Community: How it Works

For many years now, the mission statement for Southside Baptist Church has been, “Changing the world through Jesus Christ.” It is on our stationery, on our website, and everywhere our logo is printed. But a mission statement isn’t truly a mission statement unless we take it seriously and do something about it. With that in […]

The Priority of Community

For the last several months I have been telling you what God has laid on my heart for our church. We started out at the first of the year talking about the Priority of Worship. I believe that if we are going to see God bless Southside Baptist Church in the future, then we are […]

The Stewardship of Life

In talking with many members of our fellowship recently, it seems that the economy and how our government is handling it is on the minds of many. With stimulus bailouts, cash for clunkers, and potential healthcare bills floating around, this is the talk around the water cooler, at the dinner table, and in the grocery […]

When You Feel Like a Nobody Going Nowhere

In this sermon, Lloyd Stilley uses Psalm 139. Pastor Lloyd says, “In the opening six verses of Psalm 139, there are eight different Hebrew words that stack up to tell you that God knows your story intimately.” He also says, “There are four truths that, if believed, are guaranteed to replace pity-parties with purposeful pursuits […]

When You are Troubled and Depressed

When you review the great names and personalities of the Scriptures, you become aware very quickly that almost all of them knew, at one time or another, great discouragement and deep depression. Job is singled as a man of God, blameless and upright, whose staggering losses and long and painful illness brought him low: “My […]

When You Get a Raw Deal

On January 17, 2004, a 66-ton whale died and was beached on the southwestern coast of Taiwan, near the city of Tainan. Two weeks later, on January 29, authorities decided to truck the dead whale to a laboratory where they could do an autopsy. It took 50 laborers and three lifting cranes 13 hours to […]

Parenting Is Not for Chickens

Maybe you’ve heard the story that is making the rounds about the chicken cannon. It seems that the United States Air Force, and the makers of commercial airlines, really do fire dead chickens at their aircraft. It’s a safety issue, for aircraft do encounter birds in the air, and it’s important for the windshields of […]

Building Lasting Relationships

The book of Ruth is a fascinating tale of romance, intrigue, loss, disobedience, and ultimately of faith. Ruth’s and Naomi’s journey from heartbreak to hope offers an Old Testament glimpse into God’s redemptive power as He transforms a bitter widow and a former idolater into a family legacy that would eventually lead to the birth […]

Four Essentials of Worship

As we approach our text this morning, we find the Israelites in the middle of building the tabernacle. The tabernacle was the dwelling place of God with them before the temple was built by Solomon. It was the place where sacrifices were made, it was the place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, […]

Prepare to Meet Your God

Our text today deals specifically with this subject of approaching God. I want you to notice several things about coming into the presence of God. I. Approaching God requires consecration This speaks to how God views us. In verse 10 God tells Moses to consecrate the people, to set them apart, to purify them, so […]