Sunday Notes from Jan. 25

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCOur Christ and Culture class continued this week for adults during the Christian-Ed. hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Here are the questions and discussion points from Sunday, January 25. Join us this Sunday at 9:15 am for coffee and fellowship, as we continue our discussion.

Rahab's Rope | Fighting Human Trafficking in IndiaDuring our 10:30 am worship service, we heard one of our community groups share how they helped raise funds for a ministry dedicated to fighting human trafficking in India. Read the information from Sunday’s bulletin insert. For more information about Rahab’s Rope, visit their website.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCOur senior pastor continued in our Deuteronomy series. We examined Deuteronomy 12:1-7 this week, moving into God’s law that Moses presents in chapters 12-26. God’s law awed God’s people because it’s awesome and a blessing. As we’ve seen in previous weeks, a choice confronts each of us: to obey or disobey. If we don’t establish the importance of obeying all of God’s laws, then we’ll embrace laws we like and disengage with laws we don’t like.

The foundation of God’s law is important, so we spent some time laying the foundation for the next 15 chapters of God’s law. The Westminster Confession of Faith describes God’s people at this point in their history as “the church under age.” God will use this law to show this church under age their need for Jesus, through giving judicial law, ceremonial law, and moral law. God’s law ordered life–it did not give life. The blessing of life comes through faith–not through the law.

With a strong foundation of the purpose of God’s law, we looked at the extreme part of God’s law–and hardest part of the law to do–that Moses tells God’s people first.

Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains,on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. Deuteronomy 12:2-3

God is powerfully direct: Destroy idols. God tells us, “Life is here in me and with me; death is everywhere else.” Listen to the whole sermon here.

Pictures from Latest Women’s Event

Women's Event: Breakfast at Tiffany'sOur latest women’s event at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, brought nearly 40 women out on a wet Saturday morning. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, our first women’s fellowship event of 2015, was a huge success! The ladies of the North Area (Friday) Community Group hosted this themed event with a super-fun photo area complete with props and pearls.

Hostesses of women's event, Breakfast at Tiffany'sCindy took wonderful pictures, so check out so many more on her blog.

Women's Event at Redeemer, Breakfast at Tiffany'sBe sure to mark your calendars for the next women’s events: Friday, February 20 for a wedding shower of blessings and Saturday, March 14 for a double baby shower of blessings. Our showers of blessings at Redeemer have plenty of fellowship and food, plus we have the privilege of praying specifically for new brides and new moms. Here’s some pictures from past showers of blessings.

All details for our next women’s events will be posted in our weekly email newsletter, so be sure you’re subscribed.

For this Sunday, Jan. 25

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCJoin us Sunday, January 25 at 9:15 am for our continuing Christian-Ed. series for adults, titled Christ and Culture. Our preschool and elementary children will resume their Catechism learning, so bring your little ones to the Children’s Room at 9:15 am.

Then join us at 10:30 am, as we worship our Great God together. We’re continuing our Deuteronomy series, and our senior pastor will preach from Deuteronomy 12:1-14.

Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday that’s easily viewed on any tablet; we do offer paper bulletins (including a LARGE PRINT edition) on Sunday morning as well. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship this weekend. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of how to get involved in current ministry opportunities, and other details about our worship service and church life. Or read the current edition of our weekly email newsletter below:

1/22/15 – Redeemer’s Email Blast

If you’re new or visiting, welcome to Charleston and Redeemer! We hope you’ll join us, and be sure to check out our details for Sunday worship including important information about parking.

Next Inquirers’ Class, Sat., Feb. 21

Looking for a church? Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCAre you considering Redeemer as your church home? Have questions about our history, our beliefs, our mission and ministry for downtown Charleston–our inquirers’ class is the place for you. Join us Saturday, February 21 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church for our inquirers’ class, which is our first step toward church membership. Read more here about the class, including what recent attendees have to say. Please RSVP here for the class.

Christ & Culture Class, Week 2

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCAt Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our adult Christian-Education class continued its new study this past Sunday, January 18, titled Christ and Culture. We continued looking at the preeminence of Christ in all things, and our teacher encouraged us to meditate this week on Colossians 1:15-20 because of the awesome claims it makes about Christ:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

If you missed last week or just want to refresh yourself on what we discussed, here are the questions we examined during the class this past Sunday. And here’s the information from Week 1.

Join us this upcoming Sunday, January 25 at 9:15 am as we continue our look at Christ and Culture! And you can help shape our cultural discussions by completing this form to offer feedback.

