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Pour out Your Heart

Posted on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 under Worship Expression 1

I looked up the definition of prayer this week and it surprised me. By definition, a prayer is “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” I think the word “solemn” surprised me most. I thought about Hannah in the Old Testament pouring out her heart to God so passionately that the priest thought she was drunk. I thought about David who writes in Psalms that he covered his bed with tears and poured out his heart to God. I thought about Daniel begging God for mercy to understand the king’s dream. Here’s the bottom line: the solemnity of prayer is that we are talking to a holy God whom we only have a right to approach because of Jesus (checkout Hebrews 9-10). The solemnity of prayer is that our God can do what we ask—He’s all powerful and nothing is impossible for Him. The solemnity of prayer, however, is not a lack of expression or heart wrenching honesty. Prayer involves a pouring out of our hearts. And the most powerful prayers are those offered from the most surrendered place. 
This Tuesday at Night of Worship, you’re going to have the chance to pour out your heart in prayer. We’re going to set up this special Night of Worship in a way that puts us in a posture of surrender and sets the stage for powerful and effective prayer. Come ready to pour out your heart to God and receive all He has to offer in His presence and through singing about His love, His goodness, His faithfulness, and His promises.
Come out and join us on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm in Theater 81 at the Harrodsburg Road Campus. We can’t wait to see you there!

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

What Do I Do Next?

Posted on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 under Expression 3

So you’ve prayed a long time for someone who’s not a believer, then suddenly, in the course of a conversation, they ask you a spiritual question?  Now what?  Their question takes you off guard and you’re not sure what to do.  I’ve got a couple of suggestions.
  1. Be sure to tell your story.   At the end of the day, that’s what people will remember.  No one can really argue with a personal testimony.  They may argue with your ideas about a number of theological issues or religious questions, but there’s no denying the fact that Jesus changed your life.  So tell your story.  It’s a good idea to work on that in advance and be ready.  A good personal testimony will talk about three things:
    • Your life before Christ  (BC  before Christ)
    • How you came to Christ  (IC, in Christ)
    • Your life after Christ (AC after Christ,  i.e. the difference He has made in your life).

    When opportunity to share your faith comes your way, if you do nothing else, make sure you tell your story.  There’s amazing power in one’s personal story.
  2. Ask good questions.   Don’t try to explain everything, just ask good questions.  Here are some examples:
  • What has your spiritual journey been like, Bob?
  • What do you think the world needs more than anything else?
  • Do you ever wish you could start over in some areas of your life?
  • Have you ever read the Bible?  If so, what did you think about it?   If not, would that be something you’d be willing to explore.  Can I help?
  • What are some of the things about God that you have a hard time understanding?
  • Is there anything about God that frightens you?
  • Was there ever a time in your life when you were loved unconditionally?  How’d that feel.
  • Do you ever wish you could know God better?
  • If you were in charge of the universe, how would you run things?
So there you have it:  Tell your story and ask good questions.  Remember those two simple directives and you’ll be better able to share your faith when the opportunity comes your way.  Oh, and of course, pray.  Always pray!   Then leave the results to God.  

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

Parent Sneak Preview - October 18

Posted on Mon, Oct 12, 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.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Baby Moses  (Exodus 2:1-10 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God cares and wants to protect me
Bible Verse:  “He cares for you.” - 1 Peter 5:7 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Passover - God delivers  (Exodus 11:1-3, 12:-31-36,40  NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is faithful, so I can trust Him to deliver on His promises
Bible Verse:  “The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all he has made.” Psalm 145:13 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

A Step Closer to the Help They Need

Posted on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 under Expression 4

If you're new to Southland, one of the things important to know is that we're a church who wants to generously extend hope to people around the globe and in our local communities. It's one of our four Expressions—one of the specific ways we focus our attention. And each Sunday, you have a chance to be a part of extending hope to families right here in Central Kentucky just by giving an extra dollar to our Dollar Club.

This past week, because you gave an extra dollar for the Dollar Club, we were able to extend hope to a family and help them in their process of obtaining a much-needed service dog.

