I Am a Church Member

As I shared on Sunday, I will begin a new sermon series about church membership on September 17. This sermon series will be based on the Biblical themes addressed in the book “I Am a Church Member” by Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Since this is such an important topic, I wanted to give you multiple outlets to experience this enlightening material. So, after the first sermon of the series, we will give each family in our church a free copy of “I Am a Church Member.” My hope is that each week you will read the corresponding chapter in the book to continue exploring the topic I just preached on. Then, on the following Sunday morning, our Small Groups will discuss a Scripture passage related to the same topic. If you haven't been to a Small Group recently, or at all, we hope that you will take the opportunity to try one out for at least this 6-week period. We will also be offering a Wednesday evening discussion group for all those who serve as children’s teachers or members of our welcome team during the Small Group hour. The sermon series will culminate in a service of membership rededication and prayer for our church as well as a New/Prospective Member Orientation.

For those of you who have been church members for a long time, our hope is that interacting with this material through a sermon, book, and Small Group Bible Study will bring a new perspective and fresh excitement to your role as a member of South Hills. For those of you who have not had quite as much experience, we hope this series sheds new light on some important Biblical concepts.

My hope is that we gain a better understanding of what it means to be an effective, unified church body. As we study, worship, and pray together I trust God will transform our hearts and the culture of our church. Begin praying with us now that God will prepare our hearts and minds to be shaped by the truths of His Word.