Redeemer Kids Recap | Sun., Jan. 18

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, preschool, elementaryDuring our Christian-Education hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our little ones continued in their Catechism lessons this past Sunday, January 18. Parents can use the following information to help reinforce Sunday’s teaching and encourage memorization of the Catechism questions and answers.

Elementary Class
The 1st-4th graders discussed the truth that we can’t change our hearts–only the Lord can. One of the Bible stories used to explain this truth was the story of Saul’s conversion. The Lord spoke to Saul even when he wasn’t looking for the Lord. His heart had been hard, but God changed it. And when He did, Saul’s life changed (and his name, too). Paul then had a heart for the Lord and wanted others to know about God, too.

This past Sunday the kids focused on Ephesians 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved.” And they learned LOTS of Catechism questions!

41.  What is this change of heart called?  The new birth, or regeneration.
42.  Who can change a sinner’s heart?  The Holy Spirit alone.
43.  Can anyone be saved through the covenant of life?  No. No one can be saved through the covenant of life.
44.  Why can’t anyone be saved through the covenant of life?  Because all have broken it and are condemned by it.
45.  How did you break the covenant of life?  Adam represented all people, and so I fell with Adam in his first sin.
46.  How, then, can you be saved?  By the Lord Jesus Christ through the covenant of grace.
47.  Whom did Christ represent in the covenant of grace?  His elect people.
48.  How did Christ fulfill the covenant of grace?  Christ obeyed the whole law for his people, and then suffered the punishment due for their sins.

Preschool Class
Last week the preschoolers learned
that they can learn to love and obey God from the Bible alone. So, it was natural this week that they discussed who wrote the Bible. They learned that the Bible was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, focusing on II Tim 3:16a “All Scripture is God-breathed.” They also learned this truth: Because we know that God is trustworthy and cannot tell a lie, we can trust that His word is true. Catechism question for the preschool class this week:

15.  Who wrote the Bible?  Chosen men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Sermon Notes from Sun., Jan. 18

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCAt Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued our sermon series in Deuteronomy this past Sunday, January 18, rejoining Moses and God’s people as they’re camped on the plains of Moab about to enter the Promised Land. Last week we examined how God used repetition, imagery, and pattern with his people to remind them to obey his Word.

This week in Deuteronomy 11:8-32 we looked at the blessings that accompany our obedience: First, obedience to God’s Word makes God’s people strong. Obedience is like spiritual “spinach,” transforming our puny spiritual muscles into strength, like canned spinach did for Popeye. Obedience enables us to experience success. We obey, and God strengthens us. We obey, and we watch our lives become less complicated, clearer.

The second benefit of obedience is long life in the land. God’s gift of the Promised Land is so different from what his people knew as slaves in the dry, arid climate of Egypt or as nomads in the barren wilderness of the desert. Obedience brings abundance, but the length of days and quality of life plummets when God’s people live in disobedience, as described in Joel 1.

Listen to the whole sermon here, as we ponder these verses from Deuteronomy 11:26-28, the theme verses from this book:

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.

For this Sunday, Jan. 18

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCJoin us Sunday, January 18 at 9:15 am for our continuing Christian-Ed. series for adults, titled Christ and Culture. Our preschool and elementary children will resume their Catechism learning, so bring your little ones to the Children’s Room at 9:15 am.

Then join us at 10:30 am as we worship our Great God together. We’re continuing our Deuteronomy series, so read this note from our senior pastor.

Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday that’s easily viewed on any tablet; we do offer paper bulletins (including a LARGE PRINT edition) on Sunday morning as well. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship this weekend. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of how to get involved in current ministry opportunities, and other details about our worship service and church life. Or read the current edition of our weekly email newsletter below:

1/15/15 – Redeemer’s Email Blast

If you’re new or visiting, welcome to Charleston and Redeemer! We hope you’ll join us, and be sure to check out our details for Sunday worship including important information about parking.

Christ & Culture Class Started Sun., Jan. 11

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCAt Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our adult Christian-Education class started a new study this past Sunday, January 11, titled Christ and Culture. We began our study looking at the preeminence of Christ in all things, detailed in Colossians 1:9-20. Here are the questions we examined and the breakdown of verses 13-20.

Join us this Sunday, January 18 at 9:15 am as we continue our look at Christ and Culture! And you can help shape our cultural discussions by completing this form to offer feedback.