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E-Prayer

Posted on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 under Expression 1

I’ve read dozens of books explaining how to win people to Christ, but several years ago I decided to add something new to my efforts at evangelism: prayer! When I became intentional about praying for people who needed to come to Christ, I began to see some amazing results.   Here’s the principle: Don’t just say the right thing, pray the right thing!  
 
Nothing is more important than prayer. It’s the arm that moves the hand of God. Praying for people to come to Christ is always within the will of God. The Bible tells us that God isn’t willing that any should perish, but that everyone would come to Him (II Peter 3:9; I Timothy 2:4). Prayer is part of God’s ongoing plan for drawing people to Christ. Jesus modeled this very truth on the Cross when He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34). God answered His prayer. Aren’t you glad? Be assured He will answer our prayers for people who need salvation, too! Here are some of the things I pray for people— whether they’re a friend, family member, neighbor, or casual acquaintance.
  •  “God, open their eyes to the emptiness of life without you.”
  •  “Help them see their need for forgiveness.”
  •  “Protect them from deception, confusion and lies about spiritual things.” (2 Cor 4:3­4).
  •  “Pull down strongholds of disbelief and pride in their life” (II Cor. 10:3­5)
  •  “Send both influencers (people) and influences (circumstances) into their lives that will point them to You.”
  •  “Allow them to feel Your love and presence.”
Here are some things you can pray for yourself as you try to influence others.
  •  “Help me to be authentic and real.”  
  •  “Help me to be patient and kind.”
  •  “Allow them to see Jesus through me.”
  •  “Give me discernment and courage to know what to say and when.”
  •  “Help me to commit the results of my prayers and efforts to you.” (I Cor. 3:6­-7) 
  •  “Give me a compassionate heart.  Help me to never be content to go to heaven without them.”
Think about this: everyone will spend eternity somewhere. If there really is a heaven and there really is a hell, could anything in life be more important than helping people find God? The one thing the devil doesn’t want any of us to do is pray—especially for lost people. Why not take a minute-or-two right now to thwart his plans by praying for some people you know who need Jesus in their lives. Pray with confidence. You’re partnering with God! (I John 5:14-­15). He listens and He cares. The Cross proves it.

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

Parent Sneak Preview - May 2/3

Posted on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 under Children Expression 3

This week is Life Group Celebration weekend in all three environments.  There will not be a large group lesson, but our kids will spend extended time celebrating with their groups.  This is a fun time when kids are encouraged to celebrate their faith-filled friendships and all that God has done in their Life Group over the last year.
 
Special Challenge: We’d love for kids to write a letter to their Life Group Leader, letting them know how much the kids appreciate all they do for the group. 
 
Animation Station
Big Idea:  Let’s be thankful for faith-filled friends.  
Bible Verse:  “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. ” - 1 John 4:7
Worship
 
The Backlot
Big Idea:  Let’s be thankful for faith-filled friends.  
Bible Verse:  “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. ” - 1 John 4:7
Worship

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Pray for the Global Church

Posted on Sat, Apr 25, 2015 under Global Missions Weekend

There are many countries where people don’t get to experience the same religious freedoms we have here in the United States. It’s hard to imagine not being allowed to worship together on the weekends, post tweets about your friends getting baptized, or just read the Bible. But, in many countries, that’s reality. Hundreds of churches are destroyed and just as many Christians are killed for their faith each month around the world. And although we may not talk about them very often due to the persecution they might face, Southland partners with multiple ministries that impact countries like this.

We partner with ministries like TCM in Austria—an organization that teaches and helps raise up Christian leaders to go back and share the Gospel in their home countries. We also partner with organizations like Sonlight Academy in Haiti that focus on strengthening the Global Church. Each weekend, more than 10% of everything you give gets invested into our local outreach ministries and these global ministry partners. While we support these ministries financially, however, there’s a much greater need many of them have—our support in prayer.

Every single letter that Paul wrote to the churches he helped raise up included verses referencing how much he was praying for them. And, in the same way, we need to be praying for the teachers, students, pastors, and church leaders at our partner ministries, many of whom will face persecution for their faith.

