Jessica has been serving with the Worship Team in Danville for over two years now. She is one of the original volunteers who have been a part of the campus from the beginning. As one of the worship leaders in Danville, Jessica allows the congregation to see and hear her heart, her love for Jesus, and her passion for worship. I asked Jessica to answer a few questions so we could get to know her even better.
What have you been reading lately that has been challenging your faith?
Just recently finished Capturing His Heart: How to Become the Godly Women He Desires by Lysa Tekurest. This book is amazing and has challenged my faith in becoming a better godly wife! I am currently reading Joshua by Joseph F. Girzone. It is challenging my faith in the direction to love people the way Jesus loves them.
What has God been teaching you lately?
God has been teaching me to see and love His people the way He sees and loves them and He has also been teaching me about forgiveness.
What brought you to Southland?
I will try to make this short and sweet and to the point. My husband and I were praying for a church where we could use our gifts and talents, but most importantly we were hungry and thirsty spiritually for something more. We wanted to be surrounded by and to serve others with “like minded” people. We attended in Lexington about 4 years ago and there it became ever so clear where we were supposed to be. God spoke through the message and the worship and the Holy Spirit just flooded our hearts! From that point we haven’t looked back and God has been moving and molding our lives!!
What inspires you?
I know this is going to sound cheesy and emotional, but really, my husband inspires me! Just to watch him grow spiritually in his faith and his Christian walk in the last 5-6 years and seeing him become the Godly man he has become, that leads our family inspires me greatly! Because of his LOVE for Christ, I can experience the fullness of his love for me as his wife! I want to be like my husband, he proves his love daily!!!
If you could go any place in the world, where would you go and why?
Alaska, I hear it is beautiful and breath taking! Plus, my husband and I love to hunt together and I would LOVE to kill a Moose!!! I would love to see the Northern Lights while there too, I hear there is nothing like it!
Which of our 4 expressions do you connect with the most?
Expression #2, “Sacrificially Serve our Families.” Since our daughter Ava Grace was born we have always prayed before bedtime with her. But since the sermon on this expression, we have increased the time that we pray together as a family and it has made huge difference in our daily lives!
We just finished up our Twitter Confessions series here at Southland and walking through this series highlighted a sad truth in my life.
@DaveRizer I’m not great at Twitter. #twitterconfessions
I am working at it because I actually think it’s really worthy of my time unlike other social media sites. Twitter has the potential to add substance to your social media experience and your life. I love following people on Twitter who use it as an opportunity to share truth, faith, wisdom and so much more. It adds substance to my day and my life. I try to “favorite” the tweets that hit home for me. Almost everyday I run across a piece of wisdom that I needed. I’ve also read books based off of tweets (this & this) and have found myself instantly praying because of something someone sent out. No doubt, Twitter can take time to really get involved with but I believe it can be time well spent.
Here are a few favorited items I’ve picked up along the way:
Brian Houston @BrianCHouston Great churches are not built on the gifts and talents of a few, but on the sacrifices of many!
Dave Ramsey @DaveRamsey Passion sells. If you don’t believe yours is the best product in the category, you shouldn’t be selling it. #elbook
Great Minds Quotes @GreatestQuotes “A man with no imaginations has no wings.” - Muhammad Ali
AndyStanley @AndyStanley Too busy to serve at your local church? FYI: Every Sunday you attend your local church you are served by very busy people. Get involved!
Rick Warren @RickWarren With innovation,whoever makes the most mistakes wins.It’s how u find the breakthrough idea.Fail fast! Call it an education.
C. S. Lewis @CSLewisDaily Symbolism exists precisely for the purpose of conveying to the imagination what the intellect is not ready for #CSLewis
N. T. Wright @NTWrightSays Many of Jesus’ parables are like mazes, designed to challenge his listeners to work out for themselves how to get to the heart of things.
gary black @gary__black The Gospel is much more about people than doctrine. We spend way too much time defending doctrine and ignoring people.
Recently, I've found myself using the phrase "church family" a lot. I think family is the best word for what Jesus had in mind for the church - His followers. A family spends time with one another. They eat meals together. A family looks out for one another. A family lives life a certain way - a culture. The older show the younger how to live life that way. A family encourages each other through the difficult times and celebrates together in the exciting times! A family sticks together.
What does it mean to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit? Will there be animals in heaven? What are Southland’s thoughts on divorce and remarriage? If you’ve ever wondered about these kinds of things, the Q Event is for you.
Last night, about 40 of our Danville family gathered to ask things that they wonder about or have concerns over. It was a great exchange of biblical thought, interpretation and doctrinal examination.
Dan Hamel (Teaching Pastor), Gary Black (Richmond Road Campus Pastor), and Lawson Stone (Old Testament Professor, Asbury College) gave thoughtful, insightful responses to the questions raised.
If you’ve ever made the statement, “When I get to heaven, I’m going to ask God … (you fill in the rest),” then plan to join us for the next one! Q Events are held throughout the year, offering you and me the opportunity to seek answers to our inmost questions - even before we get to heaven!
Watch the website and weekend programs for upcoming Q Events!
On Saturday, May 5, the Danville Campus closed out the 2012 school year at Jennie Rogers Elementary School with a colossal block party. Everyone who attended the party was served lunch and had a lot of “fun stuff” to do.
Dunking teachers in the dunking booth was one of the favorites, but the huge water slide was the biggest hit. Face painting, tie-dye t-shirts, and decorating horses were just a few of the many craft activities in which families eagerly participated.
Thanks to the numerous volunteers from the Danville Campus who made this a special day for our community.
Danville Campus Local Outreach Coordinator