When he was 26 months old, they received a diagnosis of autism, sensory processing disorder, and a feeding disorder for their son. Unfortunately, he doesn't understand the concept of danger with things like running into the street in traffic, running away, or hot surfaces. And as he gets older and stronger, it has become more difficult for the family and other caretakers to prevent him from harming himself. After researching and praying for months, the family was finally accepted into a program to receive a service dog. Unfortunately, the process of training the dog can often take up to two years, requires professional animal trainers, and can be an astronomical expense.

However, because you gave an extra dollar last week for the Dollar Club, we're able to help them come one step closer to purchasing the Autism Assistance service dog they need for their son. It will be trained to track his tendency to run away and to deflect any potential behavior meltdowns as well as provide a sense of independence, freedom, safety, and security. Ultimately, this service dog could potentially save their son's life by helping him avoid dangerous situations.

It's amazing to think that a gift as seemingly small as a dollar has the power to impact a family in such a life-changing way. So next Sunday, remember to give an extra dollar for the Dollar Club and help us continue to extend hope to people here in Central Kentucky!

Justin Meeker
Communications Director

Southland Students Serve

Posted on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 under Expression 4

What happens when you invest in the next generation and then they start investing their lives in others? You get the best possible outcome! 
I’m not sure what you did when you were in High School, but I hope one day my kids are like the students pictured above. They spend each and every Monday night going to the streets of Nicholasville, serving and loving on the kids who live in the neighborhood. In addition to the time they spend with the children, they mow yards for the elderly and discover more about how to meet the real needs of the people who live in the neighborhood. 
It is truly incredible to see fifty High School students heading out each week to spend time with and make a difference for people in their city. We could all learn from their example and look deeply at God’s challenge to turn our focus towards someone else.
That’s exactly what these students have done. Keep it up Southland Students! You may not know it, but you’re leading our church in a big way!
Interested in joining our Serve the City Team to do exactly what these High School Students are doing in a community in Lexington or Nicholasville? Contact Janelle Earley

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator


Posted on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 under Expression 1

A few weeks ago the Kelly family moved to North Carolina and we are certain they will be as much of a blessing there as they were here. They’ve left a legacy for anyone who comes behind them. Their entire family has spent 19 years serving, worshiping, and investing in Southland Christian Church. They did it because their love for Jesus runs deep and it’s evident in how they spend their time.
The Kelly family has given their lives away to people in need. David (in the orange shirt above) has been a faithful volunteer with Charlie, our Helping Through Him Leader, for almost 20 years. In addition to serving on the HTH team, David was also one of the first ever Jesus Prom attendees. He also taught and led worship for our Celebrate Jesus Class. David’s legacy in this church will run deep because he just “got it”. He got that his life was meant to be given away and it wasn’t just about him. 
In the years that the Kelly family served at HTH, David’s father Mike, mother Deloris, sister Allison, and brother-in-law Joe have all joined the team. They have sorted thousands of clothes, loaded up hundreds of washers and dryers, and given away more couches to people in this city than you would believe. So many families have received items they need because of their hard work and dedication. 
We wanted to express our thanks to the Kelly family for serving Christ and the Church for so long. Your Southland family loves you!
If you’ve ever thought about joining our HTH team, contact Charlie Easterly.

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator

An Unforgettable Gift

Posted on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 under Evangelism Expression 1

When I was in high school, I decided to bless my friend Chuck with an unforgettable gift. I ordered him a double CD set of Zamfir, Master of the Pan Flute. Who is Zamfir, you ask? He’s a Romanian musician whose commercials ran night and day on cable TV back in the 80’s, and my friends and I made fun of him constantly.

Near the end of my senior year, however, I decided to take the joke to the next level. I called the number in the commercial and ordered Chuck his very own copy of Zamfir Plays the World’s Most Beautiful Melodies. The commercial said this collection was not sold in any stores, so I knew it would be a special treat.

Best of all, I ordered Zamfir C.O.D., cash on delivery. That meant that when it arrived at Chuck’s door, he’d have to fork over $20. This is how teenage guys express their love for another.

