New Studies Coming in September

New Studies Coming in September

Dear HLPC family,

If you were unable to attend the seminar taught this past Sunday night by Brett Barbee of Strong Tower Fellowship, I urge you to take the time to watch the video you can find HERE.  The title of Brett’s talk was “Grace Abounds” and it dealt with the current issues of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as well as the 1619 project.  It was a very encouraging, insightful, and gospel centered session.  Feel free to share this with others.  It was also a special joy to gather with believers from our sister churches in Houston County of Covenant Presbyterian and Perry Presbyterian.  It made me thankful to share the connections we have as churches in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).  A special thanks to Heather Collins and her team who organized the reception that followed.

The Wednesday after Labor Day, September 8th, we will resume Wednesday night studies at 6:30PM.  I’m preparing a study for men of all ages entitled “Act Like Men: Finding a Biblical Perspective on Masculinity.”  Here is a description: Today the word “masculinity” is most often seen with the word “toxic” before it and it is what many understand masculinity to be.  This suggests men who are domineering, narcissistic, and sexist.  Yet we are told in Scripture to “act like men” (I Corinthians 16:13-14).  What does this mean? What is true manhood? Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about masculinity that frees us from extreme self-centeredness and calls us to something much deeper, God pleasing, and ultimately fulfilling.

In addition to this study a women’s study on the book of Esther will be offered.  Esther is one of the most intriguing women in Scripture and the book of the Bible that bears her name is packed with drama and even some humor.  Both studies will end by 7:30PM to allow time for our choir to practice afterwards.   We hope these studies give us further opportunities for growth and fellowship.

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!).