"Be Still and Know that I am God"

Rev. Richard Ramsay

"Be Still and Know that I Am God"

Sunday we welcome Rev. Richard Ramsay to Westminster as we kickoff Missions Month! Richard and his wife, Angelica, are missionaries with Mission to the World. Richard met Angelica in Chile, where they served for 21 years, teaching and planting churches. In 1999, they moved to Miami, where they have been working in international distance education, traveling to teach overseas and preparing courses for several institutions, most recently for Third Millennium Ministries.

"Preach to those Bones"!

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Preach to those Bones!"

"Eat of it and you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:17). We know what happened. They ate and ruined everything. Enter guilt, grime, and the grave. All consequences of our first parents' disobedience. The wreckage is all around us. Pastors walk into these ruins every day, called to bring Good, sometimes hard-to-believe, News into the midst of the bad news. Sunday, we will be ordaining Charlie Phillips to this sacred task. Join us for "Preach to those Bones!"

"Cross-Centered Minister"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"A Cross-Centered Minister"

Children have a one-word sentence that sometimes leads to a parent pulling rank: "Why? . . . Why?" When we dads are running low on energy, the response is often, "I'm your father, that's why." As Paul attempted to turn the Corinthians away from their quarreling and divisions, he appealed to them as their spiritual father. In doing so, he provides not only a picture of his work among them, but also the marks of a cross-centered minister. This Sunday we consider both. Join us!

"Spiritual Leadership"

Rev. Dr. Lane Stephenson

"Spiritual Leadership"

One of the first issues Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians is leadership - not poor leadership but a wrong view of leadership. A worldly view of spiritual leadership was at the root of disunity and other self-inflicted problems in the church. As a result, the topic of leadership has a significant place in Paul's letter. A biblical understanding of leadership is as necessary today as it was for the church in Corinth. Join us this Sunday as we hear 1 Corinthians 3 and are called to think spiritually about spiritual leadership.

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"Knowing God"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Knowing God"

How do we get to know something or someone? The more complex an object, the more challenging it is to get to know it. For example, you might say you 'know' a book, or you 'know' your pet. And there is a level of intimacy in knowing both, but knowing my cat is a more complex knowing, and typically what I mean is I know my cat's temperament and tendencies. I've seen her 'in action.' Still, the cat can catch me by surprise - that's what they often do. Yet, unlike cats, people can keep secrets. It's hard to know what's going on inside. I can get 'to know' a cat in few days; it may take years to get to know a person and still never really know them. How about God? Do you know Him? How do you come to know Him? Join us Sunday for "Knowing God"!

"Foolish Wisdom"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Foolish Wisdom"

Once upon a time, when Christians built their places of worship, they built churches that took the shape of what secured salvation for every follower of Jesus: a cross. Each part of the architecture carried meaning. It was one great object lesson that put on display the good news of Jesus Christ crucified and risen for sinners! And it's a message that's foolish . . . the foolish wisdom of God. Sunday, we continue our study in 1 Corinthians. Join us!

"How Churches Fall Apart"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"How Churches Fall Apart"

The church at Corinth was on the skids. They held a record that no other New Testament church cared to claim: number of problems. At least fifteen problems were ripping the church at the seams. A church so blessed had fallen so far. Word had gotten to the church's founding pastor, the Apostle Paul himself. How did this happen? Sadly, it takes place too often, and Paul wastes little time in dealing head-on with the core issues in his letter to this beloved church. Join us Sunday for "How Churches Fall Apart"!

Welcome to Corinth

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Welcome to Corinth"

If you only know one thing about the church in Corinth, chances are the one thing you know is the church in Corinth was a mess. Lots of problems, sins, divisions, and heresy. Why are we surprised? Why think the church back then would be different than our church today? Every church is composed of imperfect people. It may have a glowing reputation, yet it's a flawed community; just ask any pastor . . . simply look in the mirror. Sunday, we begin our study in Paul's first to this church with "Welcome to Corinth." Join us!

Worth The Wait

Aaron Mann, WPC Director of Student Ministries

"Worth the Wait”

It is estimated that the average person spends around 5 years of their life waiting. Waiting in line. Waiting in traffic. Waiting for food. While waiting is a normal part of life, many of us continue to struggle with this. Join us this Sunday as we look at Psalm 40 and investigate the promise and purpose of waiting for the Lord.