What I forgot, though, was that Chuck’s dad was also named Chuck. So, when Zamfir arrived at his door demanding $20, Chuck Sr. thought someone had sent it to him. For some reason, he returned it. Sadly, neither of the two Chucks appreciated Zamfir as much as I hoped they would, but I guess not everyone has an ear for the pan flute.

When it comes to sharing our faith, sometimes we treat the good news of God’s love like a double Zamfir CD. It can feel like we’re trying to stick our friends with something they will surely reject. Yet, the reality is that we are offering the hope of abundant life. It’s not just about getting into heaven or receiving a fresh start in the here and now. It’s about experiencing life with God and the best that He has to offer.

In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” This doesn’t mean God promises health and wealth. In fact, believers around the world often experience just the opposite. It does mean, however, that Jesus is the source of a thriving life. Whatever circumstances the world throws at us, we can experience a joy and a hope that just won’t quit.

Who wouldn’t want to offer this opportunity to the people they love? We’re not burdening anyone. We’re extending the invitation to the best gift ever. And the most effective way to share this gift? Live it. Enjoy it. Let it overflow in your life in the way you love people. Then pray for opportunities to give it away.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - October 11

Posted on Mon, Oct 05, 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.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Joseph Forgives  (Genesis 45:1-8 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is forgiving, so I can forgive others
Bible Verse:  “Be kind to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you ...” Ephesians 4:32 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Moses and the 10 plagues  (Exodus 6:1-11:10 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is all powerful, so I can be bold against those who oppose Him.
Bible Verse:  “Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” - Joshua 1:9 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Free Feast

Posted on Sun, Oct 04, 2015 under Expression 4

Do you remember living in the dorms and your idea of cooking was heating up something in the microwave?  Or when the money ran out in your plus account and you were stuck eating cereal and ramen for the rest of the semester?  These are typical challenges for college students.
Let's come together and let our college students know how much we love them and how much God loves them!
On November 1 in Danville and at 608, we are throwing a church-wide potluck for college students called Free Feast.  We want to provide college students at 608 and in Danville a good home-cooked meal  and a place where they can invite their friends.  But we need your help!
Starting this weekend, you can visit our website and sign up to bring an item on the menu.  You can sign up to bring a main dish, side, dessert, or—for those who don't cook—drinks. It seems simple, but a home cooked meal can make a big impact on a college student in the middle of a hard semester.

Brian Lucas
Campus Leader - Danville

Hope for Haiti

Posted on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 under Expression 4

How many gifts would you say you receive each year? Five? Ten? More than twenty? Don’t you just love it when you receive a gift? It’s exciting to know someone has taken the time to think about how to bless you and then taken steps to make that happen... in the form of a gift.
Remember Hope for Haiti? You know, when we all pooled our time and resources to pack a million meals to feed 3,500 kids in Haiti for an entire year? Well, this year we are taking Hope for Haiti one step further to bless 5,000 children with a Christmas gift. We’re asking each of you to grab a bag out in the concourse area this weekend. Then, simply take that bag and fill it with ONLY the items listed on packing list included inside the bag. These items are for school and greatly needed by the children so they can learn and grow. After you have filled a Christmas Bag, just bring it back to Connection Point by November 8!
Thanks for being a part of sharing joy with these wonderful children.  Our prayer is that, through your generosity, they will come to know the greatest gift we ever received, Jesus Christ! 
Would you like to dive in deeper with Global Outreach?
  • If you would like to help us distribute these bags in Haiti please stop by Connection Point to learn more.
  • If you would like to know more about opportunities to go and serve in Haiti or other places, join us for our 2016 Global Trip Information Meeting on October 18 at 3pm in Building C at the Harrodsburg Road campus.

