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Dr. David Strain was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He holds degrees from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, Trinity College Glasgow/School of Divinity, the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in the Free Church of Scotland in September 2003, and has held pastoral charges in London, England, and Columbus, MS. Since May 2013, David has served on the pastoral staff of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson and was installed as Senior Minister in May 2014. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson) in 2016.

Side By Side: Gospel Partnership in Philippians

Now, would you please take your copies of Holy Scripture in your hands and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Philippians chapter 1. Philippians chapter 1. We’ve been working our way through the book of Philippians. We’ve come to the second half of verse 18 and we’ll read from there to the end of the chapter, though we’ll be focusing on verses 18 to 26 in...

Life Toward God

This episode is the recording of a Question and Answer event with our Senior Minister, David Strain. Members from the church submitted questions concerning theology, culture, and the church. Some of the subjects that came up included homosexuality, assurance, and sanctification. 

Some Advice on Evangelism

This is part one of a two-part Pastor's Perspective. Look for part two in next week's First Epistle.

All Christians ought to share the gospel with those around them, if for no other reason than that we are called to love our neighbors, and what kind of love is it that helps with lesser, temporal needs while assiduously ignoring the greatest...

Zechariah Part 2: The Coming King

Amen. Please be seated. Now if you would, take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the prophecy of Zechariah chapter 10. We will read the second half of the chapter from verse six through verse twelve. You’ll find that on page 798. Before we read, let’s bow our heads and pray.

Lord, like the disciples responding to...

Side By Side: Gospel Partnership in Philippians

Now let me invite you please your copies of God’s Word and turn with me to Paul’s letter to the Philippians, chapter one—Philippians one.  Our attention will be on the words of verses 12-18, but we’ll read from verse 12 to the end of the chapter just to give us some context, and see the flow of the argument as Paul develops it in these opening sections of...

Dear Friends,

As I’ve studied the epistle to the Philippians I was once again struck by the attitude of the apostle Paul when, in the wake of his incarceration, the churches found new boldness to preach the gospel. “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry” he wrote, “but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here...

Side By Side: Gospel Partnership in Philippians

Now let me invite you to take your copies of God’s Word in your hands, and turn with me to the letter to the letter of the Philippians, please, chapter one. If you’re using one of the church Bible’s, you’ll find that on page nine hundred and eighty.  Our attention will be on the words of verses 9-11.  We’re going to read some of the context.  We’ll read...

Zechariah Part 2: The Coming King

You may be seated. Now if you would please take your copies of God’s holy Word in your hands. Let’s turn to the prophecy of Zechariah chapter 10. You’ll find that on 797 in the church bibles. Zechariah chapter 10. Before we read God’s Word, let’s turn to him ask and ask him for the help of his Spirit. Let us pray.

Our Father,...

Life Toward God

On this installment of Life Twoard God, the  Rev. Dr. Jon D. Payne discusses plant a church committed to the ordinary means of grace. Jon is the organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian. Until recently, Rev. Payne served for ten years as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, Georgia, near Atlanta (2003-2013).

Side By Side: Gospel Partnership in Philippians

Now let me invite you to take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to the book of Philippians, chapter one: Philippians chapter one.  If you’re using one of the church bibles you’ll find that on page nine hundred and eighty. Before we read God’s Word together, let’s pray.

Lord Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd of the sheep,...

This is part two of a two-part Pastor’s Perspective on how to benefit from preaching. Part one ran in the May 7 issue of The First Epistle.   2.   Commit! We live in a day of constant busyness and activity. The kids have sporting events and extracurricular activities that demand our time, often over weekends. Work requires us to be away sometimes. And on top of that...

Zechariah Part 2: The Coming King

Now would you take your copies of the Scriptures in your hands and turn with me to the prophecy of Zechariah, chapter 9; Zechariah chapter 9.  You can find that on page 796 in the church Bibles.  Before we read it together, let’s turn together towards the Lord and ask Him for His help as we pray.  Let’s pray.

Lord, we live in a...

Side By Side: Gospel Partnership in Philippians

Now let me invite you to take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me please to Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Philippians chapter 1.  If you are using one of the church Bibles you’ll find that on page 980 - Philippians 1, page 980.  Before we read let’s turn to the Lord together in prayer and ask for His help.  Let us pray.

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This is part one of a two-part Pastor’s Perspective.  Look for part two in next week’s First Epistle.   Having taken time to address the priority of prayer in the life of the church in general, and the importance of the prayer meeting in particular, last time, I thought it might be useful to think about the centrality of preaching this time.  My interest here is...

Training for Kingdom Living

Please take your copies of God’s Word in your hands and turn with me to Matthew’s gospel, chapter 13.  Matthew’s gospel chapter 13 - page 819 in the church Bibles.  We are going to be turning our attention to the words of verses 47 through 50.  Before we do that, let me invite you to join with me as we go to God in prayer.  Let’s pray together.

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