Month: August 2015

This Week for Sunday

This week is the fourth Sunday of our series “Now: God is Moving.”  We’ll be talking about the connection of obedience and experiencing more of God, using the example of Teresa, Jesse, Kyndel, and Brittany. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m loving this series. How awesome it is to see how God is moving through our family at SoHills! Let’s keep our eyes focused on the Lord. He is always doing something in and around us; we just have to be looking for His glory. As far as music goes, you’re in for a treat this upcoming Sunday! Multiplied – NeedtoBreathe (North Point Cover) Forever Reign – Passion He is Jesus – North Point InsideOut Because He Lives – Crowder

456 Preteen Ministry Update

Over the past few years, we’ve seen students experience too much anxiety and fear in the move from K-5 All Stars to 6-12 Fusion. We saw at this age, parents start giving their kids the choice to go to church and many chose to opt out. When a preteen opts out often their families do too. The SoHills family desired to create a ministry that would give them a reason to stay and to grow.  The new 456 Preteen ministry will bridge the gap from child to student, allowing preteens to mature and grow in their faith before moving into the student ministry. Paul, one of the authors of the New Testament of the Bible, writes, “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11, NLT) 456 Preteens is designed specifically for the 4th through 6th graders. During this preteen phase, students are solidifying their faith and need teachings directed at where they are in life. The purpose of 456 is to …

Thy Kingdom Come

“If you knew there was an intersection where 50% of the people who drove through it were killed, wouldn’t you find a different route home?” Lysa TerKeurst’s pastor asked this question to their church and I think it’s a question that acts as a good umbrella for life. A different route home. Makes good sense. So, why do I keep crashing? Could it be that I am still going through the same deadly intersection? Someone said that the only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything at all. Maybe a little simplistic, but it strikes at the heart of the matter. Ah, the HEART… You don’t have to be around Southern Hills Christian Church very long before you are reminded of the heart issue. Last Sunday morning, Brooke Johnson talked about the brokenness of her life—a brokenness that ultimately erupted like hot lava and spewed over all her Christian activities, leaving her devastated, depleted, and exhausted. At that point she realized what was happening: “I was building my kingdom, not His. …

This Week For Sunday

Sunday is the third Sunday of our series “Now: God is Moving.”  This week, we’ll hear about how God is moving in the lives of Darold and Hope Johnson. I’m loving this series. God is moving right now in this family. Our church has an incredible future ahead of us, but we don’t want to miss out on what God is doing right now. I can’t wait to hear from Darold and Hope this week.  Joining me in preparing for what they have to say and how their story can challenge us: This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham Oceans (Where My Feet May Fail) –  Hillsong United It is Well – Todd Fields Your Grace Finds Me – Matt Redman

Have you met Tyler?

I came to the University of West Georgia (UWG) as a freshman in the Fall of 2010. I planned to transfer to the University of Georgia, I only had to endure UWG for two years before I could make the move. Well, five years later and I am still living in Carrollton… Quite frankly, The City of Dreams won me over. I met a lot of people in my dorm hall my freshman year and got involved with different clubs and organizations on campus. One of the student organizations that I got plugged into was a college ministry called Campus Outreach (CO). I met a staff person with CO on my first day at UWG and as the semester went on, I got more involved. The ministry did a lot of fun things throughout the year and really focused on being intentional with freshman like myself. For the first time in my life I was having interactions with Christians that were, well, different. It wasn’t the cheesy and stuffy Christianity that I was exposed to in my …

Experiencing Community

“We belong to each other!”  I’ve been thinking about that statement a lot over the last few days and how that statement practically plays out in the life of the local church. Paul writes, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4:16, NLT) So how do we, His Church, practically “lead a life worthy of our calling”?  What are some specific things we can do to begin experiencing this community we keep talking about? First, make an effort to get connected in smaller groups within the church.  It’s no secret that you can sneak in and sneak out on a Sunday morning and never be noticed.  Find a smaller community group in which to get plugged in.  It doesn’t have to be a life group; those are just one of many ways to begin building community at Southern Hills.  Consider one of these connecting points as well… 3 women’s …

This Week For Sunday

Sunday is the second week in our series “Now: God is Moving.”  Brooke and Andy Johnson will be sharing about what God has been doing in their lives these past few months, the challenges they are experiencing, and how the church has come alongside them. I love hearing how God is moving and working in the lives of families in our church. God is so awesome. Not only does He stir and move us as a church family, but He is also moving in individual family units. That’s worth getting pumped up about! I’m looking forward to worshiping with you all this week. I Saw the Light – David Crowder Band White Flag – Passion Band Christ is Enough – Hillsong Live In Christ Alone – Passion Band Here’s My Heart – Crowder

Just tell them the…

One of my favorite shows on TV today is the “Last Ship.” Its a drama about a navy ship that is the last hope for a world that has been struck by a virus that has left most of the world dead. I know, I know, why watch a show about death and dying when I could just watch the evening news! As the show continues to play out each week, the crew is faced with a different dilemma that they have to solve which leads to a new dilemma for next week. I imagine it will continue like this until they solve all the world’s problems or ratings drop, whichever comes first. During one particular episode, I was intrigued by the response of the Captain that is so counter culture in light of today’s ethics. He and his crew where faced with a huge decision that could affect the fate of the nation and the First Officer ask the Captain “What shall we tell the crew?” His response was epic… “Just tell them the truth.” The meaning of “truth” has escaped …

Accountability Through Discipleship

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. – Jesus (Matthew28:19-20, NLT) As Southern Hills has really focused in on making disciples, without realizing it, my view of accountability has changed. Growing up, I was taught to have an “accountability partner.”  We were to meet once a week to ask each other “the hard questions” about what tempted us, how we sinned, and what we could do next time to resist temptation. It sounds great in theory, but I’ve had little success with accountability partners.  I believe this is because this method is flawed at it’s very core. Accountability partners are about behavior modification.  At least for me, the focus was eliminating the sin in my life.  And because behavior modification rarely sticks, I’d find myself frustrated, guilt ridden, and avoiding a good friend. We said the goal was ultimately …

This Week for Sunday

This Sunday is kicks off our new series, “Now: God is Moving.”  A couple from the church will share how the church impacted their dating relationship and their wedding.  Shannon will use their story to remind us that we belong to each other and are family. Since we belong to each other, then what we do affects each other. When I sin, my church family is affected by it. When I honor God, you are affected. When we worship, we directly affect our church family. Everything we do carries over into our church family in one way or another. Be mindful of that always. Pray over these songs this week and be ready to sing loud with us Sunday morning. My Heart is Yours – Passion Band I Am – Crowder Jesus Paid it All – Kristian Stanfill He is Jesus – North Point InsideOut