to read that list - regularly.” So, here are some souvenirs for you from the Journey. Below is the list Jon walked us through and the Scriptures that support the statements. Let’s remember this Journey and preserve God’s truth from His word in our hearts. 
Let’s be honest. This list is much better than the coffee mug or weird key chain we usually bring home. Truth for the journey.

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Title: Burst The Bubble

Posted on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 under Expression 1

Aren’t bubbles fun? When we’re kids - and, if we’re honest, even still as adults - moments of joy seem to come with bubbles. Our parents have photos or home videos of us blowing spit bubbles as babies. We vividly remember running around the yard blowing soap bubbles. We learned how to blow the perfect “Dubble Bubble” bubble-gum bubble and wound up with it all over our face and in our hair. And we still go crazy popping bubble wrap when a package from the UPS man comes. More often than not, the memories come from the moment the bubble bursts. There’s a sense of anticipation and excitement as we wait to see what will happen when the bubble reaches max capacity and finally bursts open. 
 
The “bubble” is often used to describe the reputation of the Church. With so much craziness and uncertainty in our world, it’s really easy to put ourselves in a bubble to shut out the darkness of the world. A world we’ve been called to shine the light of Jesus into. What if we found the same joy that we did as kids of “bursting the bubble” that we create in the Church? What if we took joy in bursting the bubble because we know it means more and more people will find out about the love of Jesus?
 
Jesus speaks into this a lot in the Gospels. We burst the bubble when we get outside of what’s comfortable and normal and just do life with people who are lost and hurting.
  • Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners. Mark 2:17 (NLT) 
  • For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. Luke 19:10 (NLT)
If we’re truly following the example of Christ, it means we spend time with people who don’t know Him. So how do you pop the bubble so you can be where lost people are? For me, it’s about reminding myself to be intentional. It means not pulling into my garage and immediately shutting the door behind me without getting out and getting to know my neighbors better. It means making myself available to hang out and just listen to my barber when he tells me about how rough things have been in his life. It means trying to get to know the barista who makes my coffee several times a week.
 
Bursting bubbles can be messy, but, when we do it, we will find joy and fulfillment. Because when we step out of our comfort zone, we’ll find God is right there with us. 
  • How have you (or how can you) burst the bubble to get around lost people?
  • What are you doing to cultivate your life with Christ so you look like a bright reflection of Jesus to the lost people you’re around?
  • Pray for a few minutes today for the people in your path you want to see come to Jesus.

Eric Schneider
Student Ministry Director / High School Leader - Richmond Road

#JourneySCC - Week 7

Posted on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 under Expression 1

Jon ended the sermon this Sunday with a stellar line.
Hype or Hope…we get to choose what give our time to and what we build our lives on. Only one of these comes from God. Only one of these always gets better with age. So choose wisely.
Man, that got me! The books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians are full with challenges that make us think. As we end our seven week road trip through all these books of the Bible, think deeply on what God may be asking you to do this week. How are you going to take action? Here’s a few steps that might help.
  • Read 1 & 2 Thessalonians this week during your lunch breaks and ask God how you can be His ministry. Here’s a reading plan to help.  #Clarity #JourneySCC
  • Memorize 2 Thessalonians 1:11 - “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. What’s distracting you from what he’s calling you to do in your life?” #Clarity #JourneySCC
  • What bag of lies is Satan trying is trying to convince you of this?
  • Download this week’s phone background to keep this week’s passage fresh on your eyes all week long. Just click on the link below.
  • Don’t forget to download the Spotify playlist and make your way through some of the worship music from this past weekend. 
  • Lastly, let us (and everyone else) know what you’re learning. Post something to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #JourneySCC. For for this week, throw #Clarity on there, too!

