Beautiful Feet

Rev. Stacey Cox

Beautiful Feet

'Feet selfies' find their way to social media from time to time. Often they involve sand sun, and water. Although pedicured and golden, uneven toes - even on a sunny beach - are usually in need of a good pair of shoes. But, Scripture does describe feet that heaven declares are always "beautiful". They aren't the ones that make it to social media, but those that deliver the message of the gospel! Join us Sunday for "Beautiful Feet"!

God's Sovereign Choice - Part 2

Rev. Stacey Cox

God's Sovereign Choice - Part 2

Everyday instances of grace and mercy are common: one needy school receives a generous gift from a wealthy donor, ten others don't; one speeding motorist is issued a citation, another is given a warning; the restaurant manager surprises a customer with a free dessert and not every customer. Yet, we are ready to quarrel with sovereign grace, if it doesn't align to our personal sense of fairness. Paul anticipates such reactions and objections to the sovereignty of God in election and answers each in his Romans 9 instruction. Sunday we return to this incredibly relevant doctrine. Join us for "God's Sovereign Choice - Part 2!"

God's Sovereign Choice

Rev. Stacey Cox

God's Sovereign Choice

Here's a thought to consider: God has never been surprised - not one time. He's sovereign over all of His creation. Zero in on the middle portion of the term. See the word within the word? Sove-reign-ty. God reigns over everything that happens: Dolphins giving birth, waves crashing onto shores. And, yes, salvation. We tend to have a natural hostility towards the sovereignty of grace, but removing it from scripture requires busy scissors and results in a hole-y Bible. So join us Sunday for "God's Sovereign Choice"!  

Christ-Like Love: Persuasive and Victorious

Rev. Kurt Frank

Christ-Like Love: Persuasive and Victorious

When ancient Rome, its culture, politics, family life, and sport were sinking to the lowest moral denominator, the Apostle Paul had the audacity to proclaim everywhere this truth: "I am persuaded that the love of Jesus Christ, God's son, turns persecuted Christians into Christ-like victors over evil opposition." With America's moral decline can today's Christian minority become persuasive and victorious? Yes! Come and learn how from retired Pastor, Dr. Kurt Frank, our guest preacher.

Comfort Gospel

Rev. Lane Stephenson

Gospel Comfort

Believers live in a continual tension while in this world. On the one hand, we have great ignorance and weakness. "We do not know what to pray for as we ought," Paul writes in Romans 8:26. On the other hand, we have assurance that we may possess with an unshakable confidence. Only two verses after verse 26, Paul begins a great affirmation with the words "We know." We who know Christ have gospel comfort that rests upon God's unchanging and certain purpose. Join us this Sunday for "Gospel Comfort".

Groaning for Glory

Rev. Stacey Cox

Groaning for Glory

J. Vernon McGee once made the following observation: "Nature sings in minor key. The wind blowing through the pine trees on a mountainside and the breaking of the surf on some lonely shore - both emit the same sob. The music of trees has been recorded, and it is doleful. The startled cry of some frightened animal or bird pierces the night air and chills the blood. Surely nature bears audible testimony to the accuracy of Scripture." Creation longs. Paul described it as 'groaning.' It's not only around us, it's within us. What's going on here? Hope you will join us for "Groaning for Glory" Sunday!

All I Have is Christ!

Rev. Stacey Cox

Abba! Father!

We vandalized His creation, disobeyed His loving directives, and created chaos where there was only peace.  It would have been one thing to love us when we were loving, obedient, and willing.  But when we rebelled?  What a test of love!  It's a love that predates time.  The love of a great Father that was driven not by our actions but by His promises, promises that assured a day would come when renegades and rebels would joyfully cry out, 'Daddy!'  Sunday we continue our study in Romans with "Abba! Father!"  Hope you will join us.

 

 

Now No Condemnation

Rev. Stacey Cox

Now No Condemnation

Treadmills are unforgiving taskmasters. There's only one reason I'm for a treadmill: I enjoy eating. That's it. Period. Now pass the pizza. Thus far in Romans 1-7, we've basked in the wonderful truths of the gospel: Justification by faith, union with Christ, and salvation through Christ alone. Sunday we transition into the second half of the book. Paul will pick up the pace in examining how faith in Christ leads to real life change. If we've been saved by grace, we are able to live by grace, and put the performance treadmill away. Make plans to join us this week for "Now No Condemnation".

Never Ceasing Struggle. Never Ending Dependency.

Aaron Mann

Never Ceasing Struggle. Never Ending Dependency.

Romans 7:13-25

Throughout church history, Romans 7 has been one of the most controversial and misinterpreted chapters in all of the Bible. Many questions surround this chapter regarding the nature of God's Law and the Christian's lasting relationship with sin. Despite all of the questions, two things rise to the top. The Christian will never cease to struggle with sin this side of heaven and the Christian will never stop depending on the grace of God in temptation. Join us this Sunday morning as we continue in our series Not Ashamed: A Series in Romans.

