At Southside you will find imperfect people with imperfect lives living under the amazing grace of a perfect God! We are casual in appearance but definitely not casual in spirit. We’re located on the south side of Bloomington at Empire Mill Road and Old 37 South.
Southside Christian Church is a multi-functional facility that can seat over 500 people on a 20 acre tract of ground just outside of downtown Bloomington. We offer several classrooms, multi-media systems, an active youth group and a full service kitchen to meet the needs of the congregation. Come visit us to feel our love, acceptance and hear God's message from His Holy Word.
What We Believe
We believe that God created the entire universe from nothing. Man’s relationship with God was damaged by believing we do not need God. The only answer to this according to the Bible is the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for each one of us. The Christian life is not one of following religious rules (Christ did that!), but of living in Christ. The result for those who choose this path is the opportunity for an abundant and eternal life. This is the truth we find in the Bible which, in its entirety, is our authority.
We are an independent, nondenominational, community church and believes that the Bible is divinely inspired and without error.
We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, sinless, died on the cross for our sins, was raised from the dead on the third day, and is coming again.
We believe that all have sinned. Sin creates a barrier between God and man. The only way to cross that barrier is through Jesus Christ.
We believe baptism by immersion is essential for believers who desire a relationship with Christ.
We believe the Holy Spirit lives in each believer to enable them to be transformed becoming more Christlike, and to empower them for ministry.
We believe the purpose of the Church can be summed up in the following passages:
The Great Commandment:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. In addition, the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Matt 22:37-39
The Great Commission:
All authority in heaven and on earth has now been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matt 28:18-20
Since its formation in 1968, Southside Christian Church has been guided by a passion to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Ultimately we exist to honor God. We think we'll do that best as we pursue these three things:
- Live together as a family that serves one another and our community.
- Making clear the good news of God's love and grace.
- Leading people to live as fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Now these three things are not independent of one another, they are by nature closely related and each one contributes to the others.
It is our desire to help people toward a life as a follower of Jesus who applies the truth of Jesus' Lordship over every facet and aspect of daily living. A Christian ought to live every day making every decision in light of his or her identity as a Christ-follower. There is no moment of the day over which Jesus does not claim lordship, so life in the workforce, life in the family, life in the community, life's leisure moments, one's financial life - every aspect of life must be lived with one's identity as a follower of Jesus determining one's thinking and one's choices.
Why We Exist...
A Jesus people
At the core of Southside's life is the desire to follow Jesus together and to accomplish his purposes in our world
A grace message
The Southside family has experienced God's amazing grace. Our message is the good news of God's love, his mercy and his grace.
A caring family
Visitors often comment on the warm welcome they received at Southside. But our friendliness runs deeper than just a greeting. The Southside family cares for and takes care of one another.
A Christian church
Southside is an autonomous congregation, led by our local elders.
A Bible church
Southside functions under the conviction that hte Bible is a message from God for our day, directing our thinking and our actions.