Christ, the Solid Rock

Christ, the Solid Rock

His oath, his covenant, his blood

Support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay.

On Christ the solid rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

Dear HLPC family,

As I was walking to the church this morning- as I often do living only one mile from the church property- the stanza written above from “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” came to mind.  Hymns of our faith are great ways to make theology practical and heart stirring.  As we have noted over and over and over, 2020 is a tumultuous year.  I won’t recount the reasons (pun intended given the uncertain results at this time from the Presidential election).

Edward Mote, the author of this stirring hymn, says there are three foundation stones of his confidence in troubled times:  The oath, the covenant, and the blood of Jesus Christ.   In our recent look into Hebrews, we’ve seen all three referenced. The oath by which Jesus is a priest forever, the unbreakable covenant promises whereby we are bound to God as His people, and Jesus’s own blood by which are sins are forgiven–have surfaced in Hebrews 7 & 8.

Does it feel as if your soul is giving way?  Does it feel as if the world is a roller coaster and you want to get off?  Remember Jesus. Remember His intercession, His unbreakable promises, and the reality of your redemption. All three are found in his oath, his covenant, and his blood.  That’s the only basis for hope- all other reasons for hope are sinking sand and guaranteed to disappoint.

I hope to see you tonight either here at the church or online as we take a look into the “Ordo Saludis” which is Latin for “the order of salvation.”  It is part of our study into soteriology- the doctrine of salvation that we will star tonight.

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).