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Parent Sneak Preview - May 29

Posted on Mon, May 23, 2016 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:  The Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-6 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus loves and cares for me.
Bible Verse:  “He cares about you” - 1 Peter 5:7b NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Meet and Greet (Acts 28 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God gives me what I need, so I can serve Him.
Bible Verse:  “I serve the Lord with my whole heart.” - Romans 1:9a NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Identity in Christ (1 John 3:1 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I Am a Child of the King
Bible Verse:  “How great is the love the Father has given us so freely! Now we can be called children of God. And that's what we really are!”  1 John 3:1 - NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Pray For CIY

Posted on Fri, May 20, 2016 under Expression 3

One of the things I love most about being a part of Southland is when this church sees a need, it meets that need. There is no limit to this church’s generosity! 
One of the big needs we have here is sending students to one of our CIY summer conferences. (MIX or MOVE) We spend a week in another state connecting with each other as we worship, learn and grow. It never ceases to amaze me how many students decide to get baptized as a result of something they experienced at MIX or MOVE, or how many students sense a call to full-time ministry for the first time! It’s truly the coolest week of the year. (Last year we had 34 students get baptized after CIY!)
But as you know, these trips don’t come cheap and for many families, it is difficult to send their students to these conferences. Thankfully, many of you made financial sacrifices last year for the Year-End Offering, and a portion of that went to sending more students to CIY. Four hundred Southland Students are going to CIY this year because of you!
So now that you helped PAY for the trip, we are asking that you also PRAY for the trip. There is so much potential for God to change lives on these trips, but the enemy will not want that to happen. So here are a few things you can be praying for:
  • Pray that every student is able to emotionally and spiritually engage with the programming that CIY provides, so that they are ready to hear what God wants to teach them that week.
  • Pray against any distractions that would prevent our students from hearing the Gospel.
  • Pray for the adult leaders and staff to have wisdom and discernment as they lead small groups throughout the week and help students wrestle through big decisions. 
  • Pray for safety and health for all those involved.
  • Pray for the speakers and worship leaders at these events to lead faithfully and speak boldly.
  • Pray that students make bold decisions when they return home to change in whatever way is necessary for them to live as a Kingdom Worker for Christ in their schools and at home. 
  • Pray for the students’ parents to have helpful conversations back home after the trip to encourage the student’s continued growth. 
Spiritual care for our students is not the job of the student ministry; it’s the privilege of everyone who calls Southland home! Join us in prayer this year! 
P.S. If you want updates while we are gone, like our Facebook page “Southland Students”! 

David Hausknecht
Student Director

Student Serve Night

Posted on Mon, May 16, 2016 under Expression 3

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” - Matthew 20:26,27 
A couple weeks ago hundreds of our middle school and high school students embodied Jesus’ mission to serve others and demonstrated their servant’s hearts by serving our community through our annual Student Serve Night. We asked our High School and Middle School Life Groups to take a break from normal programming on a Wednesday night and go serve and love others in our community. We gave them 3 areas to focus on:
  • Neighborhood
  • Schools
  • City
We didn’t give them any other direction. We said discover what you are passionate about, then find a need and meet it. We had 36 High School and 40 Middle School Student Life Groups serving all over Nicholasville and Lexington.  Here are just a few of the ways they served:
  • Some of our students really wanted to serve army veterans. They decided to visit the VA Hospital and hang out with some of the patients there. They got to hear some great stories and build some new relationships.
  • Some students decided to throw a party in downtown Nicholasville! They bought some pizza and games and just hung out with neighborhood kids. 
  • Several groups of students decided to send letters to missionaries in Haiti. Giving them some much needed encouragement and prayer.
  • Some helped prepare baby bottles to pass out at churches to raise funds to help moms and babies through Assurance for Life.
These are just a few of the things that our students came up with! Our students learned so many things about the city they live in and the people that are here. They learned that one person can make a difference. They learned that loving others is fulfilling. They learned that who we are called to be and the way we are called to live is bigger than themselves.