Each Monday for the rest of this year, we’re challenging everyone at Southland to be praying for the persecuted church and, specifically, our global ministry partners. There are two ways you can be praying:

  1. This weekend, each program had the name of a specific person to pray for from one of our partner ministries. Although many of the students from these ministries asked to be represented anonymously, each tear-off in the program this weekend represents a real person. Put that card somewhere you'll see it each Monday and be reminded to pray for that individual.
  2. Pray each Monday for one of the specific requests listed below:
    • Pray for the health of our global partners.
    • Pray for safety.
    • Pray for their faith.
    • Pray for endurance and strength.
    • Pray for the persecutors, that they may know the goodness and salvation of Jesus Christ.

Would you help us unite as a church and pray for these ministries and the people they serve? Set a reminder on your phone, create a calendar event, or stick a Post-It on your computer screen—whatever you need to do to remind you to pray each Monday!

Add a Reminder to My Calendar

Lizz Kunz
Global Outreach Logistics Leader

Student Summer Trips

Posted on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 under Expression 3

Student Summer Trips
 
This summer we are taking our high school and middle school students on a life-changing trip called CIY!
 
If you’re a high school student, you should join us at MOVE! We’ll drive down to Panama City Beach, Florida, to soak in the sun and dip our toes in the ocean while we learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus. You’ll love the dynamic worship and solid teaching you’ll receive all week, while also connecting with a small group of students like you.
 
If you’re a middle school student, you should join us at MIX! We’ll head down to Knoxville, Tennessee, and stay on the campus of Johnson University. We take over the campus with hundreds of middle schoolers! We’ll worship with an awesome band, learn from some of the best speakers from around the nation, and play the craziest games you’ve ever played (last year there may or may not have been a gorilla chase happening one night…). You’ll get to know new friends and learn more about what it means to give God your entire life!
 
Head to southlandchristian.org/students for more information, or check out our MOVE FAQ Video or our MIX FAQ Video!
 
 
 

David Hausknecht
Middle School Director - Harrodsburg Road

Southland Students Serve

Posted on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 under Expression 3

Across all three of our campuses, Southland's middle and high school students have spent the last month learning about Jesus: who he is, why he came, and what it means to follow him. They discovered that the heartbeat of Jesus' life and ministry was all about servanthood and they practiced what Jesus preached by participating in Serve Night this past Wednesday evening. Over 800 students, ages 11-18, poured out of our church walls and into the cities of Lexington, Danville, and Nicholasville to lend a helping hand, offer encouragement, or give gifts!
 
One 6th grade group delivered groceries and baby clothes to a local family. Another group stuffed a brand new backpack with clothes, food, and hygiene supplies for a gentleman they met outside of a downtown coffee shop. They stuffed treat bags for students in The Academy, wrote encouraging notes and gave gifts to nurses and patients at UK children's hospital, played board games with nursing home residents, encouraged the Lexington Police and Fire Departments, cleaned up a local park, and tons of other awesome stuff!
 
Check out the pictures below, or search #southlandstudentsserve on Instagram/Twitter, to see the impact our students made! If you know a Southland student, be sure to ask them about their Serve Night experience!

Stephanie Boxx
Student Ministry Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - Richmond Road

Baby Dedication: Building Your Family On Jesus

Posted on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 under Children Expression 3

Have you ever tried to work a jigsaw puzzle without the box lid? It’s frustrating, right? Last Christmas I was trying to work on a tough puzzle with my family, but my wife kept  stealing the lid to work on her part.  
 
So I kept stealing it back because, let’s face it, without the lid, I was up a creek. Without the lid I had no idea how the puzzle went together or what it was supposed to look like when it was done. All I could do was randomly shuffle pieces around hoping to find a fit.  
 
Sometimes parenting feels like this to me. In the hustle and bustle of raising kids, we make a million choices trying to get it right, hoping we don’t mess our kids up too much before it’s all said and done.  
 
But what makes it hard is that it’s all so immediate. Because kids have so many urgent needs, it’s tough not just to parent in the moment. Someone once said that when it comes to parenting, the days are long but the years are short.  
 
In the midst of those long days, it’s hard to remember to look at the big picture of who God wants our kids to become. So, we shuffle the pieces, hoping what we’re doing fits in with God’s plan for their lives.
 
The great news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t have to parent randomly. We don’t have to just “wing it.” We have a box lid with a clear picture of the kind of people God wants our kids to become. We see this picture in the life of Jesus.  
 
Day-by-day, choice-by-choice, God wants to use parents to help kids be transformed into the image of His Son. It really is possible to lead our kids to become like Jesus and live an amazing life.  
 
