If you are a Christ follower, you have been made a new creation because of Christ now alive in you. On the cross, Jesus became our sin so God could defeat it’s power in our lives through the resurrection. Now, you have been adopted into God’s family. You are joint heirs to the kingdom of heaven. You are purchased, forgiven, chosen, loved, saved, identified as His, seen as without fault (see Ephesians 1:3-14). We are loved by Him, sought by Him, never without Him!
This is who you are!
This should pump you up!
If you are part of the Southern Hills family, you have probably heard, read, memorized, and bought the t-shirt for our mission statement: Making Disciples who Make Disciples. It’s our mantra, our call to arms, our understanding of what Christ called us to do. In all we do, we should be thinking about how we can fulfill the mission we have been called to complete.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 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.” – Matthew 28:18-20
It is so important for us to understand who we are in order to fulfill our mission, because God is depending on us. Jesus left and gave us the Holy Spirit so that, by His power, we can love others when it hurts, choose God and others over ourselves, and sacrifice so God is glorified.
I know for some, this may feel overwhelming. How do we daily live out this mission? How do we personally become a disciple who loves and acts more and more like Christ? How do we help others understand this as well? At Southern Hills we do this in three ways.
GATHER: We gather together as a large group for weekly services and occasional church-wide events. This gives us the opportunity to worship Christ as a large church family, remember who we are in Christ, and get a 30,000 foot view to see if we are being obedient to God’s Word. Together we learn, laugh, and sometimes cry as we are encouraged to fulfill the mission.
GROUP: We group together in small groups for the purpose of being in Biblical community. In a smaller setting we can be more personal with one another, sharing our struggles as we grow more like Christ. Small groups allow us to be accountable to each other and gives us the opportunity to share His love with others. Small groups at SoHills come in many forms:
GO: We go by serving our church, community, and the world with our time, abilities, and resources. Members of our church family are encouraged to attend a service and serve at another. A lot of our members support and serve ministries outside of the church, like the Pregnancy Resource Center and THS Shelter. As a church family, we support ministries all over the globe. On a personal level, we go into our work places, schools, and homes as disciple-makers. We put the needs of others above our own for the glory of Christ!
Let’s remember who we are because of Christ and let’s go share with someone the Good News of how He made us new. Let’s invite them into a relationship with Christ so they will be made new and share with someone the Good News of how He made made them new and they will share with someone the Good News…