Gordon Walls
Harrodsburg Road Campus Leader / Outreach Director

Parent Sneak Preview - May 22

Posted on Mon, May 16, 2016 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:  The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants us to be kind to everyone.
Bible Verse:  “Be kind and tender to one another.” - Ephesians 4:32a NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Shake, Rattle, and Roll (Acts 27 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is always with me, so I can have courage.  
Bible Verse:  “I will never leave you.” - Hebrews 13:5b NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Jesus Conquers Death (John 11:1-44 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus can do impossible things.
Bible Verse:  “...But with God, all things are possible.” - Matthew 19:26b NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Celebrate Recovery

Posted on Fri, May 13, 2016 under Expression 1

Imagine Donald Trump walked into the room and told you he’d give you a million dollars just for saying you believed he was who he said he was. You know he could back up his offer. You’d be silly not to accept it. Jesus makes just as audacious an offer - that He’s more than capable of seeing through. Freedom. 
People are looking desperately for it. And the inquiries come to us on a daily basis via email, phone call, text. People just want to be free. Some have struggled so long that toil is all they can remember. They express their needs in many ways:
  • I’m going to lose my marriage if I can’t get past these control issues.
  • Hey, is there anyone I can talk with about my addiction to alcohol?
  • I need prayer that God will help me stop looking at porn. 
  • Can someone help me with getting rid of my controlling tendencies?
  • I’ve got anger issues and I’m dying here.
  • These stupid pills have stolen my job, my friendships, and are tearing up my family.
In the end, they all express the same question: “Can I just get free already?!”
I love the way Paul sums up God’s heart in Galatians 5. Do you know why Jesus came to set us free? So we could simply be free. (Check out Galatians 5:1) God’s loving desire for us - His highest passion for His kids - is that we live free of chains that hold us down, sins that trip us up, and hurts that hold us back. He wants us to know Him and love Him unencumbered by the World’s demands and the flesh’s consuming greed.
The World tells us nothing is free. But you’re telling me God set us free so we can be free? Seriously? That’s it? Shouldn’t it be more complicated than that? Spiritual freedom is here, friends, thanks to Jesus. Emotional freedom is here, as well, friends. Again, thanks to Jesus. And because of Jesus, we have access to complete freedom, in every corner of our lives. Freedom from bondage of any kind
Want to take steps toward living in this freedom Jesus has purchased for you? Join us at Celebrate Recovery from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays at Richmond Road in Parkside Theater or Thursdays at Harrodsburg Road in Building C. We’d love to help you experience everything Jesus wants to give you. We want you to live in the freedom He wants for you.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Will You Go?

Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016 under Expression 4

If you asked me two years ago if I would ever be interested in going to Haiti, I would have told you, “No.” In fact, I remember telling a friend, “I don’t think I’ll ever go to Haiti. I just don’t have a heart for it, ya know?” So, when I received an email asking if I would be interested in going to Haiti, I literally laughed. I remember telling God, “I have no idea what I could even offer them!” How could an American living in abundance even be able to remotely relate to someone living in one of the poorest nations in the world? I pridefully expected God to answer me with all the gifts and talents that I had that would impact all the people that I led in worship and really boost up my confidence in myself. Instead, He simply and frankly responded, “If you go, I will teach you something.”
On March 28, our group of 12 musicians and teachers started our journey to Port-de-Paix to facilitate a large youth gathering week called “Breakout” for students at Sonlight Academy and the surrounding areas. In the morning, we worshiped and taught in English mainly for Academy students and the missionaries/teachers in the area. In the evening, we worshiped and taught in Creole for everyone else in the area. They were so desperate for truth and sang loudly! They yelled out, “I’m no longer a slave to fear! I am a child of God!” and many other declarations of truth and faith!
Do you want to know what God taught me? He taught me first what it means to actually trust Him to make me strong. He taught me that even though Haiti and America are drastically different, our spiritual needs are the exact same. He also taught me that He has equipped me with the truth about Jesus Christ and that the evidence is in the life that I have in Him. If you’re also thinking to yourself, “I have nothing to offer Haiti. The need is too big. I wouldn’t make any difference.” That is a lie! Yes, the physical and spiritual needs in Haiti are huge. You won’t change Haiti, but God can. And He has equipped you with the truth and hope that Haiti desperately needs!
If God is calling you to Extend Hope to those in need in Haiti, then check out our webpage at www.southlandchristian.org/global-missions or contact Robin.

