"I Want to Know What Love Is"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"I Want to Know What Love Is"

There are times in 1 Corinthians when the reader is tempted to engage in a good ol' fashioned head-scratching. Head coverings, meat sacrificed to idols, folks getting drunk at church - just to name a few issues. Sunday's passage is different. It's often read at weddings and even non-religious weddings. Paul's concern over unity in the church led him to focus on Christian love. What is it? Join us this week!

One Body, Many Parts

Rev. Lane Stephenson

"One Body, Many Parts”

Worship services in the church at Corinth were disorderly and divisive! As part of his effort to bring order out of disorder, Paul uses the simple illustration of the human body to demonstrate that Christ's body - the church - is also one body with many members. His words address two common problems faced in regard to understanding our place in Christ's church: That of underestimating our role and that of overestimating our role. Our sermon series continues this week with 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.

"The Spirit Gives"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"The Spirit Gives"

Recently, I was driving by a home when I noticed a birthday party underway. A group of children were gathered in the front yard around a pinata. The 'beating' was about to begin, and soon the goodies would fall to the ground. Sure enough, a child gave a couple of strong whacks, and the treats flowed out to be enjoyed by all. Our God is a gift-giving God, and we don't have to 'beat Him down' for good gifts. He gives generously and freely. This Sunday, we'll examine spiritual gifts. Join us!

"The Christian Family Meal"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"The Christian Family Meal"

Of all the things Jesus could have given us to 'remember Him,' He gave us a meal. He could have asked His followers to do something impressive like climb a mountain or fast forty days, but he chose the most ordinary act of eating to be present with His people. Sunday, we return to our study in 1 Corinthians with "The Christian Family Meal." Join us!

"Extraordinary Witness"

Rev. Brady

"Extraordinary Witness"

How are we supposed to understand extraordinary events? The Christian Church is founded on the extraordinary; namely, the extraordinary love of God for His people most clearly expressed in the extraordinary work of Jesus. This Sunday we will examine the launch of the Church. In his Pentecost sermon, Peter helps us understand what happened, what it means, and how we ought to respond to the extraordinary moment in which the Holy Spirit descended upon the Church. Join us to learn and grow in the Spirit this Pentecost Sunday!

"Our King, His Kingdom"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Our King, His Kingdom"

"Certain events in our lives mark us more deeply than others--our wedding day, the first time we watched a movie in a theatre, the day we made the team, a career advance, etc. Sometimes we forget the events sandwiched by these "big" moments as if they're unimportant or even unnecessary. We sometimes even elevate just a few events, lessening the value of other life-defining moments. The church is no different. Rightly so, we celebrate Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection, but we sometimes forget or undervalue His ascension. But, as Tim Keller argues, to do so would be to miss out on an "irreplaceable..and important resource" for the Christian life. Why is the ascension so important? What part does it play in the Gospel? Join us this Sunday as we learn about and celebrate the ascension."

"Worship: About Head Coverings"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Worship: About Head Coverings"

You probably thought I was going to skip it didn't you . . . head coverings! Frankly, I was tempted. With one or two competitors, Paul's remarks on women and head coverings in public worship might be the most difficult NT passage to interpret well and preach. His argument is complicated. Faithful Christians land on both sides of the issue. Paul's instructions to the Corinthians are quite challenging and very relevant to our day. So, join us Sunday for "Worship: About Head Coverings"!

"Watch Your Walk"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Watch Your Walk"

When's the last time you evaluated your walk with God? Out of habit and necessity we evaluate our investments, spending habits, and work performance. We often, in fact, spend all of our evaluative energy on such things, and so we lack the discipline of "watching our walk" (as Puritan theologian Richard Baxter put it). Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10 that it's crucial for us to develop the habit of examining our life with Christ. Join us this Sunday as we learn to develop this habit together.

"The Soul-Winner's Heart"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"The Soul-Winner's Heart"

The apostle to the Gentiles was a strange man. He gave up position and power. Self-interest and self-promotion were non-motivators. To that end, many would have called him a 'fool.' Why so much self-sacrifice? He desired to save souls. Did wanderlust move him untiringly from town to town and city to city? No. He desired to save souls. A great intellect, he didn't hesitate to stoop to simplicity. Why? He desired to save souls. 'To save some' was this man's great object in life. Join us Sunday for "The Soul-Winner's Heart."

"Love Builds Up"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Love Builds Up"

Gym rats all have one thing in common: They aim to improve their bodies. Strength, flexibility, and cardio are built for peak performance. Building up, not tearing down, is the goal. The Corinthians were an immature lot who struggled to remember they were one body. The rights and liberties they enjoyed in Christ were given to build one another up in love. This Sunday we'll discover how the rights we are gifted with come with a right use. Join us!

"Going to Work with Jesus"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Going to Work with Jesus"

One thing is clear thus far from our study of 1 Corinthians: The Christian faith touches every area of the believer's life. It has implications for life goals, our understanding of community, authority, marriage, sexuality, and - as we'll see this week - work. The average person will spend about 96,000 hours at work. How are we to connect the reality of what God has done for us in Christ to our work? This Sunday we'll tackle that question and more. Join us!

"Why Easter is Such Good News!"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Why Easter is Such Good News!"

How do we demonstrate that news is 'good'? The news may concern an upcoming event in town, or something that took place, it may concern a product or the arrival of a person. What makes it 'good'? First, it must be true and, additionally, we believe our friends and family and neighbors will be better off if they not only know about it but embrace it. Sunday, we'll be reminded of why Easter is such GOOD NEWS. Bring a friend and join us!

"God's Design for Marriage and Singleness"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"God's Design for Marriage and Singleness"

A few years back, Allison and I visited Berlin, Germany. Although I was born in Germany, our family returned to SC when I was very young; I knew little about the culture. Berlin weather can be a bit dreary, so I packed a raincoat - it was Big Bird Yellow. I stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the Berliners and their dark clothing . . . but I stayed dry. As our culture rapidly moves away from its Christian roots, followers of Jesus are going to stick out like a sore thumb in many ways, particularly in our practice of marriage. Sunday, we'll talk about it. Join us for "God's Design for Marriage and Singleness"!

"Being and Fleeing"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Being and Fleeing"

Our current cultural climate is showered with sexual immorality. Whether you turn on the tv, flip a page in a magazine, or login to your email you are exposed to sexual images and innuendo.

There are no "safe" places-no domains protected from sexual immorality. And categorically, there's no sin quite as devastating to our identity as sexual sin. So how does sexual immorality affect us? What does it do to our mind? How does it affect our sense of identity? And how do we utilize our identity in Christ to flee from temptation? Join us this Sunday as we seek answers to these questions in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

"Not What We Once Were"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Not What We Once Were"

If we're Christians, we're not now what we once were (1 Cor. 6:11). A great change has been wrought in our hearts. Reminds me of two sisters who went to fighting during a family vacation. At his wits' end, the father asked the instigating daughter what she needed to do about her behavior. With tears in her eyes, she responded, "I need to ask Jesus to take over my heart." When Jesus takes over our hearts, things change. We're not what we once were. Sunday, we continue our series in 1 Corinthians. Join us!

The Grace of Tough Love

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"The Grace of Tough Love"

After a brief hiatus, we return to our series in 1 Corinthians this Sunday! If you've been with us in our study, the journey has been relatively peaceful. The first four chapters have been like rafting on smooth water. Chapter 5 is about to change that. We are headed for Class 4 rapids! Paul deals with a scandalous case of sexual immorality in the church by applying the grace of discipline. It's a tough love that is biblical and necessary for building a healthy church. Join us Sunday for 'The Grace of Tough Love'!

"You Don't Need to Go Anywhere Else"

Rev. Randy Nabors

Urban & Mercy Ministries Coordinator, MNA

Sunday we welcome Rev. Randy Nabors to Westminster for the final missions message! Randy serves as Mission to North America's Urban & Mercy Ministries Coordinator. He will share with us how the PCA has encouraged and promoted mercy ministries since its inception in 1973, in light of the Gospel. Rev. Nabors is the co-author of "Merciful: The Opportunity and Challenge of Discipling the Poor Out of Poverty."

"Motives for Missions & Evangelism"

Rev. Alan Foster

"Motives for Missions & Evangelism"

Sunday we welcome Rev. Alan Foster to Westminster for the second missions message! Alan serves as the Director of Church Planter Recruitment for the PCA's Mission to North America. Previously he served many years on staff at Perimeter Church (Atlanta) and for over a decade as a church planter. This Sunday he will challenge us with "Motives for Missions & Evangelism." Join us!

"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.