We believe that glorifying God is our chief end in life. All that we are and all that we do should bring God honor and glory. No matter what is going on, Southern Hills wants to live in a way that shows that God is our supreme treasure (1 Cor 10:31; 2 Cor 5:9).
As believers, we have been freed from the power of sin and given the ability serve God and others (Gal 5:13). God has not only freed us to serve one another, but He has also equipped us to do so (1 Pet 4:10). Southern Hills seeks to create real and lasting relationships that will encourage a culture of serving (John 13:1-20).
Experience Life Change
Real life change begins as one enters into a saving relationship with God (2 Cor 5:17). This good work that God starts in salvation is only the beginning of life change in the believer. Our lifelong pursuit should be to become more like Christ. (Phil 1:6; 2:11-13; 2 Cor 3:18; Rom 8:28-30). We hope that Southern Hills will be a church that encourages, equips and walks with people throughout this lifelong journey.
Doing it All Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Gospel is the good news of God’s gift of Himself in His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Jesus, who is fully God (Titus 2:13) and fully man (2 John 7), came and lived a perfect life and then died a substitutionary death for all who place their faith in Him (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus also overcame death and rose again. This is the best news that we could ever receive. As sinners we deserve eternal separation from God. (Rom 6:23). This good news (Gospel) frees those who believe from the power of sin (Rom 6:6-7) and enables them to live for the glory of God (Rom 6:18). The Gospel is not only the power of God unto salvation, but is also the power for living a life that pleases God. Southern Hills desires to share the power of the Gospel with people so that they may come to know God and grow in their relationship with Him.
Fulfilling Our Purpose
All the ministries of Southern Hills should help us fulfill our purpose statement. As a church we will consistently evaluate our ministries to make sure they are helping us to accomplish our purpose. We believe this short purpose statement will point us in the direction of living out what Paul described as the purpose of the church when he said…
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
- Ephesians 4:11-16