Proclaiming The Mighty Acts of God

Rev. Lane Stephenson

Proclaiming the Mighty Acts of God

Acts 2:1-13

Revelation 5:9 states that Christ, by His blood, has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. We are also told in Revelation 7:9 that heaven will be filled with an innumerable multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language. The Spirit of God has been given to the Church that the gospel of Christ may be proclaimed to every tribe, language, people and nation. According to the website ethnologue.com, there are 7,099 known living languages in the world. By the gift of His Holy Spirit, God has endowed and equipped His Church for this great mission of proclaiming the gospel!

Our Ascended Priest

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

Our Ascended Priest

When we think of the gospel, we often go to Bethlehem and the empty tomb. The ascension of Christ forty days following his resurrection is hardly thought of as good news - but it is! Without the ascension, there could be no salvation and no mission. As we grow in our understanding of the ascension, we will discover it brings us great comfort. Jesus is our ascended priest in heaven. He's there for us and on our behalf, securing our salvation by His presence. Make plans to join us Sunday for "Our Ascended Priest"!

We Belong to Jesus

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

We Belong to Jesus

If someone asked, "What does it mean to live the Christian life?" how would you respond? I'm reminded of the memorable scene between "Mitch" and "Curly" in the movie City Slickers. What's the "one thing," as Curly would say, that should shape our whole existence as believers? This one thing makes all the difference in life and death. Join us Sunday for "We Belong to Jesus."

Dying to Live

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

Dying to Live

Spring is upon us - a time for cleaning, sneezing, and sowing. Out with the old, in with new. We often toss items that find their way to a landfill where they are buried and forgotten. But bury a seed in the spring and something amazing happens; the seed transforms into something it was not - a plant or tree which produces fruit. Now it isn't just getting life; it's giving life - but it had to die first. Jesus said transformation comes through mortification. Paul unpacks this for us in Romans 6. Join us Sunday for "Dying to Live."

Who is Your Line Leader?

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

Who's Your Line Leader?

There are many memories that come to mind when I think of grade school: Mrs. Marshall, safety patrol, peaches, and lines.  Sometime I might share a bit about the first three; but lines should be familiar to anyone who has ever done time in grade school.  Lines to recess, lines to lunch, lines to the library, etc.  And, usually, there was a plea to be 'the line leader.' (Line leaders were the cool kids.)  An argument can be made life is all about two lines: Adam's and Christ's.  Every person is in one or the other, which makes all the difference.  Hope you will join us Sunday for "Who's Your Line Leader?"  

The You God Wants

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

The You God Wants

What's one of the most misquoted "verses" in the Bible? It's this one: 'God will never give you more than you can handle.' Not only is that "verse" not in the Bible, it's totally wrong. Ask Moses about it. Jonah would be glad to share his experience with - after he wipes the whale vomit off. What we know is that God will never place us in situations He can't handle. God is good, and is up to something good inside us regardless of what's happening outside us. Join us Sunday for "The You God Wants"!   

Resurrection Responses!

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

Resurrection Responses!

The resurrection of Jesus Christ demands a response. There's no getting around it. Fact is, it has always evoked a response. The Gospels reveal the resurrection of Jesus as a shocking intrusion that no one expected, least of all Jesus' frightened followers. They reacted as any of us would react today, if a recently departed loved one rang the doorbell of our home, greeting us with a smile and a hug: with fear and great joy. Many would doubt such a story. Mockers would emerge. Skeptics would demand proof. But such an encounter would be an epic game changer. 'Martha,' Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life . . . Do you believe this?' So, do you? Join us Easter Sunday for "Resurrection Responses!" 

Good Friday

You are invited to join us on April 14 at 7 PM for Westminster's Good Friday Service. During our time together we will consider the invitation of the cross and what Christ secured for us at Golgotha. What's the best way to prepare for unbounded praise on Easter? To enter fully into the pathos of Good Friday.
*Childcare available

The Gospel According to Abraham

Rev. Lane Stephenson

The Gospel According to Abraham

"Justification is an act of God's free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone."   (The Westminster Shorter Catechism)

The above words, found in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, summarize the truth that Paul defends in Romans 4 as he refers to the Old Testament patriarch Abraham as one who was justified by faith. If we fail to grasp Paul's teaching in this chapter, we do not know the gospel. If we do not know the gospel, we are yet in our sin and under God's righteous judgment. On this Palm Sunday, Paul's words regarding justification remind us that Christ, in his death, took our sin upon himself so that we, by faith, might have his righteousness. There is no greater news for sinners!

The Glorious "BUT"!

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

The Glorious "BUT"!

What is your favorite New Testament word?  Is it "grace"?  How about "forgiven"?  Both are fantastic words, full of hope and peace.  After grappling with the bad news of man's condition before a holy and just God since Romans 1:18, I think I have a new favorite New Testament word - but. Those three letters, b-u-t, make all the difference in the world!  The difference between heaven and hell.  This Sunday we continue our Romans series with "The Glorious 'BUT'!" Make plans to join us! 

Prayer - Does It Really Change Anything?

Tom Wright

Prayer - Does it Really Change Anything?

Sunday we conclude our missions emphasis month with a message from Rev. Tom Wright. Tom and his wife Lucy served many years in West Africa before returning to the states. Today, Tom is part of Global Theological Training which trains French speakers in Haiti and Africa. He and Lucy make their home in Columbia, SC. Join us Sunday, as Tom brings us a message of hope on the power of prayer!