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Loving People the Way God Does

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

I think the Jesus Prom series has been one of my favorites. Because, honestly, this entire series has centered on what we're all about here at Southland—unleashing a revolution of love. Over the past three weekends, we've learned that the easiest way to do that is by loving the same people that Jesus loves and showing that love through our actions.

If you were here this past weekend, you may have heard Jon talk about a special simulcast event that's happening at the Richmond Road Campus this Thursday, October 23 at 7pm. Bob Goff will be here to help kick off the release of Jon's book, Jesus Prom, and everyone is invited to come join us as we keep the celebration going that started during this series! There will be some great music, special guests, and we'll hear from Jon and Bob about how life gets fun when you love people the way God does.

If you're wondering what the book is about, check out the video below. Then, come back and celebrate with us on Thursday!

Justin Meeker
Communications Director

Big Picture Show Sneak Preview - October 25/26

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 under Children Weekend Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. So we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you! Take five minutes this week and read the Bible story with your child and talk about the questions below. You can also listen to the songs we'll be singing this weekend!


Bible Story: Joash rebuilds the temple - 2 Kings 11:21-12

Big Idea: God wants me to obey!

Talk About: As a family, talk about what it means to obey and how we all need to obey what God says.

Worship Songs:

The B-I-B-L-E
by Singin' Praise Tots

Forever and Ever
by John Delich

I Can Obey
by Singin' Praise Tots


Bible Story: David Spares Saul’s Life - 1 Samuel 24:1-13

Big Idea: #GodIsKing

Talk About: Make a crown together. Talk about how God is King over all and how we are his sons and daughters, which makes us princes and princesses.

Worship Songs:

Movin’ Me
by Chris Cauley

You Only
by Jeffrey B. Scott

Lord I Need You
by Matt Maher

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

Out of the fog

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 4

A few days ago I was driving in the thickest fog I’ve ever seen. It was morning, but was so dark that I could only see about 10 feet in front of me. As I crossed a bridge, it got worse and I couldn’t believe how blinded I felt. I wasn’t sure what was in front of me, next to me, or behind me and it made me very uncomfortable.
I thought about pulling over and stopping until it cleared, but as I started up a hill the fog began to lift. I could see a little sunlight shining through and then I saw the vibrant blue sky, the amazing colors of the autumn leaves, and the road in front of me was clear again.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I thought of how much that few minutes in the fog is what life is like without Jesus. Moving through each day unsure, in darkness, with no direction and some days just wanting to stop. Life with Jesus is sure, clear, and full of hope. We all have family, friends, and neighbors who are going through life in a fog. What is holding us back from telling them about Jesus so that they can know the hope and clarity that we have?
In Mark 16, after the disciples had spent time with Jesus, they went and told people the good news of Jesus. Verse 20 says “The followers went everywhere in the world and told the Good News to people, and the Lord helped them.” I don’t know about you, but after I spend time with Jesus in the morning, I don’t go into all the world, or even Danville, and tell people about the Good News of Jesus. Why is that?
I guess I figure they’ll come and ask if they want to know, or someone else will tell them. Either way, I want to change and pray that God will forgive me for all the missed opportunities and give me another chance to make the most of the opportunities to come. I can get involved through Southland in so many ways: working with Serve the City, learning about missions trips coming up, or being a mentor in a local school. I pray that you will join me in helping people out of the fog by telling them the good news of Jesus.

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

Global Mission Trip Meeting

Posted on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 under Global Missions Expression 4

You've heard us talk a lot about Haiti.  Jon has openly shared his heart for the country.  You've probably even been a part of the mission one way or another through tithing, prayer, or packing a million meals.  
I want to invite each of you who have had global outreach cross your mind, even if only once, to join us for one hour on Sunday, October 26 at 3pm in Building C at our Harrodsburg Road Campus.
Maybe the idea of going on a mission trip has scarcely crossed your mind, but you're curious of what we're doing around the globe.  Or, maybe you have a skill set that you've been wanting to apply to a partner in Haiti, but need some guidance in how to take the next step.  It could even be that you've had missions on your heart for a while and now is the time to just take a leap of faith!
Regardless of where you are in the thought process of serving on the global mission field, this meeting is a great way to simply learn.  So, join us for an hour, hear some great stories, eat some good food, and meet people who are in the same place as you in this process.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Lizz Kunz
Global Outreach Logistics Leader

Excuse Me… Is It Too Late?

