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!  

What Jesus Continues to Do

Rev. Bob Cargo

What Jesus Continues to Do

Westminster welcomes Rev. Bob Cargo to the pulpit Sunday. A veteran PCA church planter and pastor, Bob has served as Director of Church Planting at Perimeter Church since 2003. Along with his ministry at Perimeter, Rev. Cargo also equips church planters through the ministry of Global Church Advancement. Sunday he will be bringing us a challenging message from the Book of Acts. Make plans to join us for"What Jesus Continues to Do"!  

What's Your Problem?

Rev. Stacey Cox

What's Your Problem?

We've all thought it: "What's his problem?! What's her problem?! What's your problem?!" A hint: It's not his education. It's not her upbringing. It's not finances. A new president won't fix it. A different policy can't solve it. It's a global crisis that requires a gospel remedy.

Make plans to join us Sunday for "What's Your Problem?"

The Church's Greatest Possession

Rev. Stacey Cox

The Church's Greatest Possession

When you hear the phrase 'your greatest possession,' what comes to your mind? Some immediately go to material possessions such as cars, houses, or money. Others think family or friendship. Still there are those who consider health their greatest possession. How about the Church? What's God's greatest gift to His people, hence, their greatest possession? That's where we are headed in our Romans study Sunday. We will also be celebrating communion. Hope you will join us!

The Mirror of God's Law

Rev. Stacey Cox

The Mirror of God's Law

Most every student has one time thought, "I hope the teacher grades on the curve." The assumption being an upward adjustment of a low test score. There's a temptation to do this with our lives by comparing ourselves to others or to the culture. When we do so, we forget God doesn't grade on a curve. He grades against an absolute standard of perfect holiness. When we look into the mirror of the law, we quickly see our need for gospel! Sunday we continue our study in Romans. Hope you will join us! 

The Heart of the Matter

Rev. Stacey Cox

The Heart of the Matter

Last week we examined Paul's somewhat relentless indictment of man's sinful condition. One might imagine had Paul's letter been read by a group of southern Christians, one might have heard the remark, 'Glad I'm not in that company; bless their heart.' To which Paul would likely have responded, 'You're not O.K. either. No one is O.K.' The heart of the matter is as soon as we admit we aren't okay and turn to the One who knows we aren't but offers a way of salvation, the better off we will be. Our study in Romans continues Sunday. Hope you will join us!

God Gave Them Up

Rev. Stacey Cox

God Gave Them Up

A jeweler typically displays the brilliance of a diamond against a black backdrop like a mat. When juxtaposed against the darkness, the brilliance of the diamond pops and sparkles. In the latter portion of Chapter 1, Paul paints a dark portrait of humanity. Our desperate need of the gift of Christ's righteousness is crushingly established. And it's against this black backdrop that the beauty and brilliance of the gospel diamond shines.  Join us Sunday for "God Gave Them Up."

Without Excuse

Rev. Lane Stephenson

Without Excuse

 

The spoken words "no excuse" often cause us to squirm uncomfortably. By nature, we all like a way out, a reason to condone or to excuse bad behavior or an unwise choice. Yet "no excuse" is the verdict that God pronounces upon all of us in regard to our responsibility to obey Him. In fact, "no excuse" is the beginning of a biblical understanding of our heart's necessity for repentance of our sins and faith in Christ. Thankfully, those who have "no excuse" also have the pronouncement of "no condemnation" upon repentance of sin.

 

Don't have an excuse this Lord's Day for failing to be in worship and to hear from Romans 1:18-23 why we are all "without excuse" before God!