Christ-Centered, Expositional Preaching

We are a church who has deliberately chosen to build its people through expositional preaching with a Christ-centered approach. What that means is that the messages you hear preached at First Southern will typically work through a particular bible passage verse by verse in order to declare the truth of the text and to apply it to everyday life. The preaching is Christ-centered in that the bible is always interpreted in light of the grand story of redemption through Jesus Christ. 

Each time we preach, it is our goal to connect with every listener, declare the truth, allow the Holy Spirit to bring conviction, and consider how we might live out that declared truth in everyday life. It is a very simple approach but we believe that God is using it to transform his people. For that we are grateful! You are encouraged to listen to the sermons below and wrestle deeply with what the Holy Spirit may be saying to you. May you be changed by the word of God. 


The 5 Solas

Sola Fide (Faith Alone) [Romans 5:1-5]

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) [I Corinthians 15:8-10]

Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) [Psalm 119:1-11]


Be The Church

Building Through Generous Living [Acts 13:1-3]

Building Through Shared Service [1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11, 18

Building Through Biblical Relationships [Colossians 3:11-17]

Building Through Gathered Worship [Hebrews 10:19-25]

I Will Build My Church [Matthew 16:13-19]


Behold Our God

Our Generous God [Ephesians 3:20-21]

Our Gracious God [Ephesians 2:1-10]

Our Wise God [Psalm 104, Psalm 19, James 1

Our Just God [Deuteronomy 32]

Our Loving God [John 4]

Our Sovereign God - [Genesis 50:15-21; Romans 8:28]

Beholding the True Holy King King [Isaiah 6:1-8]

From Everlasting to Everlasting [Psalm 90]


Father's Day

The Father's Vineyard [John 15:1-8]


VBS 2017

Search the Visible, Discover the Invisible [Colossians 1:15-16]


I Am

The Way, The Truth, The Life [John 14:1-16]

The Resurrection & The Life [John 11:1-44]

The Good Shepherd [John 10:7-18]

Remember Your Mother's Teaching [Proverbs 1:7-9}

The Door of the Sheep [John 10:1-10]

The Light of the World [John 8:12]

The Bread of Life [John 6:35-51}


reTHINK Easter

Messy Lives [John 4:1-45]

The Testimony Continues: Behold The Lamb [John 1:29-34]

Words in the Wilderness [John 1:19-23]


Pretentious [Matthew 19:16-23]


Abide

A Life Worthy of Hatred [John 15:17-16:4]

The Reality of Christ's Love [John 15:12-17]

Abiding in Christ's Love [John 15:9-17]

Abide [John 15:1-8]


Being A Disciple Maker

Being A Disciple Maker [Philippians 1:20-25]

My Life Is Christ's

My Life is Christ's [Philippians 1:20-30]

Gospel Ministry

Gospel Ministry [I Thessalonians 2:1-12]


Whole Life Generosity

The Supremacy of Christ [Colossians 1:15-20]

Grace Enabled Giving: Exercising the Talents God Gave You [Romans 12:3-8]

Imitating God: Making the Best Use of Time [Ephesians 5:1-20]

Mission Minded Generosity [2 Corinthians 6:9-15]

Money [2 Corinthians 9:6-15]


Advent 2016: Treasured Words

In My Father's House [Luke 2:41-52]

The Witness of Faithful People [Luke 2:22-34]

The Shepherds' Visit [Luke 2:8-21]

Mothers of Promise [Luke 1:39-49]

Gabriel's Visit [Luke 1:26-38]


Living the Life: A Study through Ephesians

Standing Strong [Ephesians 6:10-20]

Christian Households: Part 2 [Ephesians 6:1-4]

Christian Households: Part 1 [Ephesians 5:22-33]

A Profound Mystery [Ephesians 5:22-32]

Walk This Way [Ephesians 5:3-17]

Walk In This New Way [Ephesians 4:17-5:2]

When The Church Grows Up! [Ephesians 4:7-16]

Walking In Unity [Ephesians 4:1-6]

Do More! [Ephesians 3:14-21]

Mystery Revealed [Ephesians 3:1-13]

Killing Hostility [Ephesians 2:11-22]

But God! [Ephesians 2:1-10]