Posted on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 4

"When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum. At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us. So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it. When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed." Luke 7:1-10
Last week we had the amazing privilege of seeing many people get baptized! It was an incredible evening. One scene in particular stood out to me. We were wrapping up and all the crowds had gone away. Our team was breaking down tables, stacking chairs, and taking down tent(s). The sun was going down and the weather was looking bleak. 
All of a sudden a young man comes rushing up to where our team was tearing down. He stepped over toward us and asked, “Excuse me...is it too late?” Wow—those words were so impactful. We said, “No way...come on down to the water!” As Jon was baptizing this young man, you could see the joy on his face and the hope in his eyes. 
I loved the urgency this young man came with and the faith that moved him to follow Jesus. 
I'd like to encourage all of us to think about a time in our journey when our faith moved us to follow Jesus more intently; with more urgency. Let's take some time over this next week to reflect and pray for someone that we could share our faith with. 

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

Gathering to Remember

Posted on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 under Worship Expression 1

Sometimes we just need to remember what’s important. My oldest daughter, Avery, read Psalm 78 aloud to our family the other night. Before you picture family devotion bliss, please know that my middle daughter fell asleep on my lap and my three year-old son played with construction trucks and bombed them with teddy bears. At least two or three of the five of us listened—most of the time! While she read, I noticed the value of remembering what God has done.
See these words from Psalm 78:9-17:
The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law. They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them. He did miracles in the sight of their fathers...He divided the sea and led them through...He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night. He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water...he brought streams out of a rocky crag...But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
Do you ever judge the Israelites in the Old Testament? We read passages like this and think, “How could you ever forget walking through a parted sea?” “What’s wrong with you people?” God fed them daily with manna, yet they test him and ask for meat. They use their plunder from Egypt to build an idol about two seconds after being freed from oppressive slavery. They so quickly forgot how things were before and all that God had done as He led them to freedom.
Worship reminds us who God is and what He has done. Worship also reminds us to remember. You read that right. We need to be reminded to remember what God has done and what He has promised He will do. Living in a state of remembering both the fulfilled and coming promises of God helps us not to sin. Living in a state of remembering both the fulfilled and coming promises of God helps us live with joy. To remember who God is and what He’s capable of secures our hearts and our hope in Him.
We plan to remember God’s promises this month at Night of Worship. What a great opportunity to invite someone in your life who needs to know who God says He is, and what the Bible tells us He’s done. More than anything, today and at Night of Worship we need to remember He loved us enough to send Jesus to die for us and He loves us still - daily, truly, completely. See you October 14th at 6:30pm in Theater 81 at Harrodsburg Road, or at our Danville Campus in the Auditorium!

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Big Picture Show Sneak Preview - October 18/19

Posted on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 under Children Weekend Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. So we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you! Take five minutes this week and read the Bible story with your child and talk about the questions below. You can also listen to the songs we'll be singing this weekend!


Bible Story: A Little Girl helps Naaman 2 Kings 5

Big Idea: God wants me to Help Others!

Talk About: Find 5 small ways to help others this week. Maybe just helping in with the groceries or holding a door open.

Worship Songs:

by Studio Musicians

The B-I-B-L-E
by Singin' Praise Tots

I’m Gonna Walk
by Willow Creek


Bible Story: Sauls Jealous of David 1 Samuel 18:1-16

Big Idea: #GodIsEverywhere

Talk About: Play hide and seek as a family. Talk about how God is with you wherever you go because God is everywhere!

