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When the City Comes to You

Jesus said to “pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers to the field” – the “field” was the mass of humanity – the city – that was coming toward Him. Later, Jesus wept as He overlooked the city of Jerusalem, before issuing His final directive to His disciples to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Join Sunday as Pastor Gary shares three major changes we must make if we are going to be a church that is For…

Hiding in the City

The thought of impacting the city can seem overwhelming. Rather than allowing the size of the task paralyze us, we must recognize that the city begins when we cross the threshold of our house. We change the city by doing for one what we wish we could do for all. The person you stand behind in the line at the coffee shop or the cashier who serves you at the grocery store may be a person in whom God is…

Running Toward the City

Have you ever felt a holy discontent? That sense that things could and should be different? This divine displeasure will either move us to action or cause us to grow callous and blind to the needs around us. When Nehemiah was confronted with the living conditions of the people living in Jerusalem, he was moved to act and rushed toward the city. Join us for part three of For the City where we will learn how moving toward the needs of our…

Running From the City

When God called Jonah to go to Nineveh, he responded by running in the opposite direction. God’s call always leads to a crisis of belief that requires faith and obedience. We cannot stay where we are and go with God. Join us for part two of For the City where we explore the challenge of answering God’s call and our temptation to run in the opposite direction to a place of comfort and security.  Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go…

Searching for the City

God called a man named Abram to leave his childhood home and go to a place he did not know. A place God would only reveal after Abram stepped out in faith and obedience. Abram’s epic search for God’s chosen city would become the catalyst for the nation of Israel and ultimately, the redemption of all humanity. Join us for part one of For the City, where we explore the great cities of the Bible and how they are pointing us to God’s ultimate plan for His Church.  By faith Abraham obeyed when…

The Issachar Factor

In an obscure passage listing the people who helped King David unify the nation of Israel, the writer of Chronicles mentions the men of Issachar as those who understood their times and knew what to do. As culture is constantly shifting and changing, the people of God have continued to need people like the men of Issachar. People who can understand the times and know what to do. Join us for a special 80th anniversary message in which we will explore what…

So We Can Share in God’s Life

Thousands of evangelistic conversations have started with the question, “If you were to die tonight, do you know for certain you would go to heaven?” While this question has been effective for many, for others it has made the Gospel sound less like good news and more like a life insurance plan. Jesus said He came to give life and give it abundantly. While we all need life insurance, we want abundant life. Join us for the final message in…

Arrested!

Depending on how you count it, the Apostle Paul was arrested, tried and imprisoned anywhere between 3 to 5 times. Paul’s determination in the face of opposition is remarkable. Where did Paul gain the strength to endure so much persecution and suffering and what does his example teach us today? Join us for part eleven of Journey to the Ends of the Earth, as we consider what it means to be captive to the call of Christ. While we were…

Culture Clash

In Part nine of Journey to the Ends of the Earth, we consider how believers today should challenge modern cultural idols while maintaining a personal faith built on the truth of Jesus Christ.

A Woman, a Slave, and a Gentile

As a good Jew, Paul woke up every morning and prayed a traditional Hebrew prayer that went something like this, “God I thank you that you have not made me a Gentile, a slave, or a woman…” Ironically, the first three converts in the city of Philippi were, a wealthy woman, a poor slave girl, and a gentile prison guard. Join us for Part Six of Journey to the ends of the Earth, where Pastor Gary explores how the Gospel blows…

Why we believe everyone needs to hear about Jesus

At Southside, we believe our sending capacity is more important than our seating capacity. This means, among other things, that we do not measure our success by how many people sit in our worship services, but by how many people leave our worship services to live out the Gospel through word and deed. Jesus told His disciples to “Go and make disciples.” A fundamental part of our worship service is the ability to engage, equip, and empower people to fulfill…