Praying for Christ's Church [Ephesians 1:15-23]

Redeemed for God's Glory [Ephesians 1:3-14]

Walking Worthy [Ephesians 4:1]


Philemon

Marks of Gospel Friendship: Part 2 [Philemon 1:8-16]

Marks of Gospel Friendship: Part I [Philemon 1:1-7]


Living As Sojourner

Grace Empowered Sojourners [I Peter 1:22-23, 2:1-3]

Rooting Our Identity In Christ [I Peter 2:4-12]


The Lord's Prayer

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER [Matthew 6:7-15]


Gospel-Focused Worship

A WORSHIPING CHURCH [John 4:21-26]

THE WORSHIPING LIFE [Romans 12:1-2]


Life in the Spirit: Romans 8

GOD'S EVERLASTING LOVE [Romans 8:31-39]

GOD'S PROMISES [Romans 8:28-30]

THE HOLY SPIRIT'S PRAYERS [Romans 8:26-27]

HOPE AMIDST SUFFERING [Romans 8:17-25]

I AM GOD'S CHILD [Romans 8:14-17]

 KILLING SIN [Romans 8:12-14]

INDWELLING SPIRIT [Romans 8:9-11]

WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? [Romans 8:5-8]

WE ARE NOT CONDEMNED [Romans 8:1-4]


Futile Faith

FUTILE FAITH & PITIED PEOPLE [1 Corinthians 15:12-19]


The Good Shepherd

THE GOOD LIFE RESTORED [John 21:15-19]

THE GOOD SHEPHERD [John 10:1-5]

THE GOOD LIFE [John 10:10]

Every Word [John 21:25]


Nehemiah: Building God's People

CONFRONTING COMPROMISE [Nehemiah 13]

GOING PUBLIC [Nehemiah 10]

REPENTANCE & CONFESSION [Nehemiah 9]

DESIRING THE WORD OF GOD [Nehemiah 8]


STANDING FIRM AGAINST OPPOSITION [Nehemiah 4 & 6] 

RISE UP AND BUILD [Nehemiah 2]

BROKENNESS AND PRAYER [Nehemiah 1]


The Promise

LIVING IN THE PROMISE [2 Peter 1:3-11]


Ruth: The Story of Redemption

THE DAY OF REDEMPTION - [Ruth 4]

THE DAY OF COURAGE  - [Ruth 3]

THE DAY OF DESPERATION - [Ruth 1]


Follow Me! 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS - [Mark 5:14-20]

WHY WE CAN PRAY BOLDLY - [Hebrews 4:14-16]

HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERED - [Luke 4:14-21]

FATHER KNOWS BEST: SUBMISSION THE TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER - [Matthew 26:36-46]

FOLLOW ME: BARRIERS AND BLESSINGS - [Mark 10:17-31]


Contending for the Faith 

MY LIFE IS CHRIST! - [Philippians 1:20-25]

CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH - [Book of Jude]


God Who Goes Before Us [Exodus 1-14]

GOD LEADS US - [Exodus 13:17-22]

GOD IS POWERFUL - [Exodus 5-12]

GOD IS PRESENT [Exodus 3-4]

GOD IS FAITHFUL [Exodus 1-2]


Life in the Kingdom [Matthew 13]

KINGDOM GROWTH [Matthew 13:31-33]

HARVEST DAY IS COMING [Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-50]

PARABLE OF THE SOWER [Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23]


Life as a Missionary [Matthew 10]

LIFE ON MISSION [Matthew 10:26-42]

MISSION ADVANCE [Matthew 10:16-25]

TWELVE ORDINARY DISCIPLES [Matthew 9:35-10:15]


Life as a Disciple [Matthew 5-7]

CHOOSE YOUR WAY [Matthew 7:13-29]

 MY GENEROUS FATHER [Matthew 7:7-12]

DO NOT BE ANXIOUS [Matthew 6:25-34]

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Matthew 6:7-15]

LIVING AS A SHOW OFF [Matthew 6:1-6; 16-18]

SALT AND LIGHT [Matthew 5:13-16]

JOY IN KINGDOM LIVING [Matthew 5:7-12]

JOY IN KINGDOM LIVING [Matthew 5:1-6]