Praying For Husbands
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Young Leaders of SCF
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Pastor Eddie Mason Sermon Excerpt
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Celebrating Our Lord
David's Army & Young Women of Virtue dance to Hosanna!
SCF Women's Fellowship
Women of all ages gathered to fellowship at SCF.
SCF Women's Fellowship
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SCF Congregation
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Standing for Revival
Pastor Eddie Mason is leading SCF toward a corporate revival.
IGNITE Student Ministry
The student ministry of SCF leads worship on the 5th Sunday of every month.
Celebrating Our Young People
Southside Christian Fellowship's pastors and elders pray for and prophesy over the children of the church.

When you visit Southside Christian Fellowship for the first time, you will experience freedom in worship. The Apostolic-Prophetic mantle over our ministry gives every believer the opportunity to experience the fullness of the Lord under the guidance of Holy Spirit. For some of our visitors, this may be the first time you've experienced in this manner. As a result, we want to share with you those things you might experience. They include:
 

·         Worship through music, song, dance and other areas of the arts;

·         The blowing of the Shofar;

·         Falling Under the Spirit; and

·         Speaking in tongues.

You will also see our children actively particpating in the worship service. For some, this may seem like a distraction but for our church family this is an opportunity for our children to discover who they are as worshippers before a Holy God. Parents with infants, toddlers and older children are always encouraged to express themselves in the Lord.

Check out what we believe about each one of these topics below.

 

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

Worship is our response to God for who He is and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ. The focus of our worship is God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are called to express our love and adoration to God. We are privileged to do so; thus worship is an end in itself; the highest of all calls.

Worship allows the believer the opportunity to interact with the Father individually and corporately. The call to worship follows the heavenly pattern. Revelation 4:8 tells us that there are created beings whose sole purpose is to offer praise and worship day and night without ceasing. This is a heavenly pattern that should be duplicated on earth.

The importance of worship cannot be over emphasized. Worship must become the number one priority of all believers. “All of history is moving toward one great goal, the white hot worship of God and His Son among all the peoples of the earth.” –Let the Nations be Glad p.15 Worship brings us into intimate communion with the Father. It allows us to realize that our existence is all about God and not about us. Worship humbles us so that we can acknowledge God and God alone is the center of all creation. He must increase and we must decrease.

Worship takes on many forms. It demands personal involvement and expression. Though the outward expression is meaningless to the Father if the heart is not right. God is looking for participators not spectators.

·         Exuberant Praise – Singing, dancing, shouting, clapping, laughing, weeping, waving banners, lifting hands, kneeling

·         Songs of Exaltation – Songs that are sung about the greatness of our God.

·         Songs to God – Songs that are not about God but are sung to God.

·         Interpretive Dance – Dancers that interpret the spirit of a song by expressing its beauty through movement.

·         Giving- We worship God through our giving. We humbly acknowledge that all we have and all we will ever have is from God. He is our provider and our sustainer.

·         Prayers are a form of worship. Prayers of petition, prayers of intercession or prayers of repentance are all expressions of worship. We are acknowledging that we are dependent upon Him for all things.

·         Confession is an expression of worship because we have reached the point where we desire the approval of God more than the approval of man. We choose to become vulnerable to both God and man.

·         Operation of the Gifts are an expression of worship because we are submitting ourselves to the Spirit to be used as a manifested expression of God Himself.

 

FALLING OUT IN THE SPIRIT, WHAT IS IT?

Many have questions about this topic. They want to know why do people sometimes fall down when they are prayed for? What is happening to them? Is it biblical? The following is a condensed version of an article by Pastor Eddie that gives biblical evidences to support what we are seeing.

When people are invited to the altar for prayer, you will see a number of things happening. You may see people taking a bottle of oil and pouring a small amount of oil on their hand. After pouring the oil, they will place their hands on the person being prayed for. There is no magic in the oil. We are following the instructions laid out in James 5:14 .

Some people may fall to the ground. They are not hurt; the Holy Spirit overwhelms them. There are many verses in scripture where the presence of the Lord made it impossible to stand. (I Kings 8:10-11 , II Chron 5:13 , Exod. 40:34-35 , Acts 9:3-4 , Acts 10:9-11 , Acts 22:17 , John 18:4-6 )

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God used signs and wonders to confirm His word and His anointed. (Acts 2:22Mark 16:20)

Here, the scripture breaks the supernatural manifestation of God into three separate categories: miracles, signs, and wonders. There are no scriptures that define or limit God as to the way He chooses to demonstrate His power. (Heb. 2:4)

My personal experience with falling out in the Spirit has always been the inability to stand. All strength leaves my legs, and I simply collapse. The first time this happened, I cried before the Lord. Then a tremendous peace flooded my entire being.

Many people have learned to respond to the presence of the Lord by yeilding and falling. Some, like myself, are just unable to stand. (It would not have mattered whether there was someone there to catch or not: we would have fallen.) I have known many people to be out for hours and notknow what was going on. I have known people to see visions, have personal revelation, be healed, and many other wonderful manifestations. To explain it would be like trying to explain the wind. I know it's real, and it's wonderful.

Is everyone who falls really under the power of the Holy Spirit? I sincerely doubt everyone that falls is real. There are some who simply fall as a courtesy to the one praying, but who knows which are real and which are false. The point is that many who fall under the power are experiencing the very real presence of the Holy Spirit of God. It is not my job to judge who is and who isn't real. It is not about falling down. It is about being transformed by the presence of God.

 

BLOWING THE SHOFAR

At Southside Christian Fellowship , we use the shofar during celebratory worship. We do not believe there is anything mystical or magical about the shofar. We simply are using it as an expression of worship; During the blowing of the shofar there can be very distinct sounds:

1.     Tekiah - one long, straight blast

2.     Shevarim - three medium, wailing sounds

3.     Teruah - nine quick blasts in short succession


Tekiah is the sound of the King's coronation. And now, the shofar proclaims to ourselves and to the world: God is our King. It isn't enough that Christ is MY King alone. If ALL humanity doesn't recognize Christ as King, then there is something lacking in my own relationship with the Father. Part of my love for Jesus is to help guide all people to an appreciation of Him.

Shevarim - three medium, wailing blasts - is the sobbing heart, yearning to connect and to grow. Every Christian has the potential to change and be great. This can be accomplished much faster than you ever dreamed of. Don't let yourself be constrained by the past. You know you have enormous potential. At the moment the shofar is blown, we cry out to God from the depths of the soul. This is the moment when our souls stand before the Almighty in an open heaven.

Teruah - nine quick blasts in short succession - resembles an alarm clock, arousing us from our spiritual slumber. The shofar brings clarity, alertness, and focus to our call as Christians. God wants us to make an honest effort to maximize and utilize the gifts He gave us. You aren't expected to be anything you're not. But you can't hoodwink God, either.

The shofar was sounded:

1.     As an instrument of proclamation, announcing the presence or coming of the Lord (Exodus 19:19)

2.     To praise God (Psalm 98:6)

3.     As an early warning siren (Numbers 10:9)

4.     To assemble the people, to assemble the troops (Nehemiah 4:20)

5.     To call God's people to worship Him (Isaiah 26:13)

6.     At the swearing of an oath to God (II Chronicles 15:14)

7.     In the midst of battle (Zechariah 9:14)

8.     To announce the beginning of festivals (Leviticus 25:9-10)

and...

At the return of Jesus, the Messiah. "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with a voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." (I Thessalonians 4:16-18 NKJV)