But all of that starts with our decision to draw a line in the sand and say, “As far as it depends on me, I’m going to create a home where the picture of Jesus is the center of everything of we do.”
 
That’s why every year we offer a baby dedication service. It’s a chance for parents to commit to building a Christ-centered family that will help their kids have a vibrant relationship with God. It’s also a time for friends and family to gather around parents and commit to doing their part to help raise their children to know Jesus.  
 
If you’d like to participate in this year’s Baby Dedication service on Sunday, June 14, you can sign up here.
 
Please note, there will be a video presentation during the service with photos of families who are participating that day. If you would like to have your photo included, you must submit the file in the online registration form by June 1.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - April 25/26

Posted on Mon, Apr 20, 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:  Peter in jail (Acts 12:1-17 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I can pray to Jesus anytime
Bible Verse:  “Pray continually.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Generous vs. Greedy - parable of the rich man storing up grain (Luke 12:16-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants us to be generous
Bible Verse:  “Do what is good. ...give freely...be willing to share.” - 1 Timothy 6:18 NIrV
Worship: 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Southland U Kickoff!

Posted on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 under Expression 1


We were so excited last night as 200 people rolled into Parkside Theater to take part of our first session of Southland U. Dr. Johnny Pressley came down from Cincinnati Christian University to launch the program with a study of Ethics. 
 
We could not be more thrilled that so many of you have taken this step to gain deeper understanding of God’s Word. It just shows us how committed you are! Thanks to all of you that came and, if you’re interested but didn’t get to make it last night, be sure to sign up for the final five weeks!

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Volunteer with the Production Team

Posted on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 under Weekend Expression 1

It’s staggering to think about the way technology enables the Gospel to go out around the world. Even here at Southland, I’m blown away when I think about how all of us are simultaneously worshipping together and hearing the exact same message, across three different campuses, and in three different cities! But, what’s even more amazing, is when you realize that all of that’s possible because of a hard-working crew of volunteers.
 
Every weekend, it takes a group of around 40 volunteers across all of our campuses to make our weekend services happen. They're a group of hard-working men and women who sacrificially serve with their time and talents to help others see Jesus more clearly.
 
Everything involved on the production side of the weekend experience—cameras, graphics, stage management,  and even the lighting—is to help us and our communities experience Christ and His love. And, even if you’ve never had any experience with any of these roles, we’d still love to have you be a part of the team! Most of our volunteers didn't have any experience before serving. We have a great crew of volunteers and staff folks that will train you and help you learn everything you need to know.
 
So, give me a shout if you're interested or just want to learn more.

Aaron Ranson
Producer - Danville

Transition

Posted on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 under Expression 3

Here at Southland, we have a set of expressions that really affect the way we do things.  One of those, Expression #3, says that we radically invest in the next generation.  We believe that our next generation of believers, that being students, are just as important and just as valuable as anyone else within our church.  They are the church of today and they are going to change the world.
 
With that being said, we are radically investing in our student ministries here at Southland, and looking to always better the services we provide for your children.  Whether that be through our programming, teaching, life group curriculum or simply playing games and eating food. We want to make sure that we are providing a culture that is not only inviting and accepting but a place to help them grow in their faith with Jesus Christ.  One of the things that comes with this is change.  Change is an essential part of growth and health within the ministry. That is why, if you haven’t noticed yet, Danville will be combining both LIFT (middle school) and Amplify (high school) from here on out.
 
We want our student environments to be a place that is energetic, exciting, welcoming, and a place where students can learn the value in serving.  With combining both LIFT and Amplify into one service, we will increase our critical mass, bringing more energy and excitement to both games and worship.  This will also be a time when our upper classmen in high school can begin to serve in student ministries in various capacities, whether that be production, stage hosts, or co-leading younger life groups.  We will still be splitting for age appropriate life groups, and allowing students to grow with peers in their same age range.
 
The new meeting time for Danville Student Ministry will be Wednesday nights, 7-9pm.  If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at jdoyle@southlandchristian.org.  You can also call me at (859) 224-1618!  You can also follow us on Twitter or Instagram at SCCStudentsDan.  Thank you for working with us through this growth period and allowing us to maintain the level of excellence we are committed to!

Justin Doyle
Student Ministry Leader - Danville

What’s my next step?