Liz Barber
Programming Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - 10 After / 608

Serve With The Prayer Team

Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016 under Expression 4

Southland’s Prayer Team is an amazing group of people who get to serve each week to pray for the weekend service and bring individual’s needs to God in a number of ways. Sometimes we pray with people in the midst of pretty tough stuff. Other times we get to spend time thanking God for what He’s doing in people’s lives. Either way, it’s a huge honor to link arms with people and take them to Jesus.
Would you be interested in being part of this movement, either up front or behind the scenes? We’ve got lots of opportunities for you to jump in with us, from the weekend Prayer Team you see every Sunday, to our Digital Prayer Team who prays over text, email, and phone requests.
If you’d like to learn more, contact Allen today!

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Risky Faith

Posted on Wed, May 11, 2016 under Expression 1

What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done? Riding a roller coaster? Having kids? Starting a new school? For me, it would have to be sky-diving a few years ago. I’ve been somewhat afraid of heights my whole life, but I’ve never let that stop me from experiencing them. So, when a friend asked me if I wanted to go sky-diving with a few other guys, I thought, “Why not?” Sure it was risky, but I was certain it would be worth it. It was. Without a doubt it was the most exhilarating thing I’ve ever experienced. But first, I had to take a risk.
Take a few seconds and read about Abraham’s big risk in Hebrews 11:8-16.
Abraham has always been fascinating to me in that he was known as the father of the Jewish people and noted for his great faith in God. But here’s the interesting thing about Abraham: he had nothing to go on. He didn’t have the Bible or even pieces of it at that point. He probably didn’t even have a whole lot of stories that had been passed down to him from his ancestors. But... he had an experience with the God of the universe, the Creator of all things and that was all he needed. 
And so, for me, the interesting part of his story is that when God called him to pick up everything and leave - he did it. Verse 8 says, “He went without knowing where he was going.” God called him to something big, something he knew would change the world forever and, without knowing all the details, he followed God’s call.
So what is God calling you to do? How has He placed a call for you to change the world? 
That looks different for all of us. For some, it may mean selling everything and moving to Haiti. For some it may mean being a better parent. It may mean finally asking your co-worker to come to church with you. Regardless, God is calling you to do something significant. Take some time this week and spend a few moments in prayer about what risk God is challenging you with. You’ll discover that when you follow God’s call on your life, even in a specific circumstance, the risk is always worth it.

Kelly Jennings
Campus Leader / Worship & Programming Director - Richmond Road

Men’s 12-Step Study

Posted on Tue, May 10, 2016 under Expression 1

Where can I get help when life hurts? How can I overcome these burdens? Why can't I control myself? How can I break out of this addiction? Who cares about my problems? 
Life is difficult. None of us make it through this world without getting hurt or hurting others or ourselves. We are all in need of recovery. We are all weak in different areas, and we need each other.  Because of Jesus and with His help, it actually is possible to find hope and healing for these struggles! If you’re looking for that kind of change in your life, join us on May 23rd for the start of a new Men’s 12-Step Study that will walk you, step by step, towards hope and healing from these hurts, habits and hang-ups in your life. Trade bitterness for forgiveness, hopelessness for renewed expectancy. And build friendships with other men who want to walk In greater freedom. We will meet Monday evenings at 6:30 pm in room B105 at the Harrodsburg Road campus to walk through this discipleship process based on the 12-Step model. 
You don’t have to sign up–just show up! New group members can join through June 27th. Materials for this class are $18 and you can pay after you check out the first few sessions!
Questions? Contact Allen at 859-977-2743 or aconner@southlandchristian.org.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - May 15

Posted on Mon, May 09, 2016 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:  The Widow Who Gave Everything (Mark 12:41-44 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants me to be a happy giver.
Bible Verse:  “God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7b NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Jailhouse Rock (Acts 16:20-40 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is with me, so I don’t have to be afraid.
Bible Verse:  “Do not be afraid. I am with you.” - Genesis 26:24 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Widow Gives All (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God want us to give with a grateful heart, not a stingy one.
Bible Verse: “Each of you should 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.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Don’t Forget To Pick Up Your Baby Bottle!

