Category Archives: Acts

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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The Kingdom Focused Church – Experiencing

Matthew 6:24-33 – Please take your Bible and turn to Matthew 6.  We will read verses 24-33. – Jesus is beginning His earthly ministry with a foundational message which we have called the “Sermon on the Mount”.    He has given instruction on several “how to’s” of life.  We discover how to be blessed, how to

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The Kingdom Focused Church – Empowering

Acts 1:9-26 – Acts 2 records the beginning the church age.  Candidly, the church as we know it today was born right here.  To read Acts 2 is to see the chapter opening with some 120 believers in the upper room and the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit of God literally “falling” in power. 

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The Kingdom Focused Church – Exposing

Matthew 16:18-19 / Matthew 28:18-20 – Have you ever taken a picture, taken it to be developed, and it came back “out of focus?” Do you remember your frustration? And do you remember that your frustration was controlled somewhat by basically two factors; how personal the picture and the cost of the picture. For instance,

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A Message from the Master Broadcaster

Matthew 13:1-23 Introduction Broadcasting is the communication of a message through various forms of media.  You might find it interesting to note broadcasting took place years before radio and television.  In fact, the concept of broadcasting has an agricultural meaning.  According to one dictionary the term “broadcast” can mean “To sow (seed) over a wide

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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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Why is the Church So Important?

I Cor. 1:2; 3:5-10 and 16:19. “I am an alumnus of the church”, the man said to a friend. He obviously had given up on the church. I don’t know that I have ever heard of that term until I heard that story. It raises the question, is the church really important? When Jesus said, “upon this rock,

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It All Comes Back to Jesus, pt.5

Acts 4:12-22; Acts 12:1-17 Observation (Acts 4:12-18) Look at what Jesus does. Consideration (Acts 4:19-22) Decide what we will do. Preparation (Acts 12:1-4) Be ready for trouble. Supplication (Acts 12:5-10) Pray for God’s help. Appreciation (Acts 12:11-17) Acknowledge God’s answer.

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