Worship Songs:

Movin’ Me
by Chris Cauley

No One Higher
by Ryan Stewart

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

Relentless Pursuit

Posted on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 under Weekend Expression 1 Expression 3

I love hearing stories like Matthew's. And we want to hear even more of them in 2015.
Our mission at Southland is to Unleash a Revolution of Love, and one of the ways we relentlessly pursue that mission is by investing in the next generation. 
On December 6/7, we're going to be collecting a special year-end that will help us send even more students on ministry trips, invest in our student ministry environments, and open the doors of a brand new campus in Georgetown, Kentucky. We want to give even more students the chance to experience the same life-changing love of Jesus as Matthew did!
We're asking everyone to pray about giving at least $100—which just comes out to $2 a day between now and December 7. For some of you, maybe that's just one less trip through the drive-thru each week or one less cup of coffee. We know that some of you can give more than that, but we really want everybody to be a part!
So, between now and December 6/7, pray about what you can give to be a part of our year-end offering and help us unleash a revolution of love!

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Jesus Prom

Posted on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 1

We are just a few weeks away from Jesus Prom 2014! It is an exciting event that truly helps us extend hope and love. 
There are some key things we want you to know as we continue to move towards prom on Friday, November 7:
  1. Jesus Prom Theme: Join us Camping Under the Stars. This is not a formal prom year, and we are encouraging all registered attendees to dress in casual camping clothes, flannel, etc. 
  2. Jesus Prom Gift: This year’s gift giveaway will be new bottles of perfume and cologne. We will have designated tables at each campus where you can drop off your donated gift beginning October 11/12.
  3. Volunteer Registration: We have had several Life Groups, college students/groups, families, etc. ask about registering to volunteer as a group (i.e. like Meal Pack registration). Due to the unique nature of our background screening for this specific event, each volunteer will need to register as an individual. You can register for any of our volunteer positions here. Please note that Parking and Escort volunteers have an age restriction. 
  4. Attendee Registration: This year ALL attendee registration/RSVP will be completed online. If you hear/know of an individual or group that wishes to attend prom, please direct them to our website to the RSVP link www.southlandchristian.org/jesusprom. If there are additional questions contact me.   
We're looking forward to another exciting prom! 

Belinda Thacker
Care Coordinator

Parent Night @ LIFT

Posted on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 under Students Expression 3

Parenting middle schoolers is tough.
There’s no doubt about that. Even the best parents will confirm that something happens during puberty that changes the landscape of their parenting approach. 
Here in Student Ministries, we want to partner with you in discipling your student. We want to see your student live with Jesus, in community, and on mission. We also know that you as a parent have the most influence on your student, and we want to do whatever it takes to encourage you in your role as the spiritual leader of your home.
That’s why we have Parent Night @ LIFT every year. We want you to come and check out what we do in middle school ministry, meet your student’s Life Group Leader(s), and hear more about all the crazy things we have going on this year. We want our Life Group leaders and parents exchanging contact information and working together to help their student feel the incredible love of Jesus.
What does Parent Night look like? Glad you asked! For the first hour we invite all 6th grade parents and new parents to come observe our large group program. We want you to get a feel for the worship, teaching, and fun environment we create to get middle schoolers excited about their faith. At the one hour mark, we will have a “Meet & Greet” with all parents (6th-8th) and Life Group leaders. You’ll locate your son and daughter’s leaders and have a chance to get to know them and have a conversation. After 30 minutes, we’ll dismiss the leaders and students to their Life Groups while the Student Ministry Directors have an important informational meeting with the parents about everything we’re doing this school year.
We’d love to see you in Danville on Sunday, October 19th, 6-8p, in the Auditorium.
If you have any questions, be sure to contact Justin, for specific information!

