Welcome Jordan Copas - "Unlikely"

This week, Southside welcomes Christian rap musician Jordan Copas to share his testimony and music with us. Jordan is a talented artist who loves to share his faith with the modern generation of seekers and unbelievers alike.

1 Corinthians 1:28-31


[Michael Walker]


Praying: We pray that you would catch us unawares this morning. That we’d be impacted in a way we just weren’t expecting. I thank you for Jordan and his family. I pray your blessing on him and his family. We submit this day to you. We pray, Lord, let us be open to receive all you have purposed for us. Let us be captured by your greatness today. We pray for your blessing and guidance. We pray you would have liberty in our lives today.


10:26 - As we take up the offering, I want to share a few things before our dear brother Jordan comes to speak. There’s something I constantly have to go back to and be challenged by the Lord with.

One thing I ask myself - Lord, when I leave here today, will I have been found faithful in the calling purpose for my life. Have I been living as you purpose me to live?

Part of being a pastor, I see us young and old from different backgrounds and denominations. I’m always caught in a place where I think, “God, what do you have for us as a church and a community?”

I find myself going back to Eph 4:11-12 -  11* And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,


In this, expression “to equip the saints” - my primary purpose is to equip you the saints for the work of the ministry.

There are two things that stand out. As we mature in our relationship with Christ, as individuals and as a body, it’s my calling and purpose to equip you for the work of the ministry. To challenge and encourage and equip you to be out doing the work.

Recognize that as we do the work, we’ll have new believers, young in the faith, coming into this body. And because we have new believers, I also must understand that part of my calling is to build up the body. Those who are young in the faith in their maturity in X. 

I keep looking - who’s young? how do I encourage? I need to speak their language where they are. I need to be the salt they need to want this Christ, to be connected, to grow, to mature in X, and be planted in this body.

One challenge I feel is that we have to be agents of change. If we look at Acts 17, we see that Paul comes to Athens to speak to the stoics and epicureans. The Epi’s were all about experiencing the joys of life. And the Stoics were about NOT showing your hand.

Paul is in this arena. He’d go to the marketplace and meet these philosophers and would seek to connect wit the people.

The religious crowd would become irate with him. He was bringing the gospel in a way that was truly to the people in the community outside of the church.

As Paul continued, he went to Mars Hill. There were statues to the gods, and to the unknown God, and he tells them in their genre and their area about God.

And many of these Greeks (Gentlies) came to X because of Paul’s words.

Paul was an agent of change. There’s something I’ve noticed about being an agent of change… When you become an agent of change, we think it means we need to cross over into other cultures.

But I realize that it doesn’t mean that. It means we must become the BRIDGE to other cultures. Because crossing over means you can cross over and then come back.

As I walk in society and become involved in the community and get more involved with the officers and speaking with city planners, I realize there’s this segment of society that we have to become that bridge for. To bring the gosple throughout the different genres of culture and lifestyle. This is what X did for us. He related to every single person on the earth.

WE must become the bridge to reach all people for the gosple of X.

About 10 years ago, th community of Possum Trot, TX, population 700, there was a church w/ a heart for orphans. They decided to do something about it: they adopted 75 children. There were senior adults, empty nesters, who adopted young children. Families w/ 3-4 children adopted 3-4 more.

Kids who had been going through hardship after hardship are now honor students, or studying for cosmetology or criminal justice.

To be an agent of change, we must change.


There’s a poem: What change would we like to make in others’ lives for Jesus’s sake?… Only when we are changed can we be agents of change.


It’s my heart’s passion—when we see what’s going on with the officers, and with the friction between different races, I pray that we would be grieved by it. That we’d become agents of change. Bridges. Permanently established to reach and care for others who aren’t like us.


We’re getting a new neighbor in my neighborhood. When I met them, I discovered that I was one of their selling points. I’m the reason they’re moving to our house.

This is a caucasian couple w/ a young child. God has laid it on their heart that they needed to sell their house and move into an interracial neighborhood. We wanted to have neighbors who weren’t the same color as us.

As we look at the gospel and the world, it means we must truly change and be about change. We must change our life in order to be part of what God’s called us to be.

One thing I appreciate about my sons and the band Like Sons—they’re doing worship at “The Dwelling Place”. They’re doing a style of music that crosses over to different genres. They’re becoming a bridge that’s connecting and reaching different people.

I truly believe that this is a calling not just for our church, but for Christians today. And I believe that calling’s been there since day 1 when the church was establsiedh.

The challenge for us is, “God, what needs to be changed in me so I can be bridge to other cultures, ethnic groups, economic groups, so that I can be all things to all men and save some.

I have a gift for you, brothers and sisters. His name is Jordan. I pray that you would experience a myriad of emotions and feelings and allow God to speak to you. And lets be challenged to walk in the things God has for us this morning.


10:44 [Jordan Copas]


Has anyone heard of Amazing Grace? It’s the Christian theme song. When I was on tour in Wilmington, DE. While I was there, some people were killed in shootings. I wrote this song in a minor chord because life’s not always in a major chord.


It’s only by God’s grace we’re here today.


