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Keep it Simple

Posted on Fri, Jul 03, 2015 under Expression 4

They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47)
When the Holy Spirit was first poured out on the believers at Pentecost, the Church was born. Following a powerful sermon that “cut people to the heart,” these early Christians began to do with regularity that which seemed natural: they worshiped together, they ate in homes together, they gave to one another sacrificially, and they praised God for everything. 
As a result of the Spirit drawing the believers together in such beautiful ways, two incredible things happened:
  1. Christians enjoyed the favor of all the people.
  2. Daily, the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
Corporate worship, biblical community and fellowship, generosity and service: these are the simple yet powerful pathways to experience the presence and power of God among His people. When the Church can focus on these things, glorifying and praising God through it all, the world will notice. God will move. 
Southland is just a couple months away from launching a new campus in Georgetown. Let’s pray together that, as we focus on doing life with Jesus, in community, and on mission, God would grant us the favor of the people in Scott County, and that He would add to our fellowship with ongoing regularity those who are being saved. 

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

Committed to Unleashing a Revolution of Love

Posted on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 under Expression 1

Some of you have asked about our response to the Supreme Court decision last week regarding same sex marriage. Jon returns from his study break to teach on Sunday, July 12 and plans to address it that Sunday. While away, Jon did share this statement with me:
"We are saddened by the Supreme Court decision, but not surprised. We are grateful the court protected our right to disagree and not perform same-sex ceremonies. We also don't believe that disagreeing with someone is the same as hating them. Our understanding of love has boundaries that are meant to protect people from harmful behavior.”
Southland, thank you for being a church committed to Jesus and unleashing a revolution of love in all conversations, circumstances and situations. We are grateful for the truth found in God's Word and also for Jesus' example of love and grace while speaking truth. Continue to reflect Him in all things.
See you Sunday!

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - July 5

Posted on Mon, Jun 29, 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:  Review all the days of creation (Genesis 1-2:1-3 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God Made Everything
Bible Verse:  “In the beginning, God created the heavens, and the earth.” - Genesis 1:1 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Generosity and Giving (Philippians 4:10-19 NIrV)
Big Idea:  We can make a difference in people’s lives by giving our resources, time and abilities
Bible Verse:  “You should each give what you have decided in your heart to give. You shouldn’t give if you don’t want to. You shouldn’t give because you are forced to. God loves a cheerful giver.” - II Corinthians 9:7 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

School Supply Drive

Posted on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 under Expression 3 Expression 4

Remember your first day of school? How proud you were to open up that supply box with your very own pair of scissors, freshly sharpened #2 pencils, and a box full of brand new crayons?  The sad reality is that many kids right here in our own community don’t have that experience. For them, starting the school year can be just another time to be reminded of exactly how much they don’t have.
We don’t want any kid to feel anxious or inadequate. Instead, we want every child to have that special experience of starting the school year with all the tools they’ll need to succeed. Because of that, we are partnering with Families First Resource Center at the Danville Public Schools to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for more than 200 students!
Over the next two weeks, we will be collecting supplies in the bins at the front and back of our Danville Campus. It’s easy - all you have to do is grab a list of supplies from Connection Point, run to Walmart to pick up a few items, then drop them off in the bins by July 12th. Every supply we receive will go directly to a student in need.
We want to be a church that generously extends hope to the poor in our community. Every pencil, pack of loose-leaf paper, or 3-ring binder will help one more family experience the love of Jesus. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help pack and distribute backpacks, please contact me!
  • Add some school supplies to your next trip to the store - or pile your family in the car one evening this week after dinner to shop together!
  • If you’re connected in a Life Group, carve out a night to go shopping together to load up a huge cart full of supplies. There’s power in numbers!

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

A Day In The Life

Posted on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 under Expression 1