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - August 30

Posted on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 under Children Weekend Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  Deborah Helps God's People (Judges 4: 1-16, 5:4, 20-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Leaders Let Others Go First
Bible Verse:  “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live…” - 1 Timothy 4:12 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Who God Is And What He Does (Isaiah 43:1-5 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I need to worship God because of who He is and what He does.
Bible Verse:  “So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock.”  - Matthew 7:24 NIrV
Worship: 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

New Kids on the BLOC

Posted on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 under Expression 4

We were so excited to partner with BLOC Ministries in Cincinnati this past weekend to serve the Lower Price Hill neighborhood. Our team, along with neighbors from the community, pitched in and helped in the effort which included cleaning four streets in the community, clearing a pathway thirty feet wide on a stairway set in a hillside which allows people to travel up and down from State Avenue to Warsaw Avenue, and cleaning out overgrown vegetation in the area. In the end, the BLOC Ministry staff said they had not seen the streets in the community this clean ever before.
Many people were blessed by the outreach, from our team to the residents to the Cincinnati Police Department, who expressed their thanks for the work our team was doing in an area that has been a hotbed of criminal activity due to blocked sight-lines. We had tons of fun along the way connecting with one another and people in the community - from the adventure of sleeping over in a church built in 1886, to Saturday morning breakfast featuring McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts, to the celebration and cookout for the team, friends, and neighbors who participated in the cleanup. All in all, we had a great time meeting and serving alongside our new friends!
I want to extend a huge thanks to all who participated! We’ll be going back again to continue generously extending hope to the community of Lower Price Hill. Be sure to bookmark the Global Missions page on our website for updates on future opportunities to serve!
 

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

The Key To Evangelism

Posted on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 under Expression 1

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took our two boys to Outback for dinner with my parents. Going out to eat is one of our favorite things to do - at least it used to be. Now, between our 12-week-old and 2-year-old, it’s a miracle if either of us gets to eat without someone screaming, running under the table, or demanding to be held. This night at Outback was one of those “memorable” nights. Our toddler was exhausted from a playdate, and the little one was fed up - he'd had enough of all the activity from the day! As all good parents do, we pacified the toddler with YouTube videos and waited for baby Ben to stop crying. 
 
As I sat down to the table, our food having already arrived, I was holding Ben in my arms and asking myself the same old question, “Why do we do this to ourselves? Wouldn’t it just be easier to stay home?” At that moment, a female server came by and told us how blessed we were to have such a healthy newborn. You see, her granddaughter was at the University of Kentucky struggling for her life. She had been born prematurely, and the things that had come easy for my Ben had been traumatizing, even life threatening for her. 
 
That totally changed my perspective. “Thank you God for my two crazy, out of control, but perfectly healthy children.” As we got up to leave, I felt a nudge to ask this lady her granddaughter’s name so I could pray for her. She gladly shared the girl’s full name. She was hurting and crying out for help. Our commonality, a newborn child, had given her the comfort to open up to our family and share her struggle. 
 
Isn’t that the key to evangelism? Tuning in and responding to the cries of the people around us? There are a ton of voices competing for our attention - our children, our jobs, our finances. Sometimes it feels easier to stop listening to others and shelter ourselves in our own little world. Fortunately that night the Holy Spirit grabbed my attention and led me to pray for this struggling little baby and her grandmother. Who is hurting around you? How can you extend the hope of Jesus to them today?
  • What is keeping you from hearing the cries and pain of the people around you?
  • Read Mark 10:46-52 to see how Jesus responded to the cries of the hurting. How can your responses look more like His?

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

#JourneySCC - Week 6

Posted on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 under Expression 1

It’s all about me.
 
Or…
 
It’s not about me.
 
Those are the two options that Jon gave us this weekend as we talk through what it means to be the ministry. I hope you were there and I hope you join us as we challenge one another to make the ministry “not about us.” But we are all in this together. So we’ve thrown some challenges together for you and we’ll all hold one another accountable to make this ministry happen!
  • Read 1 & 2 Thessalonians this week during your lunch breaks and ask God how you can be His ministry. Here’s a reading plan to help. #Ministry #JourneySCC
  • Grabbing a cup of coffee this morning? Buy a cup for the person behind you! Maybe bless someone this week at dinner with an extra tip. #Ministry #JourneySCC
  • Ask God who He wants you to share Jesus with this week. #Ministry #JourneySCC
  • Don’t be afraid to have a real conversation with someone about Jesus this week! #Ministry #JourneySCC 
  • Jon said the safest thing we can do is take that risk. What risk can you take today that would change the life of someone in God’s Kingdom?
  • Download this week’s phone background to keep this week’s passage fresh on your eyes all week long. Just click on the link below.
  • Don’t forget to download the Spotify playlist below and make your way through some of the worship music from this past weekend. 
  • Lastly, let us (and everyone else) know what you’re learning. Post something to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #JourneySCC. For for this week, throw #Ministry on there, too!

