I am proud to announce Southside got 1st place in The 44th annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade. A thank you too everyone who help with this float.
Bedford County churches of Christ March 5, 2017; 2:30 p.m. Southside will host our sister churches in this new format. Youth will be meeting at the Fellowship House for devo and fellowship. Adults will meet in this auditorium for singing and preaching. Randy Davis will be preaching. Join us to welcome our guest.
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lesson One - Defend The Bible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Lesson Two - Defend The Family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Lesson Three - Defend Our Heritage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Lesson Four - Defend The Faith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
These dates are directly related to the school dates of the county participating in the first week of camp. These dates may change if snow make up days are added to their school calendar.
We need to start now on preparation, on invitation, and supplication for this blessed event. If you would like to help with this work then let Matt or I know.
Southside will host the Bedford County Meeting, We are going to sing and praise God from 5:30 to 6:45. Neil, Chris and Troy will lead us. At 6:45 Refreshments will be served at the Fellowship House. (Sign up this morning to bring Home-made Ice Cream, Watermelon, or Cookies. The Singing and Fellowship will be Great!
From Jeff’s Desk….
Today we begin a new series about fundamental facts we must not forget. I remember hearing Alan Highers say in effect that sometimes we teach error by failing to teach truth. You don’t have to preach error, just start ignoring the truth on a given subject, and error takes over. I do not assume the hearers in my midst know some of the fundamental facts we will discuss. If you know them, congratulations, this is a refresher course.
Our text today is II Corinthians 4:1-7. The thing I want you to see is that God’s greatest treasure, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is placed in earthen vessels like you and me. The NIV uses the phrase, “jars of clay”.
First, I wonder if I would entrust to you my greatest treasure. As a teenager, I was hesitant to let even my best friend borrow my car. I had suffered to buy that thing and feared losing it. One friend was offended when I refused his request. Meanwhile, God’s greatest treasure, the treasure He sacrificed to obtain, is placed in the hands of “earthen vessels” like you and me. How unsearchable are His judgments!
God uses earthen vessels in conversions to Christ. In Acts 2 the Spirit is present in a glorious way but God used Peter, an “earthen vessel” to preach the Gospel. In Acts 8 an angel was well aware of the Ethiopian Eunuch searching for truth but that angel called Philip, an earthen vessel, to share the story of Jesus. Acts 9 tells of Saul’s conversion. Beyond the flash of light and the voice of our Lord, God sent Ananias, an earthen vessel to instruct Saul further. The same with Cornelius in Acts 10. God could have used angels, visions, or some direct operation of His Spirit to share the treasure with Cornelius. He used Peter, an earthen vessel.
Jesus confirms God’s use of earthen vessels to carry the treasure of the Gospel. You are the light of the world, let it shine he says in Matthew 5:14-16. Go preach and teach and teach them again he says in Matthew 28:16-20. He even speaks of the Counselor who will prepare his disciples to testify about him, John 15:26-27. I’ve always loved that Jesus prayed for we who believe on him through their message, John 17:20.
Sometimes, people are still awaiting some fantastic working of God’s power before they will believe and obey the Gospel. Meanwhile, in our midst, God has placed a “treasure” in “earthen vessels” like you and me. Are you carrying that treasure well?
You are probably thinking, that was them, not me. They were good earthen vessels with great treasure, not me, “I’m too earthy”. That’s the point of the whole matter. You are no more “earthy” than Peter, Ananias, or Paul and the treasure has not diminished one bit. As an earthen vessel with a treasure inside you are obligated to carry the treasure well. Are you???
It is good to be at Southside!!!
Jeff W. Smith
Southside's V.B.S. begins tonight, Classes 6:45 p. m. until 8:30 p. m. through Wednesday night, June 22. Classes for all ages.