My first day as an intern with the outreach team led me downtown. My new friend Max Appel told me to meet him at Jubilee Jobs early Monday morning. I didn’t know much other than this was an orientation held every Monday morning to start the process of finding jobs for people. The director of Jubilee Jobs, Carrey, spoke to the crowd with dignity and respect. “We are on your team. We will work for you as long as you are willing to work for yourself.” The empowerment offered here is real and it has Jesus’ fingerprints all over.
Next, Max wanted to show me New Life Day Center, located downtown. This building offers a safe place where good choices can be made during the day by the homeless community, and gives a roof over their head to stay out of the elements. Max also told me that giving people a locker is a big deal because most people who are homeless don’t have anything permanent to call their own and to keep their belongings safe during the day. 
Then, we met Miss Simpson. This little lady was as full of Jesus as she was of sas. I mean, really - what a woman. Originally, Max met her during Serve the City, but continued to love Miss Simpson in real, tangible ways even many months later. We all went out to eat and there Miss Simpson prophesied over me and challenged me on my theology and Bible knowledge (not really the relaxing lunch I had planned for). In between small bites of her cheeseburger, Miss Simpson would proclaim truth to our table and bring us each a little closer to our Lord. 
That same night, I met at Richmond Road for Serve the City. During the meeting, and as we are leaving, Janelle kept telling me we are going to a “book club,” but I have no idea what that is or even what’s going on at this point. We headed out to Panera for “book club” which consists of 4 high school girls and 3 leaders. Then we started the book; this week’s chapter was on cyberbullying. One of the girls openly reacted, “That’s stupid; if they wanna say somethin’ why don’t they come out from behind the screen and I’ll show ‘em what a real fight looks like when I knock ‘em out in the streets.” I love how real her answer is, even though I may not agree. I was reassured with the way the leaders not only de-escalated the dialogue, but started to ask hard questions in order to challenge the cultural thinking. “What would punching someone solve? Wouldn’t that just create more problems?” Just being a consistent presence each week teaches these girls things. The way the leaders interact with each other only using kind and encouraging words teaches these girls things. 
Having real talks and thinking of hard questions teaches these girls things.
That was all in one day, people. Southland outreach is the real deal. It’s also not for the faint of heart or those who really love sleep (this wasn’t really clarified during my interview process). But serving the community is something I’m seeing being done well by Southland in so many ways. It’s tiring, sometimes awkward, but always full of spreading Jesus. 
Blog written by Andrea Holderman.

Praying For Charleston

Posted on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 under Expression 1

3 Things We’re Praying for Charleston
In the wake of what happened to our brothers and sisters in Jesus this past week in Charleston, SC, here are three things we’re praying:
  1. Father, comfort and heal those grieving terrible loss.  (Job 5:11, Romans 8:37-39, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
  2. Father, help us stand courageously in the face of evil.  (John 16:33, Romans 8:18-21, 8:28)
  3. Father, as Jesus has instructed we pray for our enemies and those that persecute us.  (Matthew 5:9-12, 43-44)
If you are in need of comfort and prayer, please let our staff know.

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries

Bring on the Hope! DivorceCare Starts in September!

Posted on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 under Expression 1

“I’ve been divorced for years. I had no idea I still had ‘issues’ to deal with.”
“I thought my life was over when I went through my divorce.”
“The emotional pain was so intense, at times I felt like I couldn’t breathe.”
These are but a few of the comments heard from those who have experienced the reality of divorce. There are few life events that will match the pain of a divorce. The loss can seem unbearable. The pain and anger can seem to never end. 
If this is something you have experienced, or are currently experiencing, we want to invite you to be part of Southland’s amazing DivorceCare Group. Starting September 14, this community will meet to work through healing from the pain and moving forward to a fresh start. This 14-week curriculum covers a wide array of topics and issues related to divorce. 
This could be just what you need to receive fresh hope and understanding from those who have also walked your path. The cost for materials is $15.* Please make plans to join us for DivorceCare at the Danville campus at 6:30pm, Monday, September 14, in the Backlot
*Scholarships are available. Contact Rebecca Hatton.

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

Parent Sneak Preview - June 28

Posted on Mon, Jun 22, 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: Creation Days 6-7 (Genesis 1-2 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God Made Everything
Bible Verse:  “In the beginning, God created the heavens, and the earth.” - Genesis 1:1 NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story: David Respects His Father (1 Samuel 17:12-20 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I Can Be A Leader Who Shows Respect!
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 4:12a NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control (Galatians 5:22-23 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When we show goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control we can make a difference in the lives of others
Bible Verse:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.”  - Galatians 5:22-23 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Orphan Care

Posted on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 under Expression 1

There are so many great ways to help care for orphans! Consider extending hope to a child by praying, providing respite support for adoptive families, taking in a child in need for a few short weeks, fostering a child or even adopting. There are so many ways to help and you may be surprised how simple it can be to join in the work God is doing all over the planet to care for His kids.
Have you been praying about how you can participate in extending the love of Jesus to orphans? Here are a couple of fantastic ways to discover more!
  • Stop by Connection Point to let us know you’re interested in learning more and someone from our team will contact you!
  • Join us for our “The Best of Orphan Care” class at our Richmond Road Campus at the Cafe Classroom on Tuesday, June 23, 6:30pm to 7:30 pm and at our Harrodsburg Road Campus in Room F205 on Thursday, June 25, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • Check out our Adoptive Families Care Group the second Thursday of every month. Find out more here!