Download the Packing List

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

Pass on Your Values: Wills and Estate Planning

Posted on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 under Expression 1

Have you put a plan in place for your finances after you’re gone?  What about your children - who will take care of them if something happens to you?  If you haven’t put a plan in place to deal with these issues, there may be no better time to take the first step towards an estate plan than October 11th.  That’s the date of our next Wills & Estate Planning seminars, which will be offered at our Richmond Road and Harrodsburg Road campuses.  Southland has partnered with Financial Planning Ministry, an organization that comes alongside Christian churches to provide information to its members about wills, living trusts and other estate planning tips. They’ve already worked with dozens of Southland families to put a will or living trust in place, and Financial Planning Ministry can help you put your plan in place at no upfront cost to you.
  • The Wills & Estate Planning seminars with Financial Planning Ministry will be offered on Sunday, October 11th.
    • The first seminar will be held at 9:30am at Parkside Theater at the Richmond Road campus.  
    • The same seminar will then be held at 11:15am in Room A242 at the Harrodsburg Road campus.  
 If you have any questions, you can contact me!

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Just Jump In!

Posted on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 under Expression 3

For many people, signing up to be a mentor can be scary business. It is hard to get to know a student! I recently received this story from one of our mentors. It is a great reminder that mentors can make a huge difference in the life of a child and end up being blessed themselves!
(Names have been changed to protect the students.)
I began mentoring Justin when he was a 3rd grader, and he is now a 5th grader. The mentoring program has been such a blessing to me (and I was supposed to be helping someone else). 
The impact the mentoring program has on kids that really need someone else in their lives is huge. It's also so important to keep with it, even if it is hard when you first start. I started with Justin and it was a rough start – he was NOT an easy kid to work with. I really wanted to quit early because I thought I had gotten the wrong kid, but God knew he was more wise than I was when he placed me with Justin because as I was about to make my decision to quit, Justin mentioned that another mentor had quit on him. I couldn't let him down. He needed someone to be there for him, and I wanted to be the one who came through.
Slowly we got moving in the right direction, and I began to see progress with him. Believe it or not, not only did I mentor Justin, but I now mentor his brother Andrew and sometimes his cousins on the weekends. Justin was terrified of water so we went swimming this summer. It was so rewarding seeing him make great progress. My kids are jealous (not really – they laugh) that I now just jump into the pool without easing into the water as I did with them. I am teaching Justin to just “just go for it and jump in” the cold water. I really hate the cold water, but for him I just do it. 
We have been to movies, his football games, spent time listening to his music, etc. I can’t say how much I have been blessed to get to see Justin and his brother. It all started when I decided to step out of my comfort zone and “just go for it and jump in” . 
If you've been sitting on the fence, maybe today is your day to jump into our mentoring program! Sign up to be a mentor today!

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

Salvation is for Everyone

Posted on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 under Expression 1

"But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, "How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!" Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)
Our recent baptism event was incredible! I loved hearing all the stories of how God was speaking into hearts and then watching the response to His call in their lives. I had the awesome privilege of sharing in the baptism of 4 young ladies. What was really special is seeing them be baptized by their Life Group leaders. These leaders simply give of their time, share their heart, and are available to come alongside this next generation! I cannot think of a more impressionable time in the life of these students.
My heart beats for our next generation to know Jesus loves them, died for them, and invites them into a relationship with Him. All of us have some means by which to connect with a next generation student: we have them as children, they live in our neighborhoods, they play on our ball teams, they attend our church, and so much more. How can we reach them?
I love the progression of extending the Good News in Romans...call, believe, hear, listen, go! How can we be messengers of Good News to our next generation? I am finding it is in being around them and intentionally placing ourselves in places where they are; that we can be extenders of this amazingly Good News.
Pray for a student today. The battle wages for them. Let's ramp up our connection and love a student today towards Jesus.

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

Parent Sneak Preview - October 4

Posted on Mon, Sep 28, 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.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Joseph and His Brothers  (Genesis 37:1-11 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God knows everything, so I can trust Him
Bible Verse:  “Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” - Psalm 27:14 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Moses and the burning bush  (Exodus 3:1-11 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is always at work so I need to pay attention to when he wants to use me
Bible Verse:  “Perhaps while you are there, you will look to the Lord your God. You will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” - Deuteronomy 4:29 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

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