Hello again friends, It is I, Bro.Drew , the Pastor of Southside here to share a bit of time with you again. I hope and pray that all is well with you, and I am hopeful that something in this post might be of a benefit to you. I want to start our topic today in the Gospel according to Mark , in the 6th Chapter. Let us start reading with the 1st Verse.

Mar 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
Mar 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Mar 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
Mar 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
Mar 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

We find here that Jesus Christ is in his earthly ministry , and has traveled back to his own Country. The Scripture says on the Sabbath he begin to teach in the synagogue , and that many that heard his teachings we astonished. In fact, many of them were curious where his knowledge and wisdom could have come from since he was just a “carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James , Joses, and of Judah, and Simon” The scripture goes on to say that He couldn’t do as great of a work in this place , other than healing a few sick folks, as he had intended. It seems self-evident that Christ had a desire to do many miraculous works amongst his own country;however , he was unable to do so great of works due to one aspect. UNBELIEF.
It would appear that those that were there in The Lord’s own country were hindering the Lord from the maximum potential , by simple not believing he was who he was , or that he was able to do the things he spoke of. In a simple frame of thinking , it was as if the people of Nazareth put the brakes on the Lord’s work for them.

Now when it comes to brakes , I happen to be guilty of a time or two leaving my emergency brake in place , and trying to drive away. I grew up in Tennessee , and if you’ve never been to Tennessee , there is something you need to know. There are an abundance of hills, and the amount of parking done on a flat surface is nearly non-existent. So I was raised and trained to always apply your emergency brake when parking. Now , I live in the great state of Indiana…..where in and around Indianapolis , there is not a great deal of hills.So as you can imagine, there have been a few times where I have taken off driving with the “E” brake still applied. Now I’m sure it will come as no surprise , that I generally don’t go very far , and I realize something is very wrong. There is an obvious and evident hinderence and struggle that my vehicle goes through. I of course make a stop to figure out what is causing the slow down, and release the emergency brake so I can proceed as intended at maximum power and speed.

Now lets bring these two aspects together into one. I feel that similar to the residence of Nazareth, we as today’s church members often put the brakes on the Lord’s work , and hinder Him from the maximum ability and effectual power he desires to have in our lives. For instance , in our witnessing for the Lord. I am afraid that Many of God’s children put the brakes on witnessing to individuals who do not fit the mold of what they have in mind as a person in need of the Gospel. Many of God’s people are so terrified of rejection , we skip witnessing to others altogether. Just because someone has tattoos all over , or is homeless, or a different race than we are, that does not exclude the need for them to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also in our church services, we are habitually found with our brake on. If someone worships in a way that is not cohesive to our preference , we automatically brake , and disassociate ourselves from the service. Now , please don’t take me out of context , if someone is acting in a way that is unscriptural , or practicing in a way that is contradicting to our beliefs , that is one thing. But on many occasions we find something as simple as singing a different type of song (contemporary) or a different style of praise (Hand-raising) to activate the brakes of many of our churches. I believe that God has a desire to be greater that what we allow him to be many times. God’s children limit him in their lives in various ways, just like the dwellers of Nazareth. I long for the day when we can worship God in a church serves where no one uses the brake. Where there is no friction , no tension, and hindering. I long for a day when God’s children spread the Gospel without discrimination or preference.
In closing , I hope we all can take the brakes off of our service for the Lord. Let him move freely in our services , and in our lives without friction, without tension, without hindering.

TAKE OFF THE BRAKE!!!!!

Hello Friends,

It’s Bro.Drew , here to share some time with you on our website. Although I don’t have any idea how many views this website gets , I pray that if you are reading this , it is a blessing to you in some small way. So let’s get started….

This entry’s is looking at some basic truths about Life as a Child of God , and what we face on a daily basis. I have title this entry The Latest Fads, so lets take a look at what a fad is , as defined by Webster…..

Fad- A practice or interest, followed for a time or span , with exaggerated zeal. An intense and widely shared enthusiasm with a particular object , event , action. Typically short lived, not expected to last for an extended period of time.