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - June 21

Posted on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 under Children Weekend Worship 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:  Creation Days 4-5 (Genesis 1-2 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God Made Everything
Bible Verse:  “In the beginning, God created the heavens, and the earth.” - Genesis 1:1 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness (Galatians 5:22-23 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When we show love, joy, peace, patience and kindness we can make a difference in the lives of others.
Bible Verse:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.”  - Galatians 5:22-23 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Who led you to Jesus?

Posted on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 under Expression 1

There were many who were part of leading me to Jesus. Which of these roles would you have most naturally played?
Matt - Christ follower. Matt was a committed Christian. He didn’t do the things I did. He simply befriended me. Sometimes he’d share his concern about some things I was doing but he wasn’t preachy. His life was convicting to me. He prayed for me. He spent time with Jesus daily. Bottom line: Matt was a friend who valued me as a person, accepting me as I was.
Nate - Campus ministry worker. Nate started a Bible Study in my dorm. I recall him asking us, “If you walked into the road and were killed by a bus, how certain are you that you’d be in heaven?” We discussed how we could know for sure where we stood with Jesus. Bottom line: Nate was a ministry leader who asked the hard questions, listened to my opinions, and shared his thoughts on truth.
Neil and Kevin - My roommates. Neil, Kevin and myself were all raised in church. But we felt that what we had experienced wasn’t quite the real deal. We were searching. Together. Bottom line: There’s power when people search together, when they’re not alone in the journey.
Chad - Christ follower. My friend Matt moved away during my second year of college. That void was filled by Chad. He was someone I could just hang out with and not feel like I had to pretend or be any different than who I was to be accepted. Bottom line: Chad was a great friend who loved Jesus and lived like Him.
Sara - Christ follower.  Sara was beautiful in a totally different way than I’d ever noticed beauty in a girl before. She loved Jesus in a vibrant, fun, and energetic way. To hear her pray was to hear someone talking comfortably with a close friend. I fell in love with her and eventually married her. Bottom line: Being vibrant - but being yourself - is a captivating expression of Jesus.
Lynn - Campus Minister. When I asked Lynn about following Jesus with my life he put the scriptures in my hands. I read what the Bible had to say about knowing God through Christ. At a follow-up connection we talked about scripture, what I was learning, and how God might want me to respond. I was baptized that week. Bottom line: Lynn trusted God’s Spirit and His Word to lead me without telling me what to do or what to believe. 
God - The Father, Son, Spirit. God wanted me to be part of His family forever. And He did what it took to draw me to Himself. He used lots of people in the process. Bottom line: All of the above happened because God invites all of His kids to participate in the process of bringing others home.
  • Who were the people involved in leading you to Christ?
  • Which part could you have most easily played in my story?
  • For whom are you a living reflection of Jesus in your world?

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Extend Hope

Posted on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 under Expression 4

If you’ve been around Southland very long, you’ve probably heard us use the phrase “generously extend hope…” and have seen us use #ExtendHope in quite a few of our posts to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Here’s the deal: it’s not just something we like saying—it’s actually part of DNA. It’s one of the defining pieces of who we are as a church.
Back in 2012, we had a weekend series called DNA of a Dangerous Church where we defined our mission as a church and laid out four statements called Expressions that help us focus our attention:
  1. Relentlessly Pursue a Transforming Relationship with God
  2. Sacrificially Serve our Families
  3. Radically Invest in the Next Generation
  4. Generously Extend Hope to the Poor
That fourth expression, Generously Extend Hope to the Poor, is the heart behind our Global Missions team. It’s also why, as a church, we re-invest over 10% of everything you give each weekend back into outreach and our partner ministries in Kentucky and around the globe. But the word poor isn’t just about money. We want everyone who calls Southland their home to also extend the Hope of Jesus to the emotionally, relationally, and spiritually poor. That’s why we encourage everyone to not only give with their finances, but also give with their time and their talents. And one of the ways you can do that is by going on a mission trip to serve alongside one of our amazing partner ministries.
One of those partner ministries we love supporting and serving alongside is Sonlight in Port de Paix, Haiti. Since education is such a major need for Haitian children, Sonlight operates a Christian school to serves kids from preschool through twelfth grade. And on August 22-29, we’re going to be sending a team down to Haiti to help them prepare for their fall semester and serve along their teachers and staff. Whether you’ve gone on a mission trip before or this would be your first time, we’d love to have you be a part of the team! It will be a perfect opportunity to serve with your time and talents and share the love of Jesus with the kids who attend Sonlight!
Contact me to learn more and sign up for this trip. I would love to answer any questions you might have and talk more about what it means to generously #ExtendHope to the poor by serving with our Global Missions team!

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

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