Justin Doyle
Student Ministry Leader - Danville

Drenched and Happy

Posted on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 under Care Expression 4

Pond Baptisms. God always does something amazing when it comes to these times we get to share together with people taking the plunge to start following Jesus with their life. Last night was no exception. We had planned and prayed for weeks, shared the details with thousands of people, and the day came with... a forecast of storms all day long. We were prepared to move inside so we could make a last minute decision based on the weather. With 15 minutes to go before we began, a wall of black clouds was approaching from the south. Our volunteer team stood facing it, we could feel the wind from the leading edge of the storm on our faces. And we prayed. It was awesome to see the wind change, the storm clouds move off to the east, and then dissipate as the sun peeked out for the first time that entire day and shone brightly to illuminate the experience as people stepped into the water to give their lives to Christ.
Not a drop of rain fell during the event. But close to 60 people walked away happily drenched after taking the plunge in the cool water. If you haven't taken the step of baptism yet, pray and ask God to show you His desires for you when it comes to jumping in the water soon and taking the plunge yourself.
Speaking of prayer, please join us in praying for these new lives in Christ in the coming days and weeks and months, as they take their first steps to doing life with Jesus, in community, and on a mission with us here at Southland. And pray, as well, for God to continue to work in relationships around you so that you might see some of them take this step one day. Perhaps you will have the privilege to be part of the next pond baptism event, cheering some of those friends on. Or even stepping into the water to lead them as they say, with all their heart, “I believe that Jesus is the Christ…”

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Big Picture Show Sneak Preview - October 11/12

Posted on Mon, Oct 06, 2014 under Children Weekend Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. So we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you! Take five minutes this week and read the Bible story with your child and talk about the questions below. You can also listen to the songs we'll be singing this weekend!


Bible Story: Jesus helps His family.

Big Idea: God wants me to help Others.

Talk About: Pick someone to help this week as a family.

Worship Songs:

The B-I-B-L-E
by Singin' Praise Tots

Forever and Ever
by John Delich

My God Is So Big
by John Delich


Bible Story: Samuel Anoints David 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Big Idea: #GodIsAllKnowing

Talk About: What is your favorite color? Food? Number? Restaurant? Dessert? Sport? Game? Talk about how God knows all of your most favorite things because God is all knowing.

Worship Songs:

You Only
by Jeffrey B. Scott

What a Savior
by Taylor Harlow

Our Great God
by Heath Balltzglier

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

It’s Time To Flip It!

Posted on Sun, Oct 05, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 4

I’ve got an hourglass sitting on a shelf in my office. I picked it up at Pottery Barn a few years ago while on our annual Life Group Christmas shopping trip to Cincinnati. (Yes, that’s actually a thing for our group). The hourglass is just for decoration because I think it’s pretty cool looking. 
Occasionally, I’ll look at it and the sand is draining out of the top. Someone within the hour has been in my office and flipped it. It catches my eye and I then stare at it for a good minute or two literally watching the time go by. Then, before I really notice, all of the sand is back at the bottom and time has run out. It’s kind of sad at that point.
If you’re anything like me, you get to the end of a day, a week or maybe even a year and you look back and wonder where the time went. Sure, there’s plenty I do in a day, week or year that’s significant, but in the grand scheme of things, I lose a lot of time. I misplace it. I mismanage it. I don’t capitalize on it. I don’t leverage it. I have great intentions, but before I really notice, all of the sand is back at the bottom of my days and time has run out. Sad.
While the sand is running out, there are important people in my life who don’t know Jesus. They don’t know the truth of scriptures like Colossians 1:13-14 that says, “[God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”. I know that truth, but it seems that most days I’m just fine letting the sand of my days drain from the top to the bottom without an urgency to tell my friends about Jesus. Too many grains go by that could be seized to share Jesus with people in my life who don’t know Him and there’s no way to get that sand back to the top once it’s passed to the bottom without just flipping it back over.
My friend Max says, “The one thing we won’t be able to do in Heaven is tell people about Jesus.” Yikes! He’s right. Time is short while we are on this planet and we need to use every grain of sand in our day to tell people about Jesus. Otherwise, they may miss out on knowing Him and there’s not a grain of sand in my day worth that. It’s time for us to flip our hourglasses over and get serious about making the most of every grain of sand so that more people will be in Heaven.
How can you better prioritize and maximize your time so that you can share Jesus with those in your life who don’t know Him?

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor

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