Auditorium class Sunday night to Wedneday night
Al Simmons - Feeding the 5000
Josh Schwartz - Healing of the Blind Man
Errick Crump - Jesus Washes Disciples Feet
Tommy Hodges - Resurrection of Jesus
From Jeff’s Desk…. Our earthly Fathers love us. They desire good things for our life. They would never act to do us harm. But their love is contractual. There is something in it for them. Children bring fulfillment in a father’s life, they bring him joy, and they care for him in his old age. God’s love is like our earthly father’s love. He desires to give me good things in life, Matthew 7:7-12. The Bible is full of convincing pictures of God’s love. He runs to greet a fallen son, Luke 15. He made mankind His crowning act of creation, Genesis 1,2 ; Psalms 8. His arm is long enough to save us, Isaiah 59. A father’s love is good, God’s love is better. God’s love is Covenant Love. Covenant Love has characteristics so much better than contractual love. You can spend a lifetime praying to “grasp” the Heavenly Father’s love, Ephesians 3:14-21. In God’s love there is no condemnation, Romans 8:1-4. There is life and peace, Romans 8:5-8. One lives because of His righteousness, Romans 8:9-11. Covenant love cannot be moved, it cannot be shaken, and it makes us more than conquerors, Romans 8:31-39. If you want a picture of the frustration of living by the “sinful nature” read Romans 7. If you want a picture of living in God’s love, read Romans 8. Which chapter describes you? In this life, the only unmerited, unmovable, total love I can experience is God’s love. God loves me regardless of my loving Him. God is not dependent on me loving Him, I am dependent on His loving me. Nothing can remove His love from me. The reality of God’s love is this, there is nothing I can do to make Him love me more, and there is nothing I can do to make him love me less. Christian’s who doubt salvation, doubt God’s love. Christians who immediately conclude God punishes them for sin, forget that Christ was punished for our sin. Christians who think they are saved by how they feel, or what they know, or what they do, are minimizing God’s love and maximizing man’s futile efforts to be saved. To become convinced of God’s love is to have the greatest motivation for Christian living in this “sin fallen” world. Some Christians, in doubting God’s love, live in doubt and fear when they could live in victory and peace. How are you doing believing in God’s love in your life? It is good to be at Southside!!! Jeff W. Smith
From Jeff’s Desk…..
To be convinced of God’s love, I must come to terms with God’s long arm which provides salvation for fallen man. God did not quit loving mankind upon man’s rebellion against God. Rather, He acted so that all might be saved. David reflects upon God’s creation and man’s lowly estate, “what is man that you are mindful of him…..?”, Psalms 8.
The fall of mankind is the source of our troubles. When God made it, it was good. Man’s rebellion against God produced the fall and the consequence of the fall. When the thoughts of man’s “heart” was evil all the time, God used the flood as a cleanser to start again. When man was determined to honor man and not God, God scattered man and confused the language. Read Genesis 1:31 ; 2:4-7 ; 3:14-19 ; 6:5-8 ; 11:1-9. The consequence of sin still reigns in the world. Man’s mortality is self-evident. Creation scientists are convinced our weather patterns are still effected by the consequence of the flood. Our language is still “confused”. But, over it all and through it all God determined to provide salvation in Christ. Read John 3:16-21 ; Romans 5:6-8 ; I John 4:10 ; II Peter 3:9.
Take a think on some great Bible passages:
First, consider that there was no mercy, no scheme of redemption for angels who sinned. Read II Peter 2:4 ; Jude 6 & Hebrews 2:14-18. It is not angels that God helps, but Abraham’s descendants! That includes you and me.
Second, consider Isaiah 59:1-20. Upon declaring the gravity of Israel’s sin and its consequence, two great statements are made. First, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” This condition is observable in creation. Second, look close at Isaiah59: 20, “the Redeemer will come”. Come, He did in the person of Jesus Christ. It is no surprise that the creation “groans” while awaiting our “adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies”. Read Romans 8:22-23.
Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.BUT, that is not God’s fault! God “so loved”, God “sent”, God “is not willing that any should perish”, God reveals “truth” by sending “light”. Anybody who doubts or denies the love of God, has not read or does not believe the truth of God’s word. You should be convinced of God’s love because He has a long arm of salvation, and uses it!
It is good to be at Southside!!!
Jeff W. Smith
You can keep up with the Honduras Mission Team 2016 on Facebook. The Facebook Page was created to gain support and convey information about Southside's 2016 Mission Trip to Santa Rosa de Copan Honduras scheduled for June 4th-June 11th.
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From Jeff’s Desk….
We can be convinced of God’s love by acknowledging the fact that mankind is God’s crowning act of creation. God gave us the power of freewill, therefore, we can choose to honor our Creator, or not. Our intelligent mind cannot ignore the observable reality that mankind is far superior to all other living things.