"How Christmas Changes Our Story"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"How Christmas Changes Our Story

What difference does Christmas make? We've answered that question from a variety of perspectives in recent weeks. Sunday, we conclude our Advent series by examining the responses of two aged saints when they were introduced to the infant Jesus. Their responses that first Christmas remind us the only gift that will matter 100 years from now is the Gift that was given 2,000 years ago. Join us Sunday for "How Christmas Changes Our Stories"!

"How Christmas Changed Herod's Story"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"How Christmas Changed Herod's Story"

Christmas isn't the 'most wonderful time of the year' for everyone. Many experience, what Sinclair Ferguson calls, "Pre-Christmas Stress Syndrome." PCSS' causes are fairly obvious: financial pressures, burdens placed on us by others expectations, etc. Yet, there's another syndrome related to Christmas: "Post-Christmas Stress Syndrome." One figure in the Christmas narrative experienced it in a major way: King Herod of Jerusalem, the one really dark character in the story. But he wasn't the last to suffer from it. Sunday we consider how Christmas evoked the worst in this man, and many today. Join us!

"How Christmas Changed Joseph's Story"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"How Christmas Changed Joseph's Story"

Let's face it, each Christmas there's a gift that's unexpected or unwanted. No, it probably isn't a gift-wrapped cat from 'Aunt Bethany,' but it's the sort of gift that will either be sent back to the store or re-gifted quietly, so no one will ever know. Because no one wants to have to explain this gift. Who could explain it? Maybe that's what Joseph was thinking when he learned Mary was pregnant before their wedding. Sunday, we consider how that first Christmas changed his story. Join us!

"How Christmas Changed Mary's Story"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"How Christmas Changed Mary's Story"

Christmas expectations versus Christmas realities are often the difference between Norman Rockwell and Clark Griswold. Which begs the question: What's the meaning of it all? What difference does Christmas make - in our heart and life, in our world, in history? Advent starts Sunday, and we're going to begin to answer those questions with an unwed, pregnant, teenage girl named Mary. Join us for "How Christmas Changed Mary's Story"!

"The Sin Nobody Confesses"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"The Sin Nobody Confesses"

Sometimes we hear the phrase "It was an inside job" to describe a crime committed within an organization. That's exactly where the tenth commandment takes us - inside the human heart. The first nine laws deal with actions, while the tenth deals with one's attitude and motive. It gets to the heart, the gateway of violating the rest of the Law. Here is a law that cuts, the one nobody admits. Join us Sunday for "The Sin Nobody Confesses"!

Truth Matters

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Truth Matters"

'He's lying.' 'She's a liar!' 'Fake News!' We hear these types of statements often. Too often. If statistics are to be believed, 91% of the American population tells lies regularly. The majority of us find it a challenge to get through a week without lying. It appears dishonesty is woven into the fabric of our culture. The ninth commandment is a call to truthfulness, a commitment to truth that runs more than skin deep. God delights in it. Join us Sunday for "Truth Matters"!

"Mine, Yours, God's"

Rev. Dr. Lane Stephenson

"Mine, Yours, God's"

The attention (and money) of many have been directed toward the recent lotteries and the astronomical amounts to be won by the person with the right combination of numbers. The sales pitch of "You can't win if you don't play" ignores the reality that millions of people must lose for one person to win. No, the sermon this week is not on the lottery. But as we look at the eighth commandment, we see that God calls us to a life of giving, not stealing, and that He promises eternal blessings beyond measure to all who lay up treasures in heaven by embracing Christ and living for Him.

Purity In Christ

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Purity in Christ"

John Steinbeck, in Travels with Charley, wrote about how countless people in our culture view sin: "It is our practice now, at least in the large cities, to find from our psychiatric priesthood that our sins aren't really sins at all but accidents that are set in motion by forces beyond our control." And that was in 1962. Candy-coating sin remains quite common. Adultery is a term that has virtually disappeared, and many people think they 'haven't violated that one either.' Sunday we examine the 7th commandment. Join us!

The Heart of the Reformation

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"The Heart of the Reformation"

This Sunday many Protestant churches (sadly, not most) will be remembering the importance of the Reformation that shook the world five centuries ago. Which leads us to ask, 'Why bother? What can a cluster of events beginning in Wittenberg, Germany possibly teach us today? Who cares?' One thing the evangelical church needs to grasp more perhaps than ever before is the heart of the Reformation. It was supremely relevant in the 16th and 17th centuries and it remains so today. Join us Sunday for this important message!