"When God Speaks"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"When God Speaks"

Recently while in Ecuador, I watched as man painted a mountain scene - with his hands, a brush, and paint. In the early '90s, Allison and I lived by a potter; a sweet man named Jacob. Often, I would go over to his place and watch him create pottery - with his hands, a potter's wheel, and clay. God has gifted human beings to create with matter and material. We can't bring things into existence by talking. But God can. His voice is mighty and when He speaks things happen! Sunday, we continue in our fall series, going further into Genesis 1. Join us!

"BC: Before Creation"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"BC: Before Christ"

This Sunday we begin our fall series, "The Story of Us: Genesis 1-3." Genesis means "beginning" and it sets the stage for the rest of the Bible by telling us how it all happened. Yet, despite its position as the first book in the Bible, the book of Genesis isn't the beginning of everything. Genesis 1:1 reminds us, "In the beginning, God." God existed before creation. His existence is the foundation of all things. What was happening before He spoke the universe into existence? What was He undertaking "BC: Before Creation"? That's our starting place this week. Join us!

"Our Most Powerful Weapon"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Our Most Powerful Weapon"

What's the most powerful weapon you own? Some might answer "a baseball bat". Others might say my "sharp tongue". Many a southerner might say my "AR15". As Christians we have the most powerful weapon, the Word of God, which we are called to wield in our fight for joy in Christ. This Sunday we'll be exploring the dynamic and discerning nature of God's Word and how we might use it to live unto Christ.

"One Gospel | People | Mission"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"One Gospel | People | Mission"

After eight months, we've made it. Our time in 1 Corinthians is concluding, at least for the foreseeable future. One would think Paul could 'land the plane' without kicking up too much dust. But that hasn't been his approach thus far. His final remarks are seemingly a series of 'P.S.s' Yet even Paul's 'P.S.s' are full of edification and instruction. With his parting words, the apostle reminds his schismatic friends at Corinth there is one gospel of God, one people, and one mission. And it's a wonderful reminder for us!

"The Grace of Giving"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"The Grace of Giving"

Paul has taken us to the summit of a theological Mt. Everest with his fantastic description of the coming resurrection in I Corinthians 15. But Paul doesn't live up in the clouds and neither do we. No, there are practical, everyday realities from what we've learned. One is in the area of giving. Gracious giving for the cause of the gospel is never futile. Considering all that Christ has given us, we are to emulate our Lord in this area. It's the only loving and logical response - and it comes with eternal dividends. Join us Sunday for "The Grace of Giving"!

"A Peek into Your Forever"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"A Peek into Your Forever"

Craftsmen take pride in their work. Often times we see this in their taglines: "Built Ford Tough," "Nothing Runs Like A Deere," or "Swiss Made." Toughness, dependability, and precision are under the hood or on the wrist. Paul beautifully makes his case for the resurrection of the dead in the first part of 1 Corinthians 15. He follows with a peek at the believer's 'forever body' that will be Holy Spirit Engineered. They will be bodies far more amazing and glorious than the one we sport now! Join us!

"Resurrection Day Someday"

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

"Resurrection Day Someday"

When I was a child, one of the games I'd play with friends involved building structures with wooden colored blocks. After constructing our 'skyscraper,' we'd try sliding one block out without the whole thing falling. It always came crashing down. The resurrection works that way. Remove it from the Gospel, and the Good News comes unraveled. But Jesus rose from the dead. It's a glorious fact! And, there are precious consequences for the child of God in our Lord's resurrection. Join us Sunday for "Resurrection Day Someday"!

"Living the Resurrection"

Rev. Charlie Phillips

"Living the Resurrection"

How often do you think about the Resurrection? No doubt we all think about it in the Springtime. But what about during everyday life? As was with the Corinthian church, the cross sometimes takes center stage while the Resurrection is relegated to an afterthought. But according to Paul, the Resurrection must be at the center, alongside the cross. Join us this Sunday as we talk about the meaning and implication of the Resurrection in our daily lives.

Orderly Worship

Rev. Lane Stephenson

"Orderly Worship"

"What then?" Paul asks, as he concludes a lengthy section on public worship by giving very practical instructions that will bring order into the disorder that existed in the church at Corinth. In 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 we see three key truths that are to shape and regulate our corporate worship of God. We will also note the two themes of edification and of self-control that run throughout Paul's words to a church whose worship did not edify those who worshiped or honor the God who was worshiped.

"Christian Worship: Up and Out"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Christian Worship: Up & Out"

The way we worship matters. It's a big deal. Worship in its most basic sense is a meeting between God and His gathered people. Paul makes it clear in the passage this week when Christians are assembled by God to worship, they should worship in such a way that non-Christians in their midst leave saying, "God is really among you." What a profound statement. Join us Sunday for "Christian Worship: Up & Out"!

"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!