Category Archives: Discipleship

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

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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

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A Biblical Model for Vital Churches

Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3; 15:1-3, 30-4 1.   Vital churches are empowered by the Holy Spirit.               The church at Antioch was empowered by the Holy Spirit.             1. 11:24 Their leader was full of the Holy Spirit.                         “(Barnabas) was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith…”             2. 11:28 A visiting preacher prophesied by the Holy Spirit.                        

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Worshiping the SAVIOR, Not a Celebrity

Matthew 28:16-20 The word Twitter has entered our vocabulary recently. With the Iranian protesters using Twitter as a means of telling their story in that troubled nation, millions of people have been exposed to the brutal reactions of the Iranian government. The authorities have been seen beating and, in some instances, killing those who have

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The Time is Now

2 Timothy 4 There are some things that you cannot put off . . . you must do it right away or lose your opportunity. Once mother asked me to mow our yard. Growing up we had a fairly large yard (an acre and ½), the back was a 20 degree grade and the front

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Our God is an Awesome God

Nahum 1:1-14 Scene – the Israelites being ruled by Assyria – and many had turned to the Assyrian gods.Nahum – how can you follow these idols when you could follow an awesome God – Jeremiah 2:13. I. The Lord is Jealous, (Nahum 1:2). 1. God created us to be His people – He does not like

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Don’t Just Stand There

Acts 1:8-11 Introduction: A man bought a donkey from a preacher. The donkey was trained to go when you said “Hallelujah,” and stop when you said, “Amen.” The man started the donkey by saying “Hallelujah.”  After a while they began to head toward a cliff. “Stop,” said the man. “Halt!” he cried. The donkey began to trot faster. Oh no . .

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The Awesome Power of Fatherhood

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hit him again, Lord.”  Sometimes we need God to hit us again, especially when it concerns our families.  We pray for God to change our world . . . we pray for revival to sweep our land.  But, this revival must begin with our own lives and our families.  I was teaching disciple

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Who’s Missing? Whose Mission?

Text: Matthew 22:1-14 Introduction All are invited; only some accept. The kingdom of heaven is compared to a wedding feast to which everyone is invited. Only those responding to Christ’s invitation may participate (Romans 10:13). Those who have trusted Christ are assured of eternal life in heaven (John 3:16). Who’s Missing? Those who have an opportunity

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Whom Can God Use?

Romans 12:1-21 Introduction: A basic fact of life is that none of us will live forever.  Thus comes the question:  Who will replace us in our places of service for God? Who will replace Billy Graham? James Dobson? Dr. White? We need not worry about the replacements for these people.  God has already picked them out.  The

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