Posted on Fri, May 06, 2016 under Expression 4

Every year on Mother’s Day we partner with Assurance Care Center (Lexington) and Haven Care Center (Danville) to pass out empty baby bottles for you to take home and fill with your change to support these pregnancy resource centers.  This year, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Not Alone Pregnancy Center in Georgetown! These centers offer clients a range of services for clients facing unplanned pregnancies  including counseling, pregnancy resources, adoption referrals, post abortive healing, and many other services. Make sure you pick up a baby bottle on Mother’s Day so you and your family can help support these center’s ministries in Central Kentucky. 

Sara Fain
Outreach Operations Coordinator

Some Pretty Lame Evangelism

Posted on Fri, May 06, 2016 under Evangelism

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty lame attempts at evangelism. The Turn or Burn t-shirt on the dude in front of me in Physics 201 was a turn-off. Then there was the man who literally reached out and touched my earlobe while he spoke about Jesus because he was convinced it would “open my ears to hear”. Next in line were the people who stopped me on the street to confront me about the peace sign I was wearing - that it was a satanic symbol. Oh, and who can forget the loud, angry guy in the Free Speech area at the University of Kentucky shouting to everyone, Christians and otherwise, that they were going to Hell. I can’t say that any of these experiences led to me becoming part of God’s family. In fact, I’m pretty sure all these examples delayed that movement.

”I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty lame attempts at evangelism.”twitter share

The most significant element in my come-to-Jesus story was God using people who looked like Jesus to grab my attention. People who demonstrated through the way they spoke, listened, asked questions and seemed to care about my answers that I mattered somehow. People whose choices reflected a different, regrets-free kind of living. That was compelling. That was something I wanted to become.

So how do we become that kind of person—that clear reflection of Jesus?

Express care, concern, and listen.
Are you driven to share about Jesus? Or maybe not so much? No matter how God made you—whether quiet and reserved or bubbly and chipper—you can be a person others want to be around. You can be someone whose voice they want to hear. Your presence, care, concern, and attention can help people move toward Jesus. Your life can be so attractive, with or without words, that people want to know Jesus when they look at your life.

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Set aside the temptation to “relate up”.
We tend to move toward people we think will add value to our relational world. This is irrelevant in God’s economy. In fact, the most gifted evangelists don’t seem to be aware there is a relational up or a down. Keep your eyes open for people - all people. Whether they’re the life of the party or sitting off to the side quietly enjoying their lunch alone, they matter to God.

Pray for them.
Evangelism is a process and God wins a person’s heart over time. So, if you were to stop and think of it, who is the most likely person in your path to be baptized within the next year? Pray God moves them over that line. And who is the least likely person around you to take that plunge? Pray the same way for them, too.

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All in all, it’s really God who brings evangelism to life. Whether it’s being a friend, praying for others, or saying the right thing at the right time, it’s up to God to draw people to Himself. I love this because it means the pressure is off. Evangelism becomes a completely natural, effortless venture.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Orphan Care

Posted on Fri, May 06, 2016 under Expression 4

Did you know that God has a huge heart for taking care of people who have been shut out, cast aside, and overlooked? Orphans are among those at the top of His list as He challenges His people to extend hope. If you’ve ever considered getting involved with Orphan Care, join us for Orphan Care Alliance’s Spring Adoption and Foster Care Seminar. There are so many ways to respond to the fact that God has adopted you into His family forever - from adoption and foster care to numerous other avenues available to help support the families who take these steps. Come learn more about sharing the love of Jesus with kids here in the Bluegrass and around the world!
Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Harrodsburg Road Campus, Building F
You can register here or simply join us on Saturday! Contact me to learn more!

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

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