"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.

"Preach to those Bones"!

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Preach to those Bones!"

"Eat of it and you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:17). We know what happened. They ate and ruined everything. Enter guilt, grime, and the grave. All consequences of our first parents' disobedience. The wreckage is all around us. Pastors walk into these ruins every day, called to bring Good, sometimes hard-to-believe, News into the midst of the bad news. Sunday, we will be ordaining Charlie Phillips to this sacred task. Join us for "Preach to those Bones!"

"Cross-Centered Minister"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"A Cross-Centered Minister"

Children have a one-word sentence that sometimes leads to a parent pulling rank: "Why? . . . Why?" When we dads are running low on energy, the response is often, "I'm your father, that's why." As Paul attempted to turn the Corinthians away from their quarreling and divisions, he appealed to them as their spiritual father. In doing so, he provides not only a picture of his work among them, but also the marks of a cross-centered minister. This Sunday we consider both. Join us!

"Spiritual Leadership"

Rev. Dr. Lane Stephenson

"Spiritual Leadership"

One of the first issues Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians is leadership - not poor leadership but a wrong view of leadership. A worldly view of spiritual leadership was at the root of disunity and other self-inflicted problems in the church. As a result, the topic of leadership has a significant place in Paul's letter. A biblical understanding of leadership is as necessary today as it was for the church in Corinth. Join us this Sunday as we hear 1 Corinthians 3 and are called to think spiritually about spiritual leadership.

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"Knowing God"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Knowing God"

How do we get to know something or someone? The more complex an object, the more challenging it is to get to know it. For example, you might say you 'know' a book, or you 'know' your pet. And there is a level of intimacy in knowing both, but knowing my cat is a more complex knowing, and typically what I mean is I know my cat's temperament and tendencies. I've seen her 'in action.' Still, the cat can catch me by surprise - that's what they often do. Yet, unlike cats, people can keep secrets. It's hard to know what's going on inside. I can get 'to know' a cat in few days; it may take years to get to know a person and still never really know them. How about God? Do you know Him? How do you come to know Him? Join us Sunday for "Knowing God"!

"Foolish Wisdom"

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cox

"Foolish Wisdom"

Once upon a time, when Christians built their places of worship, they built churches that took the shape of what secured salvation for every follower of Jesus: a cross. Each part of the architecture carried meaning. It was one great object lesson that put on display the good news of Jesus Christ crucified and risen for sinners! And it's a message that's foolish . . . the foolish wisdom of God. Sunday, we continue our study in 1 Corinthians. Join us!