Posted on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 under Expression 1

My wife, Angie, has been training for a 26.2 mile marathon. Beyond my own comprehension, she loves the challenge of plodding along, one foot in front of another for more miles than I even care to drive in my truck. The training for such an endeavor is mind blowing. Just last weekend she ran 22 miles. But within that 22 miles, she ran with lots of different ladies. They didn’t all run that full distance. But they all ran. One friend stuck with her for the long haul. One joined them at mile 10 and ran the final 12. One just ran the last 6 alongside everyone else. Since they’re all at different training levels, they just joined in where they could. It took some coordination on the front end, but they all ran together
 
One of my favorite things about being a part of Southland is seeing people get connected. No matter where you are, there’s always some place to jump in or some opportunity to get involved. And the key to that is the “no matter where you” are part. If I were going to join Angie on that 22 miler, I’d have to join in at 21.5 miles. And that’s okay!  They would have welcomed me for that little bit. We feel the same way at Southland. No matter where you are, we just want you to take your next step. 
 
I put a list of some next steps together. Think through which one may be your next step. 
  • Try out Daily Devotionals. Struggling to spend daily time in Scripture? The Daily Devotionals are a great way to start and we’ll even send them straight to your inbox five days a week. 
  • Forgive yourself. Jesus will do crazy awesome things in your life when you begin to let go and grab hold of forgiveness. 
  • Serve somewhere. Stop by Connection Point on the weekend and we’ll have that conversation with you. If you’re not serving, we’d love to plug you in!
  • Invite someone to church. Jesus asks all of us to share Him with others. If you haven’t done that recently, maybe you need to set a goal to do it soon!
  • Surrender your finances to the God. Giving is a discipline that can be tough to get your head around. If you need somewhere to start, give to Dollar Club every week and make a plan to grow from there. 
  • Walk away from strongholds in your life. If you’re stuck in sin and it’s sucking you in like quicksand, choose to walk away. We’d love to throw you a rope and see you walking towards something better. 
  • Get plugged into Biblical Community. It comes in all shapes and forms. But we’ll help you find it if you need some assistance. 
This isn’t the perfect list. And it is, by no means, every next step that’s out there. I just want you to know that, no matter where you are, we’ll meet you there along the way. Just like Angie and her running buddies, the run is SO MUCH EASIER when we’re all doing it together. Life is the same way. It’s easier when you meet up with your church to take your next step. We’re here for you. If you need anything or have any questions, give me a shout. 

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - April 18/19

Posted on Mon, Apr 13, 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:  Paul and Silas pray in jail (Acts 16:24-34 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I can pray to Jesus anywhere
Bible Verse:  “The Lord will hear when I call to Him.” - Psalm 4:3b NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Humble vs. Prideful - parable of the prideful man (Luke 14:7-14 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants us to be humble
Bible Verse:   “All those who lift themselves up will be made humble. And those who make themselves humble will be lifted up.” -  Luke 14:11 NIrV
Worship: 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Be Unforgettable!

Posted on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 under Children Expression 3

Be Unforgettable. from Southland Christian Church.

What are your favorite memories from when you were a kid? Building blanket forts? Riding bikes? Catching fireflies in a jar?  
 
For me, I loved to play in the woods. Growing up in the country, my backyard was several acres of trees, hills and a creek—a world of adventure waiting to be explored.  
 
One day I would be Indiana Jones. The next day a superhero, a pirate, or a knight in shining armor. It was a magical time that I’ll never forget.
 
But, as great as those memories are, the most unforgettable moments of my childhood involve people. The people who loved me, believed in me, and inspired me. I think about my mom and dad. My grandparents. My 3rd grade teacher. And, I think about Mrs. Kiefer, the sweet old lady who came and told Bible stories at our school.  
 
Those people are unforgettable.  
 
Today you have the chance to be unforgettable too. By leading in Children’s Ministry you can be that person who loves a kid in a way that changes their life forever. Not every kid’s childhood is magical. For some, childhood is a dark and lonely time, but you can be the one who changes all of that.  
 
By serving in Nursery, Preschool or Elementary environments, you can show kids they matter to God and that He has an amazing plan for their lives. We call that radically investing in the next generation.  
 
Lead a second grade Life Group. Play games with a 3 year old. Rock a baby. Tell a story. These kids and their parents will never forget you, and more importantly, they will never forget the God you brought into their lives.  
 
So take a next step, make a difference in Children’s Ministry and become unforgettable today.  For more information on serving God’s kids, contact Wende.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor


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