“Amazing Grace” with rap.


1Corinthians 1


Life isn’t made of the dreams you dream but of the choices you make.


The first book I read was the book of Job. “Hey mom, you need a job. You can get it in the Bible.” I’m sitting in the G Block in prison. I’m reading about this man, Job. And, to make a long story short, Job needed a realization that he wasn’t just self-righteous. He was righteous.

I was self-righteous. “Why do I have to have a hard life? Live in a housing project? Get molested?”

i’m willing to open up and share my story so others will share their stories.

When I first told my story, others felt free to. There’s no one here who doesn’t have a story.


So I read 1Cor 1:

 26* For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

 27* But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;

 28* God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,

 29* so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

 30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

 31 Therefore, as it is written, ‘‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’’


Like my little 9-week baby, we need to be carried, we need to be fed, we need to be burped.


I’m so glad our God isn’t bipolar.


I hate it when people tell me they don’t have a story. The Strong family took me in and God used them in a mighty way. What a testimony. They took me in though I was selling drugs, sleeping around. They required me to go to church with them.

And I’d go to church and sleep there. And they never yelled at me.

I saw something in that family I never had. That family had its problems, though from the outside they looked like they had it together. They have conflict, but the yresove is.

That gave hope. That was their testimony.

God’s given us all a story. For the families here that are compassionate on people, thank you. Your kindness sees past what people act and look like, you see beyond what they’re doing. And the Strongs saw greatness in me, even when I was unloveable. Be encouraged to love someone not like you.

I was bad. I did God-awful things and they loved me through it all. Their son was best man at my wedding. And I was best man at his.

Thank you for letting me speak. 1Cor 1 is what the Lord laid on my heart.


My logo: “Unlikely”. We have an unlikely savior. He’d come down and wash our feet and serve us. He came to serve and not be served.


When we think of a savior, we think we need to look up. But he’s the Lord who wants to invade our space. When I had the people in our church shun me, this family planted seeds in my life.

Later in my life, the Lord met me. He said “Let go of the image of who you think you’re supposed to be.”

In the culture I grew up in, everyone has an image for themselves. And they don’t want to become Christians because people will see me as being a fake.

Unlikely people are likely to be used by the Lord when they humble themselves.


One of my theme songs is “Unlikely”. As this song is going, feel free to come alongside someone and say, “I see greatness in you.”


Michael - 

11:07 - Jordan lives in Nashville. He did a show last night. He’s a husband and father. He has CDs for sale in the foyer that supports his ministry and family. We want always to support ministers who continue to advance the kingdom of God.

We’re getting ready to have communion.

I know, am I getting old. As my ears get older, I don’t hear as clearly.

I pray you understood what was spoken in that song.

Sometimes, church is the most difficult place for us. Sometimes when we’re struggling, we feel like we’re failing at everything. And sometimes when we get here we see that everyone’s all together and their life is perfect. And sometimes the enemy can use that as self-condemnation.

So we come away not feeling uplifted but condemned. That grieves my heart to think that someone might come to worship in a place where they’re to be cared for and comforted and exhorted in the lord and for them to walk away feeling condemned.

I’m the first to say that my life isn’t all together. You know God is at work in your life. He wants to use you. And is using you. You’re God’s masterpiece. Don’t let anyone tell you different. And God wants to be and can be and will be at work in your life and in life situations I pray you’l hear that.


Thank you Jordan for your testimony and sharing your song and encouraging us. That even when we have garbage in our lives, God can redeem us.

We’ve been redeemed for his purpose and plan. Thank you.


Communion - If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, as the one who’s able to rescue you, and you’ve been struggling, you know what? He sees through you. He sees through the best dressed and worst dressed. Through every facade. Through our own thoughts of feeling like we have it together — or not.

It’s wonderful that our creator’s heart breaks for us. He yearns as a father yearns for a child. I want to care for you. I want to do the things I propose for you. So if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

Or if you’re running from the Lord. You may not show it physically. And the spirit of God has pierced your heart. If that’s you, I know my God is able to break that cycle of running and restore you in the things the Father has purposed for you.

If that’s you, as we have communion, I’m going to ask you to be bold, brave, desperate. I would love for you to come forward to sit in the front pew. And we’ll pray with you and for you. If you’ve been running, we’ll pray for God to be working in your life. We’d love to invite you into a relationship with the Lord and savior.

We practice open communion. You don’t have to be a member here. But if you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we ask you not to take communion. It’s for believers. But if you’re not a believer you can become one today by surrendering your life to X.


When Jesus took the bread, he said, “Eat this in remembrance of me.”

And when he took the cup, he said it was the cup of a new covenant. Not of the Law and works. Not of animal sacrifices. But it’s about the blood of Christ that washes away our sins. So we’re new and alive in Christ. You are righteous in Christ.

So as we take of this cup, we remember how his blood was shed for us and washed away our sins and brought us into a new covenant with him.


Church, let’s stand.


As we sing this closing song, if there’s something you need, we’re not about being religious If God’s speaking to your heart and you need to come forward, please do.


Right after this service, we invite you to stay for a brief meeting.