WELCOME TO WAYSIDE CHURCH!

At Wayside Presbyterian Church, we believe that God saves and grows His people through the simple and historic means of grace: His Word, prayer, the sacraments, worship, service, and gospel community. By His grace, God is renewing individuals, families, cities, and cultures through the powerful gospel of Jesus Christ. We invite you to come to join us in this mission. We are an intergenerational community with a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. I'd love to meet you and hope to see you soon!


                                      —Brian Cosby, Senior Pastor

 { COME AS YOU ARE }

We are a community of people who are in process. We have imperfect messy lives, but we are pursuing and experiencing a transforming relationship with Jesus and with each other. Everybody is welcome here whatever your story, your questions, doubts, or struggles. 


We want to invite you to join us for Lord's Day worship—to engage with God's people in Word-centered, Christ-exalting, and soul-enriching praise to our God.


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Sundays at Wayside



Morning Worship  9:00am & 10:45am

Meets in the main sanctuary. Overflow spaces are available in the upstairs overflow room (with audio/video feed) and in the Fellowship Hall downstairs.


Infant Nursery  Available @ the 9:00am, 10:45am, and 6:00pm worship services. Next to the sanctuary for infants through 3 years. We also have a mother's nursing room and a family room with audio of the service.


Evening Worship  6:00pm

We enjoy closing the Lord's Day together in a time of singing and hearing the preaching of God's Word.



Text for this week's sermon

Week:  6/23/2024   |   Daniel 7


1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. 2 Daniel declared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. 4 The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it. 5 And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’ 6 After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.


9 “As I looked,

thrones were placed,

    and the Ancient of Days took his seat;

his clothing was white as snow,

    and the hair of his head like pure wool;

his throne was fiery flames;

    its wheels were burning fire.

10 A stream of fire issued

    and came out from before him;

a thousand thousands served him,

    and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;

the court sat in judgment,

    and the books were opened.


11 “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.


13 “I saw in the night visions,

and behold, with the clouds of heaven

    there came one like a son of man,

and he came to the Ancient of Days

    and was presented before him.

14 And to him was given dominion

    and glory and a kingdom,

that all peoples, nations, and languages

    should serve him;

his dominion is an everlasting dominion,

    which shall not pass away,

and his kingdom one

    that shall not be destroyed.


15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me. 16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things. 17 ‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’


19 “Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, 20 and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. 21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.


23 “Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast,

there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth,

    which shall be different from all the kingdoms,

and it shall devour the whole earth,

    and trample it down, and break it to pieces.

24 As for the ten horns,

out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise,

    and another shall arise after them;

he shall be different from the former ones,

    and shall put down three kings.

25 He shall speak words against the Most High,

    and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,

    and shall think to change the times and the law;

and they shall be given into his hand

    for a time, times, and half a time.

26 But the court shall sit in judgment,

    and his dominion shall be taken away,

    to be consumed and destroyed to the end.

27 And the kingdom and the dominion

    and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven

    shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High;

his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,

    and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’


28 “Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.”

What We Believe

We are a "confessional" church, which means that we enjoy a rich heritage of Reformed theology, ministry, and worship—stemming from the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries. In particular, we affirm the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms of the 1640s. Below is a summary of what we believe:


The Bible:  We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.  


God: We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In himself, he is perfectly holy and powerful, altogether just and wise, and utterly good and loving.  


Humanity:  We believe that all people are created in the image of God with dignity as they were made to reflect God’s character in all of life. Yet, we believe that all people are born as sinners, totally depraved and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by his mercy.


Salvation: We believe that salvation is by God alone as he sovereignly chooses those he will save. We believe his choice is based on his grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith. We believe that salvation is through Christ alone by grace alone through faith alone.


Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through his perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in him, alone, for salvation. We believe that Jesus, our Redeemer, was raised again for our justification, and ascended into the heavens, where he sits at the right hand of the Father Almighty, continually making intercession for his people, and governing the whole world as head over all things for his church. We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind, to receive his people to himself, and to renew all things.  


Holy Spirit:  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow him. We believe that the Holy Spirit refreshes, remakes, restores, reforms, and revives. We are never alone because he is in us and with us.  


Church and Kingdom: We believe that as the living God renews all things, he has been gathering a people, called the church, from every nation, race, class, and culture. He instructs us as his people to become actively invested in the world’s people and problems in productive ways by bringing his truth and values to bear on all of life. Jesus has power and authority to right what is wrong with the world and he chooses the church as his primary instrument for making disciples of all nations. Thus, the church's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through the means of grace that God has provided; ordinarily, God's Word, the sacraments, and prayer.


(With thanks to Lookout Mountain PCA for parts of this summary)