Read Genesis 1:26-31. Mankind was fashioned in the spiritual, rational, emotional, and the volitional image of God. Volitional is our power of choice, our freewill. We are not made in God’s physical image, God is spirit. In a tragic episode at the Cincinnati Zoo last week, Zoo officials realized the life of a child was of greater value than that of an endangered lowland “grey-back” gorilla. This decision had to made quick. Did they learn the value of human life from the Bible or just observe that in nature? I would to God that all humans would choose to glorify God in our daily existence. Many do not. Read Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. Note the purpose of mankind given in the Genesis text. To “fill the earth”, we have. To “subdue it”, we have. To “rule over”, to the extent we can, we have. It seems easy for me to distinguish between the chirp of a bird or the moo of a cow, and the reasoned and formed communication of man. Mankind’s role in the universe testifies to God’s love.
Read Psalms 139:1-18. The fact that we cannot escape the presence of our creator should comfort the righteous and scare the unrighteous. I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” is almost an understatement when one considers DNA, the coded information that is found in every cell of your body. The Bible says life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11) and everything we know about our circulatory system reveals how true this is. Imagine the blood in your body. It processes oxygen from your lungs and delivers it to every part. It brings back waste products to just the right place to be disposed of. The process is performed over and over and over again. Your blood includes 20 different clotting factors that offer repair when the system is interrupted. If one of 3 billion complex DNA “words” is out of position, you can have serious abnormalities. If one clotting factor is out of sequence you can bleed to death, or have a life threatening condition with a clot in your brain or lung. God balanced all systems just right so you can live in this universe.
If you doubt God’s love, consider your humanity! Look around and observe the exalted position of man in the universe. God created man with purpose, design, and intellect. In all that is observable, we begin to realize God’s love.
It is good to be at Southside!!!
Jeff W. Smith
From Jeff’s Desk…..
Memorial day is a fitting tribute to soldiers who have died on the battlefield for our freedom. What began as “decoration day” in 1866 has evolved to honor all soldiers from all wars who gave their life for our freedom. Without a “Memorial Day”, we might forget.
King David would not let the people forget what God had done. As the ark is moved into Jerusalem David leads the people in a psalm of memory and praise. Read I Chronicles 16:1-36 & Psalms 105:1-15.
The Old Testament is full of memorials. The Passover was a special memorial so that when their children inquired, the story of God’s deliverance could be told, Exodus 12. That 12 Stone memorial in Joshua 4:1-7 was there to remind them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off as they entered the land. Samuel raised a stone, an “Ebenezer”. This was a stone which said, “thus far, the Lord has helped us”, I Samuel 7:12-13. The Feast of Purim celebrated God’s deliverance of the Jews from destruction. Mordecai and Esther were used together, Esther 9:18-23.
There are great New Testament Memorials. One woman broke open a box of very expensive perfume and anointed the body of Jesus. The disciples thought it a waste of good perfume, Jesus said it was a memorial to her (and Him) whenever the Gospel is preached, Matthew 26:6-13. Every time we read or preach this story, the prophesy of Jesus is fulfilled. Later in that same chapter there is that feast of celebration, the Lord’s Supper is established. The bread and the cup memorialize the body and blood given by Christ to redeem us from sin. Read Matthew 26:26-30 & I Corinthians 11:23-36.
We need memorials because people are forgetful. God blesses us continually, then one day something doesn’t go to suit us, and we doubt God’s love. Remembering what God has done, especially to save us, is very necessary. Would any among us say to God, “What have you done for me lately?” Christians should never put God to the test. Those habits of prayer and Bible Study, and assembling are great ways to never forget what God has done.
It is good to remember good soldiers who gave their last full measure of devotion for our freedom. It is better to continually remember God’s gift to us in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ our Lord. Christians are in a constant state of memorial. Remembering God’s love will convince you of God’s love.
It is good to be at Southside!!!
Jeff W. Smith
Special Message from Chris!!
2016 Southside Youth Camp at Short Mountain!
Attention All Campers and Overnight Helpers!!!
The time to sign up for camp is now! If you are going to camp you must register soon. To do so please go online to shortmountaincamp.org. Go to the click "here" to register. You will have to create a one time log in, then you may register.
A $25 deposit will be required when registering. If you need any help registering then ask your child, or contact Chris and we will get you in