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - August 23

Posted on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  Jesus Chooses Helpers (Matthew 8:18-22 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus is my Leader 
Bible Verse:  “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live…” 1 Timothy 4:12
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Peter and John at the Temple (Acts 3:1-10 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I need to tell others about Jesus because everyone needs Him.
Bible Verse:  “So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
Worship: 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Be A Mentor!

Posted on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 under Expression 1

Our mentoring and tutoring program is transforming the lives of students - thirty minutes at a time! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be a mentor through our School Partnerships - just dedicated people who want to make a difference in the life of a young person. 
 
Thirty minutes a week may not seem like much, but, for many students in our local schools, those thirty minutes with a Southland volunteer may be the most focused attention they receive all week. Can you commit to 30-minutes each week to go into one of our local schools and spend time with a student or teacher? If so, we would love to have you on our team!
 
We will kick off the year at Schools Night in the Atrium at our Danville Campus on Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. Coming straight from work? Don’t worry! We will provide dinner! We need everyone who wants to participate in our School Partnerships to come out to hear from our school partners, meet their team leaders, and receive training. 
 
If you would like to join us this year, here are some easy next steps:
  • First, take a look at your calendar. Can you find one 30-minute block each week that you could use to invest in a student? What about one lunch break each week?
  • Next, sign up to join our team as a mentor, tutor, or classroom helper by filling out this form.
  • Then, attend Schools Night on Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. at our Danville Campus. Complete the School Mentor Form or email me by August 25th!

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

#JourneySCC - Week 5

Posted on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 under Expression 1

How’s your road trip through all these books of the New Testament? I hope you’re all enjoying it. But I hope, even more so, that it is changing you. Chris had a stellar message this past weekend about putting Jesus on the throne and whether or not we’re shoving Him off to fit something else in that seat. So what about you? Did this message hit you in any specific way this week? Here’s a few things to think through and help you reflect on it. And don’t forget to throw the hashtag out there to show others what you’re learning!
  • Read Colossians this week during your lunch breaks and ask God how He wants you to serve others with true humility. Here’s a reading plan to help.  #Truth #JourneySCC
  • Get out a piece of paper and write an answer to this question. Is there anything in your life you hold higher than Jesus? What can you get rid of or what possession can you let go of that is sitting on the throne of your life? #Truth #JourneySCC
  • Take time today to praise Jesus as the King of your life for the love and grace He’s lavished on you. #Truth #JourneySCC
  • Bob Russell says, “Act the way you wish you were and eventually you’ll become the way you act.” Is there any actions in your life that need to change so that you can become something better? If the answer is yes, have courage and tell someone what it is that you need to change. Use that person as accountability in your life. 
  • Memorize Colossians 1:15-16. “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
  • Download this week’s phone background to keep this week’s passage fresh on your eyes all week long. Just click on the link below.
  • Don’t forget to download the Spotify playlist below and make your way through some of the worship music from this past weekend.
  • Lastly, let us (and everyone else) know what you’re learning. Post something to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #JourneySCC. For this week, throw #Humility on there, too!  

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Fall Volleyball

Posted on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 under Expression 1

Anyone who’s ever played a team sport knows there are a lot of things to be learned from the experience. It can be humbling, requires hard work, and builds strength. It also takes commitment, stretches our character, and reveals leadership gifts. Some lessons are best learned on the court with a team.
 
We’re excited to announce Southland’s Fall Co-Ed Volleyball Leagues, which will run from September 14th through December 8th. The Recreational League will hit the court on Monday nights while the Competitive League will bump, set, and spike on Tuesday nights. Start times will vary with games at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. 
 
Come ready to grow in teamwork and discipline, while having fun and building friendships on one of our teams this year. Bring an entire team or come alone; either way there is a spot for you!
 
Registration begins August 8th and runs through August 27th. The spots fill up quickly so be sure to sign up today! 

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - August 16

Posted on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  Jesus feeds 5,000 (Matthew 14:15-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  He can do anything
Bible Verse:  “I know that God helps me.” - Psalm 54:4a NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  The Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-27 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I need to read the Bible to understand who God is.
Bible Verse:  “So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock.” - Matthew 7:24 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor


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