It seems that fads are all around us in this day and age. Unfortunately, we do not have to look far to see that Serving the Lord, and doing Gods work does seem to be a fad of too many of God’s people , and members of the Lord’s church. The work of the Lord is not something that should be a sporadic , inconsistent work , but rather a lifelong dedication to serve and follow. The Apostle Paul gives excellent instruction toward this concept in the Roman Letter….

Roman 12:11  ……. “Fervent in spirit , serving the Lord.”

Fervency is hard to come by in todays society. We live in an instant gratification society (ATM society). We want to pull up , show our credentials , and drive away blessed. However , Bible does not teach us that this is the way we should live our lives. Fervency is not a word we see used in today’s conversations, but truly to understand what Paul was instructing in Romans , we must look at what fervency means at its core.

Fervent – from the Greek word zeo, meaning to boil hot , with great zeal for good, to burn hot without ceasing.

As I am sure you know, I am not a Greek Scholar; however, I do feel it helps when studying the word of God, if we look at the original language to understand its full meaning. So in doing so , you can see that Paul was telling the Romans that serving God should be without ceasing. Serving God should be a constant priority in all of our lives. If we will serve the Lord with fervency , and stay true to his work , He promises he will bless his Children. We look at another one of Paul’s writings next , which reiterates this truth ….

Titus 2:7  “In all things, showing thyself a pattern of good works.”

The word used in the passage of scripture is pattern. If we look at this for a moment , a pattern is following the same action in a repetitive fashion, in order to complete a task. Paul says to Titus (Paul’s representative to the to the Island of Crete), that young Christian men should have a pattern of good works, a pattern that was visible , and able to be followed by others. Now when we relate this to how today looks at the work of God, the concepts don’t jive. The world wants to teach us that serving God is something that is good , but not required, just an action that is optional, and available to those that wish to participate. The is directly contrary to the Word of God. Serving God should not be a fad, but a lifelong dedication to serving God.

It seems that one of the most common fads of today is Homosexuality , or as some wish to call it, ”Coming Out”. Every day we are overwhelmed by popular , famous people who admit to being openly gay. Fads aren’t always sinful though. Dances, games , online challenges are all the latest crazes of the next generation. Let me give all the young people who are reading this some advice, the work of God far surpasses the latest frenzies of this life, and its blessings far outweigh the fame and recognition of any Fad. It is the most important work , and it is imperative that we spend our entire lives striving to serve God.

I will leave you with this scripture,

Matthew 16:24 ” If any man will come after me , let him deny himself , and take up his cross , and follow me.”

I believe that Jesus Christ is telling us an excellent truth in this passage. One that the Disciples would perfectly understand, but may be somewhat foreign to us in today’s world. It is understood that the disciples were extremely familiar with the practice of Crucifixion, as it was a very common form of Roman execution. In understanding that , we look at a typical crucifixion, the accused is brought before the Court to be judged. If the accused is found guilty , the Charge of the Criminal was carved in the cross, then the accused picks up his own cross, and carries it to the place of the accused’s death. The charge is put on the cross , so that all could see as the criminal travels to his destination, what crime was punishable by death. Hence , the reason Jesus’ Cross read “King of the Jews”, because he was guilty of nothing except being the prophesied Son of God. I say that to show that carrying ones cross is intended to be the last and only work one does after picking it up. So, if you are a child of God, Jesus instructs us to pick up our cross (our part in his work) and carry it , and only it , until we leave this walk of life. What a beautiful message , in just one simple scripture.

I hope something in this passage has been a blessing to you, and until next time, God Bless you all is my prayer.

Bro. Drew

 

Hello Friends ,

My name is Brother Andrew Horton , and I am the new Pastor of Southside Missionary Baptist Church. I would like to take a moment and thank you for visiting our website , and to invite you to any and all of our services. Southside is a small Baptist Church , whose primary focus is serving and praising an Almighty God. We strive to worship the Lord in spirit and truth , as instructed in John 4:24. Any and all are welcome to attend our services, we enjoy and encourage visitors to come to  one of our services , and find out for yourself what we are all about.

I would like to give you all a portion of autobiography from myself , to share what God has done in my life , as well as how I came to be where I am today. I was born to a young Pastor (Eld Mark Horton) and his wife (Regina) on January 23 ,1989. My family was grounded in the Missionary Baptist Church , and I was carried to the house of the Lord from my birth. As I began to grow and learn more about God , and his Son, Jesus , I became very curious as to how I could have a personal relationship with God. I asked many questions , and sought advice from the Elders of the Church , asking how I would know that I was Lost ,and separated from God , and how would I know when God had Saved my unworthy soul.  The answer still rings clear in my memory  , “You’ll Know.” Although at the time , the answer created great uncertainty in my young mind , I soon came to know that what they had said was true.

On the night of February 16th, 1997 , I became under great conviction of the Holy Spirit , it was revealed unto me that I was lost , not saved , and unprepared to meet God. I became overwhelmingly afraid , and in deep contrition. I began to pray and seek God for the Salvation of my young soul. I confessed with my mouth that I was a sinner , and believed that Jesus was the son of God , and offered God every possession I had at eight years old. However, I didn’t experience a change , nothing felt different , I hadn’t received the gift that is referenced in Eph 2:8. So I prayed all the more , praying and begging aloud for God to save me, still no change. I began to get desperate , I was not aware of anything else I could do to be saved. I promised I would be obedient , that I would make a good servant , that I would always give my absolute all for the work of God , yet still no Salvation. It was at that point I completely surrendered myself before and the most high God , and expressed that I had nothing else to offer him , my exact words were, ” I give up” . It was in that moment of complete helplessness , and total dependency , the The Lord reached down, and cleansed my sinful soul in the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. I joined Harmony Missionary Baptist Church(Nashville, TN) the next Sunday , and was baptized in to the congregation soon there after.

I continued to grow up in the work of the Lord through many different congregation , as my Dad held the Pastorate at four different churches while I lived at home. I met a young lady at the Church where I was saved when I was the ripe age of nine years old. This seven year old girl instantly stole my heart , and I knew there was something special about her. We dated periodically over the years , and remained great friends until my freshman year of college. I saw this young lady I had met nearly ten years previously , and was immediately drawn to her , and knew that something about this beautiful girl was different than I had ever felt before. We began dating full time , and during our courtship , I began to attend Southside on a more frequent basis. In the Spring of 2008 the Lord lead me to join Southside Missionary Baptist Church, and in the Spring of 2009, that beautiful young woman agreed to be my wife. Lindsy has been such a tremendous blessing to me and my ministry. We have grown together in the Lord in our first two years of our marriage, and in the Spring of 2013, the Lord blest our home with a child , Leelan.

In the Spring of 2009, I got a job working for one of our deacons (my father-in-law) , at a small print shop on the south side of Indy. I would read my Bible as much as I possibly could , and try to grow in the knowledge of God’s word. It was while I was reading the 10th Chapter of Romans , that the Lord called me into the ministry of the Gospel. I did not surrender my life to the calling until the fall of 2009. In August of that same year , I preached my first sermon at Southside. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to preach at many different Churches all over the U.S. , However, my heart has always remained at Southside.

In the fall of 2013 , the Lord began to reveal to me ,through the Holy Spirit,  his will for me in my life . The Spirit exposed the church to the exact same will within a matter of weeks. My love and burden for the church at Southside launched to a new level when the Church elected me as their new pastor. I will strive in every way to give all that I have in service to the Lord  in this new position. I desire an interest in the prayers of God’s people as the Church moves into this next chapter of service together.

I hope this small reading has given you a glimpse into my life , where I came from , and how I got to where I am today. I would personally like to invite you to visit us at Southside any chance that you get. We love and encourage seeing new faces every week at service. For all of those that are reading that are children of God , know that you and your congregation are always in our prayers. For those of you reading that do not know the Lord in the free pardon of sin , it is my prayer that you will be drawn by the Spirit of God to an alter of repentance, trust in the Lord with all your heart , and seek the Lord diligently until you find peace that passeth all understanding (Phil 4:7). Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, concerns, or just to say hello and God Bless. May God richly bless your life.

Love and Prayers,

Bro. Drew