Building on the Rock

SHPC Stewardship 2017

“Everyone who hears these words and does them will be like the wise man who built his house upon the rock.” ~ Matthew 7:24

October 29
Combined Worship
Service @ 11am
followed by lunch in
the Davis Family Hall

On Sunday, October 29, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the 129th anniversary of SHPC, and Stewardship Sunday! We had one Worship Service only – at 11am in the Sanctuary. Then we moved to the Davis Family Hall for a churchwide luncheon!

Special Guest Speaker Dr. Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School preached.

His sermon title was "Where Are the Nail Prints? - The True Glory of the Reformation -

Soli Deo Gloria" and his scriptures were Isaiah 40:1-11; John 1:1-5, 14-18.

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In observance of 500-year anniversary of the Reformation,

we are dedicating October to preaching The Five Solas.

Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”)

Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)

Sola Fide (“faith alone”)

Sola Gratia (“grace alone”)

Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”)

Dear South Highlanders,
Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany, thus setting off the Protestant Reformation. Three hundred and seventeen years after that – to the day, South Highland Presbyterian church was founded by 8 ladies and the Reverend Paul C. Morton. One hundred and twenty-nine years later, we gather as a congregation to celebrate those that have gone before us and laid the solid foundation that this church is built upon. As Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:24 “Everyone who hears these words and does them will be like the wise man who built his house upon the rock.”

This fall as we enter into the faithful practice of our stewardship season, let us remember the shared history in Christ that our church forebearers have with us. Truly they have built this Church on the rock. Let us honor the faith of Martin Luther, of our church founders, of the thousands and thousands of fellow believers that have sat in these same pews as us with our thanksgiving and gratitude. Let us continue to shore up South Highland’s foundation so that in the centuries to come thousands and thousands of people can sit in these pews and feel Christ’s love, just as we do today. Let us continue Building on the Rock.

With gratitude and faith,
Ed Hurley and Braxton Goodrich