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!

"Honor Your Father and Your Mother"

Rev. Dr. Lane Stephenson

"Honor Your Father and Your Mother"

Honor. It's a duty and a virtue that is in short supply, isn't it? The Bible commands us to "give honor to whom honor is due," with both Paul and Peter commanding believers to "honor everyone" and applying that duty to various relationships in life. Such honor is rooted in the home and in God's commandment to honor our parents. This Sunday morning we learn of a duty that is foundational and formative to all of our relationships in life as we study the fifth of God's Ten Commandments.

A Day Unlike All Others!

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

A Day Unlike All Others!

The longest commandment of the ten is the fourth: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy . . ." God took more time in giving this law than He did any other: ninety-four words in all! And its truth is real medicine to all takers. Sadly, it's the medicine - the blessing - we love to hate. We rarely relish in it, much less delight in it . . . and to our detriment. We continue our study in the Ten Commandments this Sunday with "A Day Unlike All Others!" Join us!

The Name Above Every Name

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

The Name Above Every Name

Chances are you've heard the following description of a movie: "It was good, but there was too much cussin'." Often our understanding of the third commandment is limited to such a case. The commandment does have something to say about profaning God's name by speech, but it has much broader implications than 'filthy language.' Sunday we'll explore it together with our message, "The Name Above Every Name."

Graven Mistakes

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

Graven Mistakes

Children love to play make believe or pretend. Little boys acting out as their favorite Marvel characters; little girls playing 'mommy' to a baby doll. As God's image bearers, we are gifted with imaginations. But, like all good things, imagination can go bad. It can be used to withdraw from reality into fantasy that is wrong and ruinous. Nowhere is this truer than in imagining and worshiping God. Sunday we continue our study of the Ten Commandments with "Graven Mistakes." Join us!

The Lord Your God

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

The LORD Your God

Too often, the Ten Commandments are mistakenly considered God's "rules" - His outdated list of do's and don'ts that add up to a guilt-ridden, legalistic way of life. Yet, the Bible tells us they come from a loving heavenly Father who speaks to His child in "I-you" terms at every point; to one who has been loved, saved, and kept in Christ. Sunday we begin our new series on the Commandments with "The LORD Your God." Join us!

Surviving Life & Death

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

Surviving Life & Death

I was recently in an outfitter and ran across a "survival kit in a can." Twenty-five survival items stuffed in an air-tight, nuclear proof can; things like a fishhook, a whistle, waterproof matches, a stick of Big Red gum - don't get caught in the wilderness with bad breath. If only life came with a ready-made survival kit! Good news: God has given that to us! Join us Sunday for "Surviving Life & Death"

Friends

Rev. Dr. Lane Stephenson

Friendship

A longing for friendship existed in the heart of Adam before sin entered the world. It is a consequence of our being created in the likeness of a Triune God. The book of Proverbs provides wise instruction on friendship that is rooted in the nature of God, revealed in the heart of God, and fulfilled in Christ. We focus this Sunday on friendship from the perspective of God's wisdom.

Family Wisdom

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

Family Wisdom

Dressing like a first-grader is fairly simple; all you have to do is button your shirt wrong. You know, button your shirt so that the holes and the buttons don't match up. Get that first button wrong, and there's no way to correct it without starting over. Getting the first one right is the key to getting everything else right. Marrying and raising a family is like that shirt; get the first things right, then the other buttons start to line up in a way that works. We're headed there Sunday with "Family Wisdom". Join us!

Sexual Wisdom for Life and Marriage

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

Sexual Wisdom for Life and Marriage

'Let's talk about sex.' Our culture sends that message non-stop. We hear it in song, see it in the examples of others, view it on TV. It's a challenge to go a day without receiving some lie about sex and sexuality. It's critical that we also hear the truth of what God has to say; after all, He created sex. His instruction to us on the matter is motivated by love. We need our Lord's wisdom. It's where we are headed Sunday. Join us!

Skillful Living

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

Skillful Living

 

At times we'll be given a piece of advice that starts like this: "Here's a rule to live by." It may or may not be helpful, but deep down we know that life can be too complex for a simple rule. Skillful living requires wisdom to fill in the blanks moment by moment. Enter the Book of Proverbs where God provides His people with such wisdom - His wisdom. Sunday we begin a 6-week series in Proverbs with a message on skillful living. Join us!

Casting Nets, Sinking Boats & Catching Men

Rev. Larry Piedt

Casting Nets, Sinking Boats, & Catching Men

Rev. Larry Piedt and wife Nancy are new to Gainesville, where they recently joined Westminster Church. Larry is an honorably retired member of the Georgia Foothills Presbytery, having previously served under the ministry of D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge PCA in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Larry and Nancy have been married for 43 years and have three grown married sons and four beautiful grandchildren.

Who is Your Shepherd?

Rev. Lee Lovett

Who is Your Shepherd?

Lee has served for many years as pastor in the PCA, which includes 10 at Westminster PCA in Gainesville. He and his wife, Julie, now make their home in Athens, GA while working part-time and being involved in a local church. They have three children - Kristin, Adam, and Stephen.

Day Like No Other

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

A Day Like No Other

Sunday we come to our final parable of the series. If at the beginning of his ministry Jesus trained and equipped His disciples to enter into a harvest where souls would be brought into His kingdom, he concludes his teaching ministry by describing the day when the work would be complete: judgment day. 'When the Son of Man comes,' he said. Jesus made a big deal about it, as does the New Testament, and for good reason: it will truly be a day like no other! Sunday we examine this heart-searching passage. Join us!

All Roads Lead to Him

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

All Roads Lead to Him

A quick look at our nation's highway system and one will notice that all roads make their way to our capitol, Washington, D.C. Similarly, every text of Scripture contains a road that will take you to Christ. In Him we find hope, meaning, and salvation! He is the Good News of the old and new testaments. Jesus himself spoke to this in a story about a householder. Sunday we'll explore this little noticed parable. Join us!

Who Goes to Heaven?

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

Who Goes to Heaven?

We often think of life-and-death issues as those concerning abortion, euthanasia, or the death penalty. Each of those are certainly categorized as a life-and-death issue, as is the question, "Who goes to heaven?" It's not unusual to hear someone say, 'Last night 18 teenagers were saved at our retreat!' Were they? Or is that an act of "counting unhatched chickens" (Spurgeon)? What did Jesus have to say about the matter? That's where we are headed this Sunday with "Who Goes to Heaven?" Join us!

Using God's Gifts

Dr. Sukhwant S. Bhatia

Using God's Gifts

God gives his people good gifts and gospel opportunities to employ them. Each are gifted with at least one talent, and likely more, to impact our places of influence for our Father's glory. Everyone gets something, and will be held accountable for what they did with what was given. Jesus teaches this in his parable of the talents. Join us